Mike Bettes

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Mike Bettes
Born Michael Bettes
(1972-01-09) January 9, 1972 (age 46)
Tallmadge, Ohio
Residence Sandy Springs, Georgia
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Meteorologist
Years active 1988–present
Employer The Weather Channel
Home town Tallmadge, Ohio
Spouse(s) Allison Chinchar
Awards Emmy Award

Mike Bettes (born January 9, 1972) is an American Emmy Award winning 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.[1] 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.[1]

Bettes accompanied scientists for TWC coverage of VORTEX2. He also has reported live from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and other tropical cyclones as well as floods and winter storms.[1]

A year after his recovery from the EF3 (this rating has been disputed) tornado on May 31, 2013, he and his crew have returned to the Great Plains to forecast and report severe weather as part of the 2014 Tornado Track.

Tornado incident

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Education and early career

Bettes graduated with a B.S. degree 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.[1]

Career timeline

Personal life

Bettes is married to freelancing CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar, Bettes and Chinchar reside in the Atlanta suburb Sandy Springs.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Bettes, On-Camera Meteorologist
  2. Tornado Hunt Team Takes Direct Hit by Tornado
  3. http://www.dallasobserver.com/2013-08-29/news/the-last-ride-of-legendary-storm-chaser-tim-samaras/
  4. Clay, Nolan (June 3, 2013). "Oklahoma storms: Amateur storm chaser took photo of tornado that killed him". The Oklahoman. Retrieved June 4, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Stewart, Sarah (June 3, 2013). "Amateur storm chaser survives tornado under overpass". KFOR-TV. Retrieved June 4, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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