Michael has had a keen interest in the weather for as long as he can remember. When he was five his family moved from Coquitlam to Victoria making the journey across the Strait in a wicked storm onboard the family boat. “That may have been the moment I fell in love with weather. Waves were crashing over the bow and I stayed on the bridge getting absolutely drenched by the cold ocean water with my dad,” Michael recalls.
Michael originally studied at the University of Victoria before following his dream to become a meteorologist. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri to complete degrees in Meteorology and Communications/Journalism at Saint Louis University. He went on to intern with NBC affiliates in St. Louis and Eugene, Oregon, before returning to Canada in 1994 as RDTV’s on-air meteorologist in Red Deer, Alberta. There, he also anchored weekend sports and hosted a daytime talk show.
Michael moved to Toronto in 1996 to become The Weather Network’s only full-time on-air meteorologist. One year later, he moved back to Alberta to help launch Edmonton’s A-Channel (now Citytv) as its meteorologist, becoming one of Edmonton’s most popular television personalities and one of the country’s most accurate forecasters in the process. He returned to Toronto in 2001 to anchor the weather on Global Ontario’s weekday supper hour and late night newscasts, before joining Citytv Toronto in 2006.
In 2010, Michael moved back home to B.C. where he worked at CTV until 2015, before arriving at Global BC. In fact, the Global BC studio isn’t far from his childhood home in Coquitlam. You can watch Michael weekends on Global News Morning, Global News at Noon, and BC1.
Michael has always been passionate about science education and over the years has taught thousands of school kids about weather and climate science. He’s also an avid skier and snowboarder. He’s a certified Level 2 snowboard instructor and Level 1 race coach. He and wife Kristine have three very active kids that keep them busy. Michael coaches both of his boys’ soccer teams and continues to play the sport himself.
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