Updated On: Jan 26 2012 01:36:58 PM EST
Michael Smith has always had a fascination with the weather. When most kids were watching cartoons, Michael was watching The Weather Channel and couldn’t wait for the local weathercasts on the evening news.
He grew up in Atlanta and went to Mississippi State University, where he earned a degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.
During his last semester in college, Michael landed his first on-air weather job, working weekends at WABG in Greenville, Miss.
From there, he headed north to WANE-TV, in Fort Wayne, Ind. After two cold winters, Michael headed south, where he worked at another local station in South Florida, doing weekend evening weathercasts.
After nearly a year in Florida, Michael had the opportunity to become Chief Meteorologist at WHNS-TV, in Greenville, S.C., where he spent 6 years forecasting the weather for Western North Carolina, the Upstate of South Carolina and parts of western Georgia.
One of his most memorable events was an ice storm, which took down many trees and left thousands of people without power for months.
In June 2008, Michael earned an Emmy for “Best Newscast”, and earned the title “Best Weathercast” from the Radio Television News Director Association of the Carolina’s. He was also voted “Best Television/Radio personality by readers of Greenville's local newspaper.
After working in South Carolina, Michael decided to take his knowledge of science into the classroom. Most recently, he taught Earth Science and Chemistry for a public high school in Palm Beach County.
Now he’s thrilled to be back on the air, doing what he loves most!
Michael earned the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of approval (AMS) and is proud to be a part of the Local 10 family.
You can catch his forecasts Saturday and Sunday nights (6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.), and on Local 10 News at Noon on Fridays. Michael often fills in for other meteorologists from time to time as well.
If you ever see him out and about, he’d love for you to say "Hi."
If you’d like to drop him an e-mail you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.