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Jim Willem Vanderzwaan (born May 1, 1950) is an Dutch-American television meteorologist who worked in Salinas, California.[2] He holds the National Weather Association's seal of approval.[3] His ability at weather forecasting has earned him awards from both the Associated Press and the Radio-Television News Directors Association.[2]

Jim Vanderzwaan
Jacobus Wilhelmus van der Zwaan[1]

(1950-05-01) May 1, 1950 (age 69)



Vanderzwaan was born in Aruba; he moved to the United States at 5 years old and became a U.S. citizen in 1972.[1][4] His career in broadcasting began in 1974 in Reno, Nevada. Pursuing an airman certificate in 1978 sparked his interest in meteorology and his career turned to broadcast meteorology two years later.[5] Before permanently settling in his residence in the Salinas Valley in 1983 he worked at stations in Boise, Idaho and Medford, Oregon.[2]

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With his strong interest in aviation, Jim has been a frequent announcer at two of central California's airshows.[2] Both the Santa Cruz County airshow as well as the larger California International Airshow in Salinas have had Jim perform as crowd entertainer and educator. He's appeared at the airshow in Salinas since 1983 as announcer and has performed as director of flight operations as well.[6]


  1. ^ a b California, Federal Naturalization Records, 1843-1999
  2. ^ a b c d "Jim Vanderzwaan". KSBW. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  3. ^ "National Weather Association Weathercaster Seal of Approval". National Weather Association. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2008-09-08.
  4. ^ U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)
  5. ^ Jan Null. "For the weather elsewhere, take a trip to your computer or library". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  6. ^ Dan Linehan. "Local flyboy comes home to star in the skies above Salinas". Retrieved 2008-09-08.[permanent dead link]

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