Mike Hamernik

Mike Hamernik has been a member of the WGN WeatherCenter team since 2005 and began his Chicago broadcast career in 2002 with CLTV.

A Chicago native, Mike’s passion for weather can be traced back to the age of six when a microburst felled many of the large elm trees on his family’s north side block in Rogers Park. By the time Mike was 8 years old, he began collecting and studying weather maps provided to him by Chicago weather legend Harry Volkman. Harry, who was WGN’s chief meteorologist at the time, became aware of the youngsters keen interest through Mike’s father, Donald Hamernik, who worked at WGN as a staff musician for Bozo’s Circus and Artists’ Showcase.

Mike left Chicago to study meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was in Madison that he landed his first forecasting position with Weather Central Incorporated. In 1992, Mike moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a meteorologist for KGAN-TV (CBS) and WMT-AM/FM. From there, he was the chief meteorologist at KTTC-TV (NBC) in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1994 to 2001.

Mike is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

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    Weekend weather: Dry with possible storms Sunday night

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    Mostly dry, sunny for remainder of weekend

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    7-Day Forecast: Warm days, cooler nights ahead

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    7-Day Forecast: An early fall preview

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    Showers and storms drench Chicago area

    CHICAGO — Slow moving showers and thunderstorms drenched the Chicago area Thursday evening. Flooding concerns remain in the area. A Flooding Advisory has been issued for Cook, Kane and DuPage counties.   💦 Rain gauge reports as of 7PM: 1.82" Jefferson Park1.39" Albany Park1.37" Forest Glen1.15" Park Ridge0.91" Edison Park0.73" O'Hare — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) July 7, 2016   💦 Rain gauge reports from Chicago's north side thru 6:10PM 0.94" Lincoln Park0,87" Old Town0.85" Bucktown0.37" Wrigley Field — Mike Hamernik […]

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    Several tornadoes reported as severe weather slams greater Chicago area

    Severe weather ripped across the Chicago area and portions of Illinois Wednesday night. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Livingston County in central Illinois where there were reports of damage and power outages in the city of Pontiac. Pontiac fire officials and the sheriff’s department declined to confirm early reports of damage by high winds to a trailer park. However, Commonwealth Edison spokesman Anita Martinez said trees have brought down power lines in the city. @NWSChicago @WGNNews […]

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    Severe weather, tornadoes rip through Illinois

    Severe weather moved through the greater Chicago area Wednesday night. Several tornadoes were reported as well as wide spread flooding and damage   Updates at Chicago Weather Center Below was WGN’s minute-by-minute coverage:

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    Watches and warning issued as severe weather erupts across state

    The strong storms will continue to advance towards Chicago tonight. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Will, Kankakee and Lake County, Ind. until 11:45 p.m.  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Boone; Cook; De Kalb; DuPage; Ford; Grundy; Iroquois; Kane; Kankakee; Kendall; Lake; McHenry and Will until 3 a.m. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Iroquois, Ford, Kankakee counties in Illinois and Newton County in Indiana until 10:30 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning has been […]

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    Spring-like temps return to forecast

    CHICAGO — The center of high pressure will move east with strengthening SW winds flowing up the backside of the retreating high pressure, spreading over northern Illinois and the Chicago area. Gusty winds out of the south-southwest 15 to 25 miles per hour by afternoon and milder. Abundant sun shines through a layer of mid-level altocumulus clouds that spreads into our area from the west in the morning – highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Partly cloudy overnight. […]

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    Chicagoland battles another round of snow

    HAMMOND, Ind. – Parts of Chicagoland quickly transitioned from rain to snow Saturday afternoon. The change came around 2 p.m. Saturday. Snow began accumulating in areas such as Sandwich, Ill.; Aurora, Ill.; and Geneva, Ill. The heaviest snow was expected in the Chicago area between 3 and 6 p.m. A Winter Weather Advisory for 2 to 5 inches of snow is in effect tonight for a good portion of the Chicago area. Heaviest snow will occur closer in and south of the […]