Mike Janssen is a meteorologist for WGN WeatherCenter and CLTV. Prior to WGN-TV, Mike worked as a meteorologist and reporter at WSIL-TV in Carterville, Illinois, WYIN-TV in Merrillville, Indiana, and WGNO-TV in New Orleans. Mike’s first weekend on-air report in New Orleans occurred just days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana.

Mike grew up in Kankakee County and credits his father David, a former farmer, with getting him interested in weather. He received his degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and later furthered his education in broadcast meteorology through Mississippi State University.

Mike is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and holds the AMS Seal of Approval.


Recent Articles
  • 7-Day Forecast: Temps. in the 40s, snow possible Sunday

  • Snow possible in Chicago-area Wednesday? Technically, yes

    CHICAGO — Our wet and windy conditions will come to an end Tuesday night and we’ll break up the clouds as well. Temperatures across the Chicago area are expected to dip into the low to mid-30s and that could play a part what kind of precipitation we may see Wednesday morning. As a quick moving upper level wave follows the northwest flow aloft into the western Great Lakes it will bring a chance for spotty showers Wednesday morning. Most of […]

  • Air Force forecaster found clear skies for shuttle launches and special ops

    CHICAGO — You won’t see his weather forecasts on TV or read about them online, but a man with roots in Kankakee County has made some very important predictions. After graduating from Momence High School in 1982, Lt. Col. Barry Hunte spent a year in college and then decided to do something different. Hunte enlisted as an avionics technician in the U.S. Air Force 33 years ago. He says he did that for only six years before they began to retire […]

  • A new way to ride: Golfers surf the links on GolfBoards

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. — Golf has been played by the same rules for hundreds of years, even the way golfers get around the course has been the same for decades. But more golfers are choosing to park the cart, not to walk but to ride – a GolfBoard instead. The Chick Evans Golf Course in Morton Grove looks like many in Chicagoland. But Dean Brikshavana, Regional GM Forest Preserve Golf ,says he wants that to change. “We’re always trying to […]

  • ‘It’s going to be a bad season for sure’: Chicago doc releases 1st allergy report of 2017

    CHICAGO — “It’s going to be a bad season that’s for sure.” That’s the warning from Dr. Joseph Leija from Gottlieb Memorial Hospital to anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies. On Tuesday morning, Leija released the year’s first allergy report for Chicago. He says he started taking air samples from the rooftop of the Gottlieb Professional Building in early February. “Now it’s getting higher and higher. The mold and tree pollen for people with allergies, they’re suffering right now. Many […]

  • High winds cancel hundreds of flights, force street closures

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warning for Chicagoland. It will remain in effect until 10 p.m. CST. The counties included in the warning are DuPage, McHenry, Cook, Lake, Kankakee, Iroquois, Kane, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Porter, Newton and Jasper. A Wind Advisory remains is in effect for LaSalle, DeKalb and LaPorte. Several WeatherBug sites have already recorded wind gusts of more than 50 mph. Gusts up to 60 mph are possible through Tuesday evening. Travel may become difficult, […]

  • Illinois ranks No. 13 on website’s ‘Winter Misery Index’

    CHICAGO — Chicago has seen some occasional snow and we’re about to go into a deep freeze through this weekend, but in general, our winter has been relatively quiet. One slow month in the winter season doesn’t make Arizona any less enticing this time of year and we know by now how quickly winter weather in the Midwest can change for the worse. The Thrillist looked at many factors when they ranked all 50 states on their Winter Misery Index. […]

  • Sunny with falling temps today

    Updates at Chicago Weather Center

  • Will Chicago have a White Christmas this year?

    CHICAGO — You may be dreaming of glistening treetops and the sound of sleigh bells in the snow, but despite what you see out your window, a White Christmas isn’t guaranteed around Chicago. Meteorologists define a White Christmas as having at least one inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning. It doesn’t have to be snowing on the holiday. O’Hare Airport has received nearly 18 inches of snow in December, and more than 15 inches has fallen at Midway. […]

  • Winter storm moves into Chicago area

    CHICAGO — A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Chicago area beginning Friday at noon until Sunday at 6 a.m. A little light snow is possible early this afternoon, but then the potential for snow increases from there. Unfortunately, moderate snow is expected to arrive during the afternoon/evening commute. This could very well lead to treacherous conditions on area roads. Snow could be heavy at times this evening with accumulations of 1-4″ possible by midnight. The lighter amounts are expected […]