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Mike Bettes

On-Camera Meteorologist and Host, "Weather Underground"

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Mike Bettes is an award-winning meteorologist and tornado chaser for The Weather Channel®. No stranger to severe weather, he has covered nearly every extreme weather event since he began at The Weather Channel in 2003, including Joplin in 2011 and El Reno in 2013. In 2009 to 2010, he was part of the largest tornado field experiment in history, Vortex 2, to help better understand this elusive phenomenon, and he is the lead field meteorologist during the network’s annual tornado season coverage, The Great Tornado Hunt.

Previously, Bettes was chief meteorologist for WLOS-TV in Asheville, NC. Earlier, he spent four years as weekend meteorologist for WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio, and one year as weekend meteorologist for WKEF in Dayton, Ohio.

During his career, Bettes has covered nearly every type of weather imaginable. He has been through blizzards and floods; reported live from the coast during Hurricanes Bonnie, Floyd, Katrina and Isabel; and has also chased tornadoes across the plains. In 2001 Bettes won an Emmy for his series on storm chasing on WSYX-TV in Columbus.

Bettes holds the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association seals of approval. In his spare time, he likes to surf the Internet, watch college football and work out. Competing in triathlons is one of his passions. He has finished dozens of races and hopes to race in Ironman Hawaii one day soon.  A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Bettes earned a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science at Ohio State University.

Bettes hosts "Weather Underground" weeknights from 6-8 p.m. ET on The Weather Channel.