Mike Lynch is a native Minnesotan who grew up in Richfied, Minnesota. He attended St. Peter’s Grade school and Holy Angels High School. After two years at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1979. Shortly after he hired as a broadcast meteorologist at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis and been there ever since. Mike has covered all kinds of weather from deadly tornados to record cold snaps. In fact on February 2nd, 1996, he broadcasted from Tower, Minnesota when the temperature dropped down to 60 below zero, an all time record low for the state of Minnesota.
Mike’s other passion since he was a teenager has been astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years and has build three scopes since then. For 40 years Mike has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers, and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. His goal is to help people make the stars their old friends. He’s also become an avid astrophotographer.
Mike has written Astronomy/Stargazing books through Voyageur Press for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New England, New Jersey, The Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and Southern Canada. Mike also wrote WCCO Minnesota Weather Watch in 2007 and was a finalist in the recent Minnesota Book Awards.
Mike also writes a weekly Starwatch column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and more than two dozen other newspapers across the United States.
Mike and his wife Kathy live in Eagan, Minnesota and have two grown children, Angie and Shaun.
Skies will clear enough for us to see the partial solar eclipse Sunday night. It begins at about 7 p.m., and while it’s not a total eclipse it’ll be really cool because the when the sun sets around 8:45 it’ll be 60 percent eclipsed.
Early this evening, Venus and the crescent moon will be in a nice celestial hug again. Tonight the crescent moon will be just to upper left of the very bright planet Venus. The moon is [...]
This early evening, Monday, April 23 the very thin crescent moon will, be just to the left the Pleiades in the low western sky in the constellation Taurus the Bull. Early tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April [...]
This evening in the low southeastern sky they’ll be a nice conjunction between the full moon, the bright star Spica, and the planet Saturn.
If we ever get a break in the clouds in the early evening (which we probably won’t), catch the Venus-Jupiter show in the western sky. They’re the brightest star-like objects in the western sky and [...]
Mike Lynch says that Saturday evening in the western sky they’ll be a wonderful conjunction between the crescent moon and the bright planet Venus.
Mike Lynch says the Venus-Jupiter show is getting better in the western sky after evening twilight. They’re the brightest star-like objects in the sky. Right now they’re less than 25 degrees apart, but during the [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Over the next several nights you can use the full moon to locate Mars in the eastern evening sky. On Wednesday night, after about 8 p.m., look for a definitely reddish star-like [...]
Don’t miss seeing to the conjunction between the crescent moon and Venus this evening in the southwestern sky.
Tonight, look for a super bright star just below the gibbous (football-shaped) moon. That star is actually the planet Jupiter, right around 446 million miles away.
Tonight the new crescent moon will sitting just above the bright planet Venus in the southwestern early evening sky. Don’t miss it!
Mike Lynch say this evening and Thursday evening the new crescent moon will have a celestial hugging with the bright planet Venus.
We’ll have an almost total lunar eclipse on this coming Saturday morning in the western sky.
Mike Lynch said look for a lovely celestial hugging Tuesday night between the waxing gibbous moon and the bright planet Jupiter.
Griswald Mike Lynch’s 2011 Christmas house. Dave Lee Xmas light photos are still to come.