Director of Meteorology Mike Augustyniak was drawn to Minnesota by a love of active weather, and the opportunity to forecast for some of the most weather-savvy television viewers in the country.
Since joining the WCCO team in 2008, he’s also been able to achieve a new personal record for the most cups of coffee consumed in a 10-hour period.
Mike’s interest in weather began at an early age.
“I think my curiosity about the weather was fueled by the fact that, as a little guy, I was absolutely petrified of thunderstorms!”
In time (and with the help of a book called “Hippo Thunder”), Mike outgrew his fear, deciding in eighth grade that he wanted to study meteorology in college.
“The answers I gave on a 40-question ‘interest survey’ were fed into a computer, and the computer returned several careers that I might enjoy,” Mike explained. “‘Meteorologist’ was one of the jobs the computer returned, and right then I knew it was the job for me.”
In college, Mike studied meteorology under several of the world’s leading research scientists at the University at Albany. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval, and is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In May of 2008, Mike received his Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, also from the University at Albany. Findings from his master’s thesis — original research on a local terrain effect called Mohawk-Hudson Convergence — is currently in use to help meteorologists make more accurate forecasts around the region.
In addition to watching him on WCCO, you may have also seen Mike appear with Ellen DeGeneres on her nationally syndicated talk show, on the CBS Evening News, or on CBS This Morning. His work has been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards for broadcast excellence.
In his free time, Mike stays active by going to the gym, biking, rock climbing and playing with his Boston Terrier named Lola. He also enjoys traveling both around the U.S. and around the world. He has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, Spain, Morocco and Australia.
Opening a distillery is complicated, especially when you’re one of the first in the Minneapolis. The science of distilling, the art of the recipe, and less-than-helpful inspectors were some of the challenges that Du Nord Craft Spirits’ co-owner and head distiller Chris Montana faced early on.
As undergrads at the University of Minnesota, Brad Wellman and Matt Brunnette were the go-to style guys for their friends. Connected by a shared sense of style, each also has a family connection to handmade goods. Matt’s mom is a quilter, and Brad’s dad is a woodworker.
Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads back to Lyn 65 in Richfield for a drink that provides a taste of “The Big Easy.”
Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Lyn 65 in Richfield for a drink that will get you in the spirit to head south of the border.
Our first stretch of mild March weather has prompted some golf courses across the state to open ahead of schedule or at least get ready for the season to start. As of Tuesday, there are two golf courses near the Twin Cities that are open for business, and more are scheduled to get their season started this week.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Shag Sushi for a cocktail that’s a full-body experience: not just taste but sight, sound, smell, feel.
Did you know Minneapolis is home to the oldest sketch comedy troupe in the country? It’s called the Brave New Workshop, founded by former circus performer Dudley Riggs in 1958.
The Spring Parade of Homes is back for their 67th year — and this time with a focus on kitchens. It features more than 430 new homes open to tour all across the extended metro region. Prices range from as low as $142,000 up to $2.5 million.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers to check out another one of their “micro” cocktails.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Lowry Hill Dunn Brothers to check out one of their “micro” cocktails.
A week ago, we were wrapping up a six-day stretch of above-average temperatures and some melting. But Wednesday brought a different story and a different season, after officially bottoming out at minus 9 degrees in the morning. And as cold as it is Wednesday, it’s not a record. February has been cold, with way more days below average than above — and Wednesday was the coldest.
Add “The Atlantic” magazine to the list of national publications that are in love with the Twin Cities. While we’ve heard the accolades before: We’re smart! We’re financially stable! There’s a lot to do here! An upcoming article in the March 2015 issue of “The Atlantic” explores how the hearty stew of all of those factors makes the Twin Cities a model for others. The authors go so far as to call it “The Miracle of Minneapolis.”
Small batch beer, or craft beer, is a huge trend — especially in Minnesota. And now brewers are taking it to the next level. The new trend has beer aging the same way wine does: in barrels.
If your Valentine’s Day plans include staying in, I have an idea. What about impressing your sweetie with an easy, homemade craft cocktail? Here are three recipes from a bartender whose own love life heated up in a kitchen — Laurel Elm from Saint Dinette.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the essential Scotch cocktail, served up in a neighborhood setting.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to The Mill Northeast and to make the drink, you’ll need to draw a warm bath.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Brasserie Zentral to see their twist on a classic American drink
Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the Winter Sidecar from Minneapolis’ Brasserie Zentral.
Hundreds of hockey players are hitting the ice this weekend as part of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. It’s a chance to lace up your skates and celebrate hockey the way nature intended.
This week we featured two drinks from the Negroni menu of Marin’s Library Bar. The first, called Ol’ Dirty, is a classic recipe. The most popular Negroni on the menu is actually a spin on the original called Method Man. It uses an herbal liqueur called Chartreuse to stand in for the traditional vermouth.
In the world of Bloody Marys there aren’t many absolutes. The origin of the Bloody Mary is definitely not in dispute, except that it may be. It really depends on who you ask.
Whether at the Science Museum of Minnesota, or in the classroom, there’s a good chance that you or your kids have had a butterfly as a teacher. Monarch butterflies have been used for generations to teach elementary-aged children about lifecycles and the wonders of nature.
All this month Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to Kincaid’s in Bloomington.