Mike Augustyniak

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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Schenectady, New York
Alma Mater: University at Albany

FAVORITES
Music: Sam Hunt
Movie: Love Actually
TV Show: The West Wing
Book: Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage
Food: Pizza (but only New York-style)
Local Restaurant: Spoon & Stable
Sport/Exercise: Cycling
Historical Figure: Wright Brothers
Favorite Minnesotan: Eric Decker
Quote: “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose.” — Walt Whitman
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Vacation Spot: Barcelona
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast or West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Duck

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.

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Mike’s Mix: Java Jive’s Espresso Float

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09/05/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Cafe Caribe’s Hard Root Beer Float

Café Caribe, on Carnes Avenue at the entrance to the Midway at the Minnesota State fair, opened 17 years ago. This year, for the first time, adults will get to imbibe like kids with the brand-new Hard Root Beer Float.

08/29/2015

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The city of Minneapolis is testing out a new smartphone app that will allow drivers to pay for on-street parking from their phone.

08/26/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Gin Drinks From Tattersall Cocktail Room

Last week, Mike checked out Tattersall Distilling. This week, he visited their cocktail room.

08/22/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Tattersall Distilling

Jon Kreidler opened Tattersall Distillery in Northeast Minneapolis in July 2015 with Dan Oskey, whom he first met when they were second-grade classmates.

08/15/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Blue Henn Artisan Tonic Syrup

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he visits Blue Henn and revises his opinion on the “love it or hate it” tonic.

08/08/2015

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Report: Minneapolis Named ‘Least Comfortable’ Major City In Lower 48

Minnesota’s moody weather often draws the national spotlight — from brutal cold and blizzards to flooding and searing heat.

08/06/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Smoky Watermelon Margarita

Watermelon, outside, on a hot day — it’s pretty refreshing, right? Make a margarita out of it, and you’ve hit upon a bestseller at Salsa a la Salsa — Uptown Minneapolis’s authentic Mexican restaurant.

08/01/2015

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Mosquito Season Getting Longer In Minnesota

There are lots of things to celebrate about Minnesota summers, but mosquitos aren’t one of them. Now there are signs that the mosquito season is actually getting longer.

07/30/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Cider Cocktails

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he mixes things up and brings you a few cocktails that will be served at the Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirits Classic.

07/25/2015

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Minn. Distillery Founder Mixing Up Beverage-Focused Thirst Network

Why isn’t there a beverage network? Lee Egbert, one of the forces behind Dashfire Bitters and 11 Wells Spirits in St. Paul, has thought about this question quite a bit.

07/15/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Saint Dinette’s Summer Bourbon

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Saint Dinette for a refreshing cocktail for the summer. Think of bourbon as a winter spirit? Think again.

07/11/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Pat’s Tap’s Blood & Snow

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Pat’s Tap for a new spin on an old Hollywood classic — the Blood & Snow.

07/04/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Pero Por Que Papi At Constantine

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Constantine for a smoky, spicy drink — the Pero Por Que Papi.

06/27/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Fika’s Strawberry Ginger Collins

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to Fika Cafe to check out their Strawberry Ginger Collins.

06/20/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Butcher & The Boar’s Old Fashioned

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the Butcher & the Boar to check out one of the best known cocktails, but also one of the harder ones to get just right: the Old Fashioned.

06/13/2015

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Mike’s Mix: The Red Cow Negroni

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the Red Cow to check out their signature cocktail for Negroni Week.

06/06/2015

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Mike’s Mix: On the Patio At Nonna Rosa’s

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he heads to the patio at Nonna Rosa’s. More people are discovering a stretch of West Broadway in Robbinsdale as “must-eat” stop for foodies. That’s where you’ll find grandma’s recipes served up on a cozy patio and cocktails inspired by the Amalfi Coast.

05/30/2015

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Mike’s Mix: 6Smith

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Lake Minnetonka’s 6Smith, who make their infusions and syrups from scratch.

05/23/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Rooftop Patio At Union

It’s patio season! Well, sort of – this early in the season, the weather can have you grabbing for the shorts one day, and the parka the next. Still, next weekend is Memorial Day weekend and, if you’re ready to imbibe outside, Union Rooftop in downtown Minneapolis has the solution for spring’s squirrely weather.

05/16/2015

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Tropical Storm Ana Starts Hurricane Season Early

Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start officially until June 1, but this year we’ve already seen our first named storm.

05/14/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Caffeinating For A Cause With Rainbow Brew

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. In a change of pace this week, he spoke to Cory Weissman and David Birchard about “Rainbow Brew,” the coffee with a cause.

05/09/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Tequila Cocktails For Cinco De Mayo

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Masa in downtown Minneapolis for a drink that will have us ready for Cinco De Mayo.

05/02/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Mint Julep

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to St. Paul’s Dixie’s on Grand for a southern classic.

04/25/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Craft Cocktails At Target Field

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Target Field to check out the best cocktails for this year’s Twins season.

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