Who is Allison Chinchar? To answer that quickly, she’s an American meteorologist, but I guess you already know that. When people ask who Allison Chinchar is, the answers they are really looking for go beyond her career or profession. Yes! She’s not one of the most popular meteorologists out there, but Allison is working her way to the top and has CNN on her resume in 2015. In this article, we present 6 detailed but brief facts about who Allison Chinchar really is.
6 Quick Facts About Allison Chinchar You Need to Know
1. Early Life, Childhood, and Education
Allison Chinchar was born on 9 April 1984 in Mansfield, Ohio, United States of America. Unfortunately, the details of her childhood and how it could have been are a mystery to the media. However, after reading her Twitter biography, we cannot help but speculate that Chinchar was fascinated by nature in her childhood. In this biography, she describes herself as a lover of animals, clouds, and space. These are just some of the things people learn to love as children…
After finishing high school, Chinchar enrolled at Ohio State University in 2003. Five years later, in 2008, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. But Chinchar wasn’t just about academics, she was a member of Delta Delta Sorority and of course, belonged to the school’s meteorology club.
2. Career Rise
Right after graduating from Ohio State University, Chinchar began her career. Her first professional activity was working as a weekend evening meteorologist for the ABC affiliated television station WTC-TV, also known as News Channel with a license for Chattanooga, Tennessee. She held this job for exactly two years and 11 months and left in January 2011.
Next, Chinchar joined another NBC-affiliated television station, WKRN, which holds a license for Nashville, Tennessee, as a weekend evening meteorologist. She worked for the station for a year and 6 months before moving to Atlanta, Georgia to work for WXIA-TV as a weekend meteorologist. She took over her WXIA job in June 2012 and stayed until January 2015. 5 months later, CNN knocked on her door, which Chinchar was happy to open. She is the meteorologist for HLN Weekend Express, CNN International and CNN.
In addition to her flourishing career, Chinchar is actively involved in numerous weather-related campaigns and organizations, including ASPCA (American Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals), AMS (American Meteorological Society), and NWS (National Weather Services).
3. She is married
Yes! Sorry, folks, but Allison is taken. After a few years of dating, in 2012 she and her meteorologist buddy Mike Bettes Interestingly enough, they both graduated from Ohio State University. The school seems to know what they do in their atmospheric science department.
Allison’s husband, Mike Bettes, is not only a meteorologist but also a storm chaser. He was born on January 9th, 1972, which makes him 12 years older than Chinchar. Since he started his career in 1988, he has a wealth of experience that makes life difficult for his wife. He is best known for his work for The Weather Channel and NBC News.
Chinchar and her husband Mike first worked together on the set of The Weather Channel on December 21, 2015 (see picture above).
4. She is Mike Bettes’ second wife
I don’t want to ruin the fact that they are a beautiful couple, but Allison Chinchar is not her husband’s first love. Mike Bettes was previously married to another meteorologist named Stephanie Abrams. Mike and Stephanie worked together as co-presenters of the weather channel’s Abrams & Bettes Beyond the Forecast show, which ran from September 2006 to February 2009.
Their chemistry on set was visible to everyone, and it wasn’t long before they got engaged and later married. However, their union was short-lived and did not produce children. While Mike continued to love Allison Chinchar, Stephanie got engaged to a mysterious man in February 2017.
5. Chinchar is a mother
About three years after she made the covenant with Mike, Chinchar welcomed her first baby, a son named Landen Benjamin Bettes, on January 31, 2015. Her pregnancy was first announced by 11 Alive News in July 2014. The birth of the baby was announced by Bettes via his Twitter handle, also spilling the fact that the baby weighed 8 pounds 3oz.