Mike Bettes

On-Camera Meteorologist and Co-Host,
"Weather Underground"

Mike Bettes is an award-winning meteorologist and tornado chaser for The Weather Channel. No stranger to severe weather, he has covered nearly every extreme weather event since he began at The Weather Channel in 2003, including Joplin in 2011 and El Reno in 2013. In 2009 to 2010, he was part of the largest tornado field experiment in history, Vortex 2, to help better understand this elusive phenomenon, and he is the lead field meteorologist during the network’s annual tornado season coverage, The Great Tornado Hunt.

Previously, Bettes was chief meteorologist for WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC. Earlier, he spent four years as weekend meteorologist for WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio, and one year as weekend meteorologist for WKEF in Dayton, Ohio.

During his career, Bettes has covered nearly every type of weather imaginable. He has been through blizzards and floods; reported live from the coast during Hurricanes Bonnie, Floyd, Katrina and Isabel; and has also chased tornadoes across the plains. In 2001 Bettes won an Emmy for his series on storm chasing on WSYX-TV in Columbus.

Bettes holds the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association seals of approval. In his spare time, he likes to surf the Internet, watch college football and work out. Competing in triathlons is one of his passions. He has finished dozens of races and hopes to race in Ironman Hawaii one day soon. A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Bettes earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science at Ohio State University.

Q&A


Where are you from?
Tallmadge, OH
Where did you go to college?
Ohio State University
What's your favorite season?
Summer
How long have you been with The Weather Channel?
Ever since 2003.
What's your favorite weather memory?
Witnessing a tornado from start to finish in Goshen County, WY in June 2009. At one point, the funnel tilted over and I could see right down inside of it.
What is your most memorable/funniest on-camera moment?
Challenging Stephanie Abrams to a hot dog eating contest on July 4th.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
When I was in 2nd grade a TV fell on my head at school and knocked me out cold.
What sparked your passion for weather?
Living through the Blizzard of 1978 in Northeast Ohio. We didn't have school for a week!
If you could only have one piece of weather data what would you choose and why?
Temperature. It's the most important of them all and the most useful on a daily basis. I'm practical. What can I say?
What do you want to say to our fans?
Thanks for watching and thanks for being as insanely passionate about the weather as we are.