|Born||Michael Phillip Seidel
January 18, 1956
|Alma mater||Salisbury State College (B.S., Mathematics, 1979)
Pennsylvania State University (M.S., Meteorology)
|Occupation||Meteorologist, The Weather Channel|
|Known for||The Weather Channel meteorologist|
Michael Phillip "Mike" Seidel is an American meteorologist who has worked at The Weather Channel since March 1992. He is noted for his field reporting from breaking weather including severe weather, hurricanes and snowstorms.
Seidel's interest in weather started at the age of six when he began measuring snowfall in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland. While he was in the eighth grade in school, Seidel installed a weather station on the roof of his house. He worked for four local radio stations during his high school and college years, including WJDY-AM in Salisbury, WDMV-AM in Pocomoke City and WKHI-FM in Ocean City (all three in Maryland), as well as WSUX-FM in Seaford, Delaware. After graduating from Wicomico Senior High School, Seidel attended Salisbury State College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics, in 1979. He also majored in geography.
Immediately after his graduation, Seidel began his television career with WMDT-TV in Salisbury. Seidel also entered graduate school, and he earned his Master's degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Seidel wrote his master's thesis under the direction of Dr. Greg Forbes, now The Weather Channel's expert on severe weather. During his graduate studies, Seidel appeared on Weather World on the Pennsylvania Public Television Network.
Seidel's first full-time broadcasting position was at WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, where he worked from 1983 through 1989. He next returned to Salisbury in 1989 to work as the meteorologist for WBOC-TV. Seidel remained there until March 1992, when he left for The Weather Channel.
The Weather Channel
Seidel covered his first storm, Hurricane Edouard, on Labor Day Weekend in 1996 on Cape Cod. Since then he has covered more than fifty tropical storms and hurricanes, nor'easters, numerous snow and ice storms and tornado outbreaks. He has also reported live from the PGA Tour, the Baseball All-Star Game, the World Series, and the Indianapolis 500 automobile race. From 2002 to 2012, Seidel hosted the National Football League "Kickoff Forecast" segments every Sunday morning from NFL venues.
While at The Weather Channel, Seidel has appeared on numerous network news programs, including NBC-TV's Today Show and NBC Nightly News, CBS-TV's The Early Show, The CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC-TV's Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and World News Now. Seidel has also reported live from breaking weather on MSNBC, the Cable News Network and Fox News Channel. Seidel has filled in for Tony Perkins on ABC's Good Morning America in 2003 and for Al Roker on NBC's The Today Show in 2009. He became the first Weather Channel and U.S. meteorologist to report live from Cuba during coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac August 24–26, 2012.
Seidel has been married to the former Christine Schroder since 1994. They have two children, Sam and Zoe.
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- YouTube Video Example NFL Kickoff Forecast Video Clip