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Michael Phillip "Mike" Seidel (born January 18, 1956) is an American meteorologist who has worked at The Weather Channel since March 1992.[1][2] He is noted for his field reporting from breaking weather including severe weather, hurricanes, and snowstorms.[3]

Mike Seidel
Born
Michael Phillip Seidel

(1956-01-18) January 18, 1956 (age 63)
Alma materSalisbury State College (B.S., Mathematics, 1979)
Pennsylvania State University (M.S., Meteorology)
OccupationMeteorologist, The Weather Channel
Spouse(s)Christine Schroder

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Early careerEdit

Seidel's interest in weather started at the age of six when he began measuring snowfall in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland.[4][1] While he was in the eighth grade in school, Seidel installed a weather station on the roof of his house.[5] He worked for four local radio stations during his high school and college years, including WJDY-AM in Salisbury, WDMV-AM in Pocomoke City and WKHI-FM in Ocean City (all three in Maryland), as well as WSUX-FM in Seaford, Delaware. After graduating from Wicomico Senior High School, now Wicomico High School, Seidel attended Salisbury State College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics, in 1979.[5] He also majored in geography.

Immediately after his graduation, Seidel began his television career with WMDT-TV, from 1980-1982, in Salisbury.[1] Seidel also entered graduate school, and he earned his Master's degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Seidel wrote his master's thesis under the direction of Dr. Greg Forbes, now The Weather Channel's expert on severe weather. During his graduate studies, Seidel appeared on Weather World on the Pennsylvania Public Television Network.

Seidel's first full-time broadcasting position was at WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, where he worked from 1983 through 1989.[1] He next returned to Salisbury in 1989 to work as the meteorologist for WBOC-TV. Seidel remained there until March 1992, when he left for The Weather Channel.

The Weather ChannelEdit

Seidel covered his first storm, Hurricane Edouard, on Labor Day Weekend in 1996 on Cape Cod.[1] Since then he has covered nearly 70 tropical storms and hurricanes, nor'easters, numerous snow and ice storms, and tornado outbreaks. He has also reported live from the PGA Tour, the Baseball All-Star Game, the World Series, and the Indianapolis 500 automobile race. From 2002 to 2012, Seidel hosted the National Football League "Kickoff Forecast" segments every Sunday morning from NFL venues.

While at The Weather Channel, Seidel has appeared on numerous network news programs, including NBC-TV's Today Show and NBC Nightly News, CBS-TV's The Early Show, The CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC-TV's Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and World News Now. Seidel has also reported live from breaking weather on MSNBC, the Cable News Network and Fox News Channel. Seidel filled in for Tony Perkins on ABC's Good Morning America in 2003 and for Al Roker on NBC's The Today Show in 2009. He became the first Weather Channel and U.S. meteorologist to report live from Cuba during coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac August 24–26, 2012.[6] On January 12, 2018, Seidel did his 20,000th live shot during a snowstorm in Rochester, NY. [7]

While reporting from North Carolina during Hurricane Florence in 2018, Seidel received some media attention after a video was published showing him bracing his feet against the wind while two men walked behind him. Observers on Twitter and some comedic news headlines suggested that Seidel was exaggerating the severity of the winds. In response, The Weather Channel stated, "It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted."[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Seidel has been married to Christine Schroder since 1994.[1] They have two children, Sam and Zoe.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mike Seidel still at the center of the weather". Salisbury Independent. May 17, 2017. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. ^ "Weather Channel's Mike Seidel gets own bobblehead". Salisbury Independent. July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "ABC News: Tornadoes Claim at Least 24 Lives in Tennessee". www.abcnews.go.com. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
  4. ^ Lewis, Monique (October 28, 2006), "Mike Seidel-Local Meteorologist", Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland, retrieved April 9, 2010
  5. ^ a b "Dedicated to the weather". December 13, 2009. Archived from the original on November 2, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "Seidel Reports Live from Cuba -- a TWC First". August 25, 2012. Archived from the original on August 25, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Rochester's snowfall brings The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel for 20,000th live shot". Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Moye, David (September 14, 2018). "Weatherman Braces For Hurricane Florence While 2 Guys Walk By As If Nothing's Wrong". Huffington Post. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Wise, Justin (September 14, 2018). "Weather Channel defends reporter seen in viral Hurricane Florence video". The Hill. Retrieved September 15, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • YouTube Mike Seidel's YouTube Channel