MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s that time of year when lots of people are graduating from high school or college and moving on to their next adventure.
In fact, the University of Minnesota’s commencement ceremonies are coming up this weekend. For some people, deciding what they want to do next is easy. For others not so much.READ MORE: A Closer Look At Peter Cahill, The Judge Presiding Over Derek Chauvin's Trial
So this week we decided we wanted to share with you how we ended up doing what we’re doing. Today we’re starting with Mike Augustyniak, our director of meteorology.READ MORE: Protesters March Through Downtown Minneapolis On Eve Of Chauvin Trial
Augustyniak said he wanted to get involved with weather for a living after the blizzard of 1993, which dropped about two feet of snow on the northeastern United States. He said he also had an interest in radio and had aspirations of becoming a disc jockey, and his local talk radio station covered that storm through its entirety.MORE NEWS: Jury Consultant: Picking Jurors In Derek Chauvin Trial Will Be 'Herculean Task'
Being a forecaster on television has brought both worlds together for him as he now tracks summer severe weather and winter blizzards in Minnesota’s crazy weather climate.