Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Chief Meteorologist

Michael knows the challenges of lake-effect snow on the south shore of Lake Ontario. He's a graduate of Herkimer Community College and holds a meteorology degree from SUNY Brockport. Michael comes to YNN after being the chief meteorologist at WUHF-TV in his hometown of Rochester. Michael has his meteorology seal from the American Meteorology Society.



Carrie Cheevers knows how fast the weather can change in Upstate New York. She's a native of Liverpool, NY and grew up experiencing the quickly changing weather and the lake effect snow.

Carrie attended SUNY Oswego where she received her degree in meteorology.



Watch Weather on the Nines forecasts with Meteorologist Dan Russell weekday mornings on YNN.

Dan couldn’t be happier to be back in Western NY where he was born and raised. Growing up two miles from Lake Ontario, it didn’t take long for Dan to fall in love with the lake snow in winter and the lake sun in summer. He’s an avid Buffalo Bills fan. In fact one of Dan’s fondest memories growing up was attending the Buffalo Bills “greatest comeback” game.

Dan received his degree from SUNY Brockport with a double major in both Meteorology and Broadcast Communications. He has also been awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.



It's easy to come to work everyday when you love what you do. That’s how Todd feels about weather forecasting. A graduate of SUNY Brockport, Todd has been forecasting weather for Western and Central New York for more than six years and loves its many challenges.

“We are right in the middle of everything here, so you get a wide variety of forecasting challenges from major winter storms and lake-effect snow to severe thunderstorms and the occasional tornado,” Todd says.



While living in upstate New York most of his life, Erick has experienced the wide variety of weather that this part of the nation can offer. He lived briefly in Texas and has brought back with him experience tracking storms in Tornado Alley!

Erick is no stranger to lake effect snow either. He walked through many snow squalls during his time at SUNY Oneonta, where he received his degree in Meteorology.



Ryan was born and raised in the Capital Region of New York and is very familiar with the different types of weather in our part of the country. He like the challenge of forecasting our changing weather and providing your forecast every ten minutes. Ryan received his degree in Meteorology from SUNY Albany. In his spare time Ryan likes to golf, watch sports, and spend time with his friends and family.



Vanessa received her B.S degree in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego and is no stranger to the changeable weather of this area. She grew up in a small town just south of Syracuse and has spent her whole life watching the seasons change and the weather activity here in Central New York.

Her passion for weather was fueled by her fascination with tornadoes from a very young age. She fulfilled her dream to see a tornado when she spent a few weeks in “Tornado Alley” chasing with her fellow classmates at SUNY Oswego a few summers ago. She plans on making many more trips to chase!

When Vanessa is not forecasting the weather, she loves to be outside hiking, running, or relaxing. She spends much of her free time with her husband Matt and their two cats Fergie and Floopie!



Growing up in Central New York has familiarized Courtney with all the different weather patterns common to this region. While storm chasing in the Midwest in the spring of 2009 she even witnessed her first tornado! Whether it be lake-effect, Nor’easters, water spouts, severe thunderstorms, or even a tornado, her degree in meteorology from SUNY Oswego has prepared her to take on these forecasting challenges.

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