For many of us, the most rational thing to do when a storm rages is to ensure comfort and perhaps to some extent the safety of our homes. We rarely have a reason to be outdoors except for emergency response purposes. But not everyone has this freedom, as it is the job of some to be in the storm, to hunt it down and report its effects. One such person who does this work and is very good at it is the American television meteorologist Mike Bettes.
Mike has been working as a weatherman since 1998. During his career he has worked on many weather TV channels, reporting on most major storms such as Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, etc.
In this article, you will learn more about Mike Bettes’s background, career, and family life. We have also gathered and reported some previously unknown facts about him. So if you are as curious as we were when we were looking for information about the American journalist, the following paragraphs will not only meet your expectations but possibly even exceed them.
Mike Bettes – Bio
Michael Bettes (Mike Bettes) is from Tallmadge, Ohio, USA, where he was born on January 9, 1972, into an American family. Mike Bettes was raised in his birthplace by his parents alongside his sister. As a young boy, he loved to sit with his father in his father’s garage and enjoy the sounds and sights of thunderstorms that swept over their neighborhood. At other times he would sit inside with his sister and watch Dick Goddard, the Cleveland meteorologist, forecast the weather for the day. Through all of this, his interest, fascination, and passion for meteorology became deeply rooted in him.
After graduating high school and showing that he was good at math and science, Mike Bettes studied atmospheric science at Ohio State University. He graduated sometime in the mid-1990s and then began his career as a meteorologist.
Michael’s first recorded workstation was on WSYX, a channel connected to ABC, where he worked as a weekend meteorologist. Later he did the same work at a Fox-affiliated TV station called WTTE. In 1998 Mike Bettes began working with WLOS and during his time here he was promoted to Chief Meteorologist, preparing him for bigger tasks when he left the station in 2003.
Mike’s next location became The Weather Channel, and he has worked on the station in various capacities. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as a weather reporter before becoming a co-host at Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast. His role as co-host on the show lasted until 2009 when he began working in a similar capacity on Weather Center Live.
In the same year, the American meteorologist began working as a segment correspondent and backup anchor on Wake Up With Al and was also the co-host of Your Weather Today. From 2012 to 2014, Mike co-hosted Morning Rush, and from March 2014 to January 2015, he co-hosted Morning Headquarters in the US. From August 2015 to today, Mike Bettes has been featured on Weather Underground TV.
In addition to his work for The Weather Channel, Mike Bettes has been working with NBC News since 2007, where he is the weather presenter for the Today show and a special reporter.
Married: Who Is His Wife?
Mike Bettes is a married man. He has been married twice, his first marriage ending in divorce. The weatherman was previously married to Stephanie Abrams, who co-hosted with Mike on the Abrams & Bettes show: Beyond the Forecast. The duo was married sometime in mid-2000 but divorced in 2009.
After this divorce, Mike began a relationship with his colleague and fellow meteorologist Allison Chinchar. In October 2012, the two were happily married in an elaborate ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. They are now parents of a boy named Landen Benjamin Bettes, who was born in 2015. The couple has lived happily together ever since, and there are no negative reports about them.
Other Facts About The American Meteorologist
1. In the past, Mike Bettes’ weather expertise has earned him a place on Vortex 2 (2009-2010), the world’s largest tornado investigation project.
2. Mike Bettes holds a seal of approval from the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
3. He was honored with an Emmy Award on WSYX-TV in 2001 following his series on storm chasing in Columbus.
4. The American meteorologist stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs about 75 kg.
5. Mike Bettes earns a salary estimated at $78,000 to $101,000 annually. However, his current net worth is not yet known and there are no reliable estimates.