January 9, 1972
|Residence||Sandy Springs, Georgia|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
|Employer||The Weather Channel|
|Home town||Tallmadge, Ohio|
Mike Bettes (born January 9, 1972) is an American television meteorologist and storm chaser currently working for The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a co-host of AMHQ: America's Morning Headquarters. He currently hosts Weather Underground TV
Bettes has been an on-camera meteorologist for TWC since 2003.
He is also an occasional fill-in weather anchor on The Today Show.
Bettes hosted Abrams & Bettes Beyond the Forecast from 2006-2009, and Your Weather Today from 2009–2012 until it was relaunched as Morning Rush which he hosted into 2014 when the program was relaunched again as America's Morning Headquarters on March 17. Bettes also formerly hosted Wake Up With Al from (2009–2014). Bettes is a field reporter for The Weather Channel and is lead field meteorologist for the annual show summarizing tornado seasons, The Great Tornado Hunt.
A year after his recovery from the EF3 (this rating has been disputed) tornado on May 31, 2013, he and his crew returned to the Great Plains to forecast and report severe weather as part of the 2014 Tornado Track.
Bettes was one of several storm chasers struck by the EF3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, which rolled and tossed his SUV approximately 200 yards (180 m) into a field, collapsing the roof, inflicting minor injuries to himself and a photographer but breaking several bones of the driver Austin Anderson. In another incident, the same tornado killed TWISTEX storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and colleague Carl Young of South Lake Tahoe, California. Storm chaser Dan Robinson of St. Louis, Missouri escaped the tornado with a few injuries. He was a few hundred meters ahead of the TWISTEX crew. Local resident Richard Charles Henderson decided to chase the storm. He was killed in the same area as the TWISTEX crew. Henderson took a picture of the twister from his cellular phone and sent it to a friend before the storm struck him. University of Oklahoma student, Billy Prater, along with his father and a friend, sought refuge under an overpass (an action strongly discouraged in these situations) when the storm changed direction.
Education and early career
Bettes graduated with a B.S. in atmospheric sciences from Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to TWC, he worked as chief meteorologist for WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina and as weekend meteorologist at WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio and WKEF in Dayton, Ohio.
- 19??—1998: WSYX/WTTE weekend meteorologist
- 1998–2003: WLOS chief meteorologist
- 2003–present: The Weather Channel
- 2003–present: Field reporter
- 2006–2009: Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast co-host
- 2009: Weather Center Live co-host
- 2009–2014: Wake Up With Al segment correspondent and fill-anchor
- 2009–2012: Your Weather Today co-host
- 2012–2014: Morning Rush co-host
- March 2014– January 23, 2015: America's Morning Headquarters co-host
- August 2015–present: Weather Underground TV
- 2007–present: NBC News
- 2007–present: The Today Show fill-in weather anchor
- 2007–present: Special reporter
Bettes is married to freelancing CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar.
- Mike Bettes, On-Camera Meteorologist
- Tornado Hunt Team Takes Direct Hit by Tornado
- Clay, Nolan (June 3, 2013). "Oklahoma storms: Amateur storm chaser took photo of tornado that killed him". The Oklahoman. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- Stewart, Sarah (June 3, 2013). "Amateur storm chaser survives tornado under overpass". KFOR-TV. Retrieved June 4, 2013.