Chris Shaffer

Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota and left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications. Chris is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a proud member of the American Meteorological Society.
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Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota. (Go Ponies!)
Alma Mater: University of Utah-Salt Lake City (Go Utes!)

Music: Anything ’80s
Movie: Star Wars
TV Show: Saved By The Bell
Book: The Bible
Food: Mexican
Local Restaurant: My Stillwater and Woodbury faves
Hidden MN Gem: I want it to stay hidden
Sport/Exercise: Football
Historical Figure: Elvis Presley
Favorite Minnesotan: Seann William Scott
Quote: “Don’t exist. Live.”
Word: Awesome
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Holiday: Halloween
Planet: Earth

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

Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota and left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications.

Chris is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a proud member of the American Meteorological Society. He has been awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation. You may have seen him over the years doing the weather on television at KMSP FOX9 and WFTC/UPN 29. You may have also heard him back in his radio days on KOOL108, BOB100 (as Blaze Bodean), 104.1 The Point (as Cheeks), Cities 97, K102 (as Jack Wilde and himself) or KTLK.

It is no wonder why Chris is so passionate about Minnesota weather. His great uncle Wilbur was struck and killed by lightning while farming in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1952.

His family vehicle was once chased by a tornado near Maplewood, Minn. and one December on the way to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, his family spent the night snowed in at a church in Winthrop, Minn., praying the blizzard would let up so they could get to Redwood Falls and open their presents the next morning.

Chris and his wife have family members all around the Twin Cities. And it’s natural to forecast for the entire region with family in Pipestone, St. Cloud, Willmar, Sartell and Blooming Prairie just to name a few.

Chris loves the weather because it is always changing and is a constant challenge, much like raising his three daughters, who are as loud as a thunderstorm, pretty as a sunset and strong as a straight-line wind.

And who can forget the family pets … two guinea pigs (Pixie and Posie) and a Boston Terrier named Bailey.

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Southern Minnesota Bracing For Friday Snow

We’ve got a definite change in the weather coming all across the state. Strong winds arrived Thursday and brought much colder temperatures to the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. But that’s just the beginning.


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Garth Brooks Promises Fans Great Shows

WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer had a chance to sit down with Garth Brooks early Thursday night, right before the start of his 11-show run at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Chris is a huge fan, and says Garth is truly one of the nicest guys he’s ever met. In the video above, Garth tells Chris how Minnesota and the Target Center have a special place in his heart.


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Storm Dumps 9 Inches Of Snow On Central Minnesota

A winter storm centered in central Nebraska is expected to cause some significant snowfall in Minnesota by early Wednesday morning.


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Weather Blog: Warming…To The Teens

I was just thinking how funny it must sound to someone visiting from the south. I pop on television with a big smile on my face excited to tell WCCO viewers that it will warm to the teens Thursday.


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Weather Blog: Let It Snow!

Holiday music is playing wherever you go. You put the tree up, and your outdoor lights are shining. Now, we just need some snow. It’s coming!


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Weather Blog: The Big Chill

Our flurries will pass, causing some slowing on the roads. We haven’t had much experience in the snowfall department this year with only 1.1 inches in the Twin Cities. Some south of the Twin Cities could see some minimal accumulation this evening, but the big headline is still focused on the cold air on the way.



Weather Blog: Fifty Nifty Degrees

It had been 10 days since we had felt the 50s around here. That all changed Wednesday when we warmed to 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. That is actually seven degrees above average for this time of year (and 22 degrees warmer than Tuesday).


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Weather Blog: The Opener

This will be remembered as a windy deer hunting opener. Those who hunt in extreme northern Minnesota will have to walk through snowy fields or woods this weekend.


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A Timeline Of Oklahoma’s Destructive Tornado

From a meteorological standpoint, conditions for severe weather were perfect Monday. As many as 28 tornadoes struck the Midwest.


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WCCO’s Weather Watcher Network Is More Than 500 Strong

The severe weather season is almost here, and this year WCCO will be able to bring you a more detailed forecast than ever before.


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Weather Blog: April Snow Showers

Here in the Twin Cities we average 2.4 inches of snow in the month of April. Much of it melts on contact with the warmer ground, and even if it does accumulate it doesn’t last for long.


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Weather Blog: Slick Spots

We finally have some precipitation coming our way, but it will be problematic. I know I have been beating the drum for any kind of precipitation, but we could do without freezing drizzle.


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Weather Blog: Dry And Mild

High temperatures punched back above average today and there were reports of 1-3 inches of snow from Ely to Duluth. It will be fairly quiet the next few days with afternoon highs near average (34 degrees).


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Weather Blog: When Can I Turn Off The Air?

This is a question I field quite often at WCCO. It has been hot — the second warmest July on record — and humid this summer.


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Weather Blog: We Need Rain

It has been very pleasant around here lately with temps above average but not stifling hot like last week. Our dew points are much better too, so the air is warm but not humid. That will change.


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Weather Blog: Feels Like April

We are locked in cool, northwest flow. These temps are average for around April 20 — not late-May.


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Weather Blog: Warming Up!

Wednesday was close to average with a high near 70. With the light wind, dry conditions and sunshine, some would say it was close to perfection.


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Reported Tornado Damages Farm Buildings Near Kiester

A line of storms triggered tornado warnings and dumped heavy rain as it rumbled down the Interstate 90 corridor across far southern Minnesota.


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Minn. Storms Whip Up High Winds, Dump Hail

Storms packing high winds and windshield-shattering hail have rumbled across central Minnesota, but no serious damage or injuries are reported.


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Weather Blog: Warm Again, But Then …

It had been nine days since we last felt the 70s. Tuesday’s high of 73 cracked that streak and brought many smiles around town.


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Weather Blog: Typical April Weekend

It will be a little cooler than average this weekend, and try to remember what April showers bring.


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Weather Blog: More Rain

We are still suffering from drought conditions across the state and into western Wisconsin. So, any rainfall at this point is welcome rainfall.


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Weather Blog: Up And Down

Let’s start off with the good news: there isn’t a threat of severe weather this week.


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Weather Blog: A Bit Of Variety

It was all about the strong wind , and we finally received some much needed rain Friday.


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Weather Blog: Windy Easter

It could be worse. It could be a snowy Easter. Or a bitter cold one. Instead the greatest weather factor will be the wind.



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