Mike Seidel is a field reporter for The Weather Channel. He is most often associated with his live reports from major weather events.
Since March 1992, Seidel stands ready to go out on assignments “at a moment’s notice” to cover extreme weather from hurricanes to snowstorms. He has been the subject of several newspaper articles in the cities he has visited, all with the theme “If Seidel’s in town, the weather is going to be terrible.” That’s true in most cases. However, Seidel does get some non-extreme assignments as well, such as covering NFL football weekly, the Super Bowl, the PGA Tour, U.S. Open Tennis, NASCAR, the Indianapolis 500 and several other major events.
His 14- to 18-hour days in the field generally include two reports each hour for The Weather Channel and often live reports for affiliates in major cities and NBC, including ‘The Today Show’, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’, MSNBC and CNBC. Seidel has also appeared on 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’ along with CNN and Fox News Channel. He’s filled in for Tony Perkins ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and for Al Roker on ‘The Today Show’ in New York City. Seidel became the first Weather Channel and U.S. meteorologist to report live from Cuba during Tropical Storm Isaac in August, 2012.
Seidel, began his television career in 1980 at Salisbury’s WMDT-TV, and appeared on Weather World on the Pennsylvania Public Television Network while attending Penn State. Seidel’s first full-time TV job was at WYFF-TV in Greenville, SC, where he worked from 1983 to 1989. He returned to Salisbury in 1989 as chief meteorologist at WBOC-TV where he remained until joining The Weather Channel.
Seidel is a graduate of Salisbury State College with a double major in mathematics and geography. He earned his master’s degree in meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University. He received the American Meteorological Society’s Television Seal of Approval in 1988.
Seidel was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Societies at SSC and Chi Epsilon Pi, the National Meteorology Honor Society, at Penn State. In 1994, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the department of geography and regional planning at Salisbury State College in recognition of his outstanding support. He was named Centennial Fellow of The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State in 1996 in recognition of his achievements since graduation. Seidel was also invited to join the Obelisk Society in acknowledgment of his support of Penn State’s department of meteorology.