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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
  • 7-day forecast: Chicago may have snow in its near future

      For all the latest weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

  • 2 to 3 inches of snow possible for Chicago area Sunday

    CHICAGO — Temperatures rose and winds backed off in Chicago Sunday morning, but the city will be on the northern fringe of a storm system that is making its way across the central U.S. later on Sunday. While it will not be a major or high impact storm for the metro area, there will be enough snow to make roads slick. The snow will begin in the area sometime between 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, and is expected to end between 1 and […]

  • Forecast: Temps, wind chills to rise above zero — but stay below freezing

    For all the latest weather updates, visit ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

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    Tonight’s evening commute will be a messy one

    CHICAGO — A nasty combination of fluffy snow, wind gusts up to 45mph, and temperatures 20-25 degrees below freezing is causing a messy commute Thursday evening. Blowing and drifting snow will be an issue, especially in open and rural areas. Salt and other ice/snow melting products are not nearly as efficient at 10F as they are at 30F degrees. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for most of the Chicago area until at least 3:00 […]

  • Bitter cold temps continue Friday; slight warm-up this weekend

    No surprise here- the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 3AM Friday (previous expiration time was 9PM) for the Chicago area.  Snow, wind gusts to 45mph, blowing snow and treacherous driving conditions are expected to last well into the night. In addition, long distance travel northwest of Chicago may become impossible with blizzard conditions. A Blizzard Warning has been issued for much of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa that includes a long stretch of Interstate 90.

  • 1 to 3 inches of snow overnight Saturday; second system could add more by midweek

    Chicago can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow Saturday night into Sunday morning. But another system coming in after that could add a few more inches by Wednesday. These systems follow winter weather that came early Saturday; after a short break, it appears more messy conditions are ready to take their turn in the area. For all weather updates, visit ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

  • Mild weather ends as temperatures take a plunge across Chicago

    The mild weather comes to an end Sunday and normal, colder temperatures return.  

  • White Christmas? Not so fast

    The chance of a Christmas Eve storm in Chicagoland is decreasing, though there’s still a slight chance snow could fall Wednesday night. We're not out of the woods yet, however odds of a major snow event on Christmas Eve are decreasing. #chicago pic.twitter.com/9aFXze4pZw — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) December 21, 2014 Overcast skies continued in Chicago over the weekend, with only a little more than 30 minutes of sunlight in the area. The chance of a major snow on Christmas Eve […]

  • Forecast: Sunday sun fades to clouds; freezing rain Monday morning

    For all weather updates, visit chicagoweathercenter.com.

  • Forecast: Cloudy with brisk winds, temps fall to 20s tonight

    For ongoing and in-depth weather coverage, visit chicagoweathercenter.com


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