Jordan Witzel loves the serious challenge of forecasting weather in the foothills of Alberta as Global News Calgary’s Weather Specialist.
With a Master of Science degree in Applied Meteorology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Operational Meteorology, Witzel brings a decade of experience forecasting weather in western Canada to the news team.
Witzel grew up in Vancouver, BC and earned his broadcast diploma at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) before moving to Drayton Valley to begin his career in radio. Following a year of radio in central Alberta, he made the jump to television weather in Winnipeg. After several years of forecasting harsh winters for Manitobans, it was time to get back to the mountains at Global News Calgary.
Highlights of Witzel’s career include the opportunity to give back to military veterans by raising nearly $60,000 for the Calgary Poppy Fund in 2013 by suffering through a grueling military boot camp hosted by former U.S. Navy Seals. He’s also had the opportunity to fly a CF-18 under the watchful eyes of the talented Canadian Forces pilots and is passionate about recognizing the personal sacrifices that military families make in order to serve their country.
Witzel is also devoted to passing his science knowledge on to younger generations. He loves making classroom visits to talk about environment and spends much of his free time tutoring students of all ages in math and science.
When not looking over weather maps or working with young students, Witzel dedicates his time and energy to his family. From coaching his two young boys in baseball to promoting a healthy family lifestyle with his wife, they have fun being active and love adventuring across Alberta in their travel trailer as a way to enjoy everything that the province has to offer.
Take a look through Jordan Witzel’s work on weather warnings: “Do Albertans trust weather warnings? Improving the delivery of weather warnings in Canada.” Continue reading →