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.


Recent Articles
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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 […]

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    Wintry mix tapering off

    The Winter Storm Warning has been extended for Boone; De Kalb; Kane; Lake; Lee; McHenry; Ogle; Winnebago counties until midnight. CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE RADAR  The wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet began to taper off around 9 p.m. but not before leaving its mark on the area. The highest sleet totals in the area as of 7 p.m. were about 2 inches at Alsip and Carpentersville, with 1.8 inches reported in Millenium Park and 1.4 inches at Midway Airport. […]

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    Chilly end of the year in store

    Updates at Chicago Weather Center

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    Record snow turns to bitter cold

    CHICAGO — Very cold start to the day with a deep snow cover and light winds – temps drop into the single digits to low teens with wind chills 0° to 10°. As low pressure continues to pull away to the northeast, high pressure builds over the central plains/Ohio Valley. With a snow cover reflecting the sunlight, temps struggle to warm into the mid/upper 20s. West winds with occasional gusts to 20 mph. Combination of winds and cold keep wind […]

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    Storms move out and strong winds begin

      A number of counties were under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings Wednesday night. Wind damage was reported throughout Chicagoland. But as the threat of severe weather passes, the strong winds remains.   A wind advisory is in effect for Boone; Cook; De Kalb; DuPage; Ford; Grundy; Iroquois; Kane; Kankakee; Kendall; La Salle; Lake; Lee; Livingston; McHenry; Ogle; Will; Winnebago.  Gusts between 40 and 45 mph are expected, with the possibility of some as strong as 55 mph. Updates at Chicago Weather […]

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    Heavy rains, storms cause area flooding, small tornado reported

    CHICAGO — Severe storms are making for a soggy and complicated start to the weekend in Chicagoland. Many counties are still under a flood watch Saturday morning, after another wave of heavy storms swept through the area overnight. Beach warnings are also in effect along Lake Michigan. Storm system pulls away from the Chicago area – strong northerly winds will result in Gale Warnings on Lake… http://t.co/h7TTQbWiOw — Skilling (@Skilling) September 19, 2015 Friday evening, as a cold front settled […]

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    Storms to impact downtown Chicago tonight

    Showers and storms are expected to begin this afternoon and continue on and off throughout the night. A band of showers and strong thunderstorms continues to maintain strength and move east. Wind gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour may be observed in the strongest storms. Updates at Chicago Weather Center. 4:25PM: Storms appear to be just below severe limits. Radar indicates 50mph winds near Schaumburg & Addison. pic.twitter.com/ZqLXTTY87c — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) September 17, 2015

  • Warm temps and plenty of sunshine this weekend

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