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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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota. (Go Ponies!)
Alma Mater: University of Utah-Salt Lake City (Go Utes!)

FAVORITES
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

THIS OR THAT
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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most recent stories2 Chris Shaffer

Weather Blog: Monday’s Record Heat

It looks more and more like this will be one of our warmest Decembers on record.

12/26/2011

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Weather Blog: Winter’s Arrival

Winter officially begins at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, but it won’t feel like winter for quite some time.

12/20/2011

Weather Blog: Warming Again

Our Friday will feel fairly average for this time of year with a high around 27 degrees and a chance of some flurries.

12/15/2011

Weather Blog: December Rain

We warmed to 40 for the first time this month Monday. Not record heat by any stretch, but a good ten degrees above average for this time of year.

12/12/2011

Weather Blog: Bye, Bye Snow

We currently have a snow depth in the Twin Cities of two inches. That is what remains from our snowfall last Saturday. Since then temperatures have been cool enough for our snow to stick around, but that will change this weekend.

12/09/2011

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Weather Blog: Baby It’s Cold Outside

The wind will make if feel below zero Thursday morning. There will be a secondary cold front dropping south as the day progresses. This is the leading edge of the coldest air yet this season.

12/07/2011

Weaher Blog: A Part Of History

We have just lived through the driest autumn in Twin Cities history. This goes back over the past 141 years.

12/01/2011

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Weather Blog: Warm November

November has been dry and warm, so why not end it that way. The last day of the month will be the warmest of the next several days.

11/29/2011

Weather Blog: Pretty Dreary

On average, November and December are our cloudiest months. We are living up to it these days.

11/22/2011

Weather Blog: Let It Snow!

We’ve only received a trace of snow so far in the Twin Cities. That is about 5 inches below average for this time of year. We won’t gain it all back in one storm, but we will see some snow.

11/18/2011

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Weather Blog: Feels Like March

We start our Thursday with the coolest air since late March. At least the wind will be lighter, but the teens feel cold.

11/16/2011

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Weather Blog: Cool Again

A cold front will swing through dry early on Tuesday, and the wind will crank up from the west with 10-20 mph gusts. And cooler air is coming our way.

11/14/2011

Weather Blog: No Snow, But …

We escaped the latest storm system without one single flake.

11/09/2011

Weather Blog: Nice Hair

It will be hard to maintain your lovely hairdo this weekend as a strong storm passes to our west over the Dakotas.

11/04/2011

Weather Blog: October Summary

We wrapped up the month of October and will remember it as a warm and dry one.

11/01/2011

Perfect Storm: 20 Years Since The Halloween Blizzard

It’s one of the most memorable storms — ever. It was 20 years ago when the Twins had just won the World Series and then, a few days later, on Halloween, it started to snow.

10/30/2011

Weather Blog: Active Pattern

Another storm system passes early on Friday that will trigger a few spotty showers with a few flakes mixed in up north.

10/27/2011

Weather Blog: Now We’re Talking!

Our temps finally shot up over average Friday with a high of 61 degrees (that’s 5 degrees warmer than average). Lucky for us, the mild air will stay in place right through the weekend.

10/21/2011

Weather Blog: Micro Warm Up

It is time to say goodbye to the November-like air mass that has been parked over us for the past few days.

10/19/2011

Weather Blog: Is It November?

Remember in early October when it felt like July with highs in the 80s? Well that is just a memory now.

10/17/2011

Weather Blog: Big Changes Ahead

We finally received a respectable amount of rain on Wednesday. Many towns enjoyed over half an inch.

10/12/2011

Weather Blog: 1 Last Summer-Like Day

We were spoiled with 8 consecutive days with highs in the 80s. Monday’s clouds and rain ended our nice little summer heat streak.

10/10/2011

Weather Blog: Warm Enough For You?

We hit 83 degrees on Monday, and the air felt great on the ground and hundreds of feet over it.

10/03/2011

Weather Blog: Blown Away

I think that was a movie back in the 90s with Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones, but I bring it up because it describes what our Thursday will feel like.

09/28/2011

Weather Blog: Talk Of Snow?

Don’t panic, it is historic talk of snow.

09/26/2011

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