The Weather Channel family is thrilled to welcome meteorologist Jordan Steele as the weekday host for Quibi’s new show, Weather Today! Weather Today is a brand new show from The Weather Channel television network that will live on the highly-anticipated, mobile-first short form video platform Quibi. Viewers can expect a three-to-five minute show airing seven days a week that covers the most important weather news stories of the day, as well as a national forecast. Weather Today will be part of Quibi’s Daily Essentials slate, offering curated news, entertainment, and inspiration giving viewers everything they need to know and why it matters.
Now let’s get to the real reason you’re here, to get to know Jordan Steele! For more than a decade, Jordan has held strong meteorologist and host positions for a variety of TV stations and brings years of experience to the network. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Jordan served as Chief Meteorologist and Take 5 Host for KING-TV in Seattle, WA. Learn more about Jordan’s exciting journey with weather in the Q&A below!
Tell us about your educational background.
My story is unique. I was one of those kids who had no idea what I wanted to do as I got older. I did what many of my friends did and went to college. However, I had no idea what I wanted to study or what I wanted to learn, I just knew that if I didn’t go to college, my mother would not be happy. I ended up going to school at Northern Arizona University where much of my extended family lives. I studied Electronic Media and Film with a minor in Photography. I thought maybe I’d make movies one day or become a professional photographer. I fell into the student run news program and fell in love. I auditioned for the student weatherman and got the job. From there, I knew I had to learn more about weather. I graduated and got my first job in Eastern Washington as a weekend forecaster where I then obtained my meteorology degree from Mississippi State through distance learning. I’m at the next stage of life where I’m thinking about going back to school to get my master’s.
What sparked your passion for weather?
I think once I started learning about weather, that’s when I became obsessed. I grew up in the southwest where we don’t typically get anything too crazy. Once I started to learn about all the fascinating quirks within meteorology, I couldn’t stop appreciating it for all its beauty.
What’s the most unforgettable weather event you’ve covered?
There are 2 events that really stick out. One was in 2011 when Japan experienced a magnitude 9 earthquake and shook the earth and sent a tsunami all the way across the Pacific. I was working in Eugene, Oregon at the time and we were wall-to-wall coverage with potential tsunami risks. Another event was in Austin, Texas (which is also known as Flash Flood Alley.) We received 12” of rain in less than 12 hours. It was torrential rain that did not let up that caused the city to shut down. Another, much lesser, unforgettable weather event was in Seattle, Washington when snow covered the streets of the Emerald City. Nothing major like pineapple express flooding events the PNW sees every once in a while, but anything with snow gets me super excited. The fact we were able to see snow on Christmas morning was incredible.
What kind of weather is the most fascinating to you? Why?
I’m a huge snow enthusiast. I think it’s because I love winter sports so much. I love snowboarding, snowshoeing, but ultimately I love what it sounds like when it snows — dead silent. The snow absorbs so much noise that you can’t hear anything other than the sound of large flakes falling and the crunch of your footprints through the powder.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests you’re passionate about?
I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I have a million hobbies. I’m a big surfer (growing up on the west coast taught me that). I’ve surfed California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, South Carolina… All coast except The Great Lakes (yes, you can surf the Great Lakes). I’m a big camper, hiker, snowboarder, hunter, fisherman — you name it, if it’s outside I probably enjoy it.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I think many people are shocked with how down-to-earth I am. This job can put a stereotype on you… And when people meet me they always tell me, “You’re a lot different than what I thought.” I think it’s the suit-and-tie. But I’ll get down and dirty like the rest of us… To work on my car, my house, whatever. I rebuilt a house on the Washington coast. It took me a year. But I’m so glad I did. I learned so much about homes.
What part of being on The Weather Channel and Quibi team are you most excited about?
For Quibi — being a part of something that is the future of viewership. I love being on the forefront of ideas and this one definitely could change the way we watch content going forward. I also love how we’ll be working with some of the most creative people in Hollywood.
For TWC — The history. This is a show we’ve all watched since we were kids. Just stepping foot in this building is an experience I’ll never forget. I have to pinch myself every time I’m here. I love how passionate the people are about weather and I love the dedication to a field I’m in love with. To see like-minded colleagues all interested in the same thing, it’s special. That and of course walking next to legends like Cantore, Abrams, Goodloe, Bettes, etc.
What would you like to say to viewers who will be watching you on “Weather Today”?
I would say, get ready to have some fun. It’s a fast-moving show that crams in all things weather. We’ll have a lot of fun showing you what’s happening around the country and around the world. I’ll interject my personality from time to time, which I’m sure will show people how dorky I really am. You’re going to love it.
Join us in giving Jordan a warm welcome to The Weather Channel family, and watch him on Weather Today on Quibi! Download Quibi today in your favorite app store.