Mike Hamernik

Mike Hamernik has been a member of the WGN-TV WeatherCenter team since 2005 and began his Chicago broadcast career in 2002 with CLTV. Prior to that, he was the Chief Meteorologist at KTTC-TV (NBC) in Rochester, MN from 1994 to 2001.

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, 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 (Bozo’s Circus, 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.

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

Recent Articles
  • sunday forecast

    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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    Severe weather erupts across Chicagoland

    Severe weather in Illinois has erupted this afternoon causing tornado warnings and watches throughout the area. All watches and warnings have expired but not before winds and rains caused damage and flooding. At 5 p.m. law enforcement officials confirm a tornado touched down in Livingston County.  The National Weather Service says trained spotters confirmed a tornado near Chenoa and Pontiac. @TheGoods24 I literally just left chenoa this is my view from the south pic.twitter.com/7QUnQqdqRf — Logan Kessinger (@air_logie223) August 18, […]

  • Hot and humid weekend ahead

  • Forecast: Hot and humid day, chance of showers tonight

    For more information, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

  • Warm weather wraps up the weekend

    Today’s forecast from the WGN Chicago Weather Center calls for partly sunny and seasonably warm – moderately humid. High and mid-level clouds increase from the west and south during the day. Afternoon highs reach the middle 80s inland, but east-northeast winds keep readings in the 70s at the beaches and just inland of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Clouds and a chance of showers/thunderstorms mainly south overnight. LATEST: WGN Chicago Weather Center

  • Summer weather for the weekend, rain and storms ahead next week

    CHICAGO — Summer-like weather pattern continues as city hits ninth straight 80-degree plus day. A morning shower or thunderstorm possible, the mixed sun, warm and more humid. Afternoon highs reach the upper 80s but beach readings drop into the lower 80s as winds shift into the northeast. A few gusty afternoon thunderstorms possible, mainly south suburbs. FULL FORECAST: WGN Chicago Weather Center  


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