For many of us, the most rational thing to do when a storm is raging is to be in comfort and perhaps to some extent, the safety of our homes. We rarely have any reason to be out there in the open except for emergency response purposes. However, not everyone has this liberty as it is the job of some to be out in the storm, chase it and make reports of its impact. One of such persons who do this job and is very good at it is American television meteorologist, Mike Bettes.
Mike has been a weatherman since 1998. His career has seen him work across many weather television channels during which he covered most major storms like Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, etc.
In this article, you will learn more about the background, career and family life of Mike Bettes. In addition, we also gathered and reported some hitherto unknown facts about him. So if you are as curious as we were when scouting for information about the American journalist, the paragraphs below will not only meet your expectations but will possibly exceed them.
Mike Bettes – Bio
Michael Bettes (Mike Bettes) is a native of Tallmadge, Ohio, U.S, he was born there on the 9th of January in the year 1972 into an American family. Mike was raised in his birthplace by his parents alongside his sister. As a young boy, he enjoyed sitting with his father in their garage and enjoy the sounds and sights of thunderstorms rolling across their neighborhood. At other times, he would be found indoors with his sister watching Dick Goddard; the Cleveland meteorologist as he forecasts the weather outlook for the day. With all these, his interest, fascination, and passion with meteorology became ingrained in him.
Following his high school graduation and having shown that he was good with maths and sciences, Mike Bettes proceeded to study Atmospheric Sciences at Ohio State University. He graduated sometime in the mid-90s from the college and afterward kick-started his career as a weatherman.
Michael’s first recorded place of work was on WSYX, a channel affiliated to ABC where he worked as a weekend meteorologist. Later on, he did the same job at a Fox-affiliated television station called WTTE. By 1998, Mike Bettes began working with WLOS and during his time here, he rose to the position of a Chief Meteorologist and this prepared him for bigger roles ahead by the time he left the station in 2003.
Mike’s next place of work became The Weather Channel and he has worked in various capacities in this station. He served as a weather field reporter from 2003 to 2006 before he became a co-host on Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast. His co-hosting roles on the show lasted till 2009 when he began working in a similar capacity on Weather Center Live.
In this same year, the American meteorologist began working as a segment correspondent and fill-in anchor on Wake Up With Al in addition to being a co-host of Your Weather Today. Between 2012 to 2014, Mike co-hosted the Morning Rush show while from March 2014 to January 2015, he co-hosted America’s Morning Headquarters. From August 2015 to the present time, Mike Bettes has been on Weather Underground TV.
Outside of his work in the Weather Channel, Mike has been working with NBC News since 2007 as their fill-in weather anchor on The Today Show as well as a Special reporter.
Married: Who Is His Wife?
Mike Bettes is a married man. He has been married twice with his first marriage ending in a divorce. The weatherman was previously married to Stephanie Abrams who was a co-host with Mike on the show, Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast. The duo was married sometime in the mid-2000 but got divorced in 2009.
After this divorce, Mike began a relationship with his co-worker and fellow meteorologist Allison Chinchar. By October 2012, the two were happily wedded in a lavish ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia. They are now parents of a boy named Landen Benjamin Bettes who was born in 2015. The couple has been living together happily since then and there are no negative reports going around about them.
Other Facts About The American Meteorologist
1. In the past, Mike Bettes’ expertise in weather earned him a place to be part of Vortex 2 (2009-2010) which is the world largest project aimed at studying tornadoes.
2. Mike has a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.
3. He was honored with an Emmy Award in 2001 following his series on storm chasing in Columbus on WSYX-TV.
4. The American meteorologist stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs about 75kg.
5. Mike Bettes earns a salary estimated to be between $78,000 – $101,000 annually. However, his current net worth is not yet known and there have been no reliable estimates.