Stu Ostro

Senior Director of Weather Communications, Senior Meteorologist

  • Stu Ostro

Stu’s obsession with weather and desire to become a meteorologist started with a phobia of thunder and lightning as a child! 

More than 40 years ago while attending Penn State, Stu began delivering forecasts to the public, via radio stations served by the university's Campus Weather Service.

Upon receiving his B.S. in Meteorology, his professional career began at Accu-Weather as a Forecaster, then a Senior Forecaster. His responsibilities included delivering weather forecasts on radio stations, as well as providing predictions to clients in the television, utility, and ski industries.

Stu has been with The Weather Channel since 1989 and has many responsibilities as Senior Director of Weather Communications and Senior Meteorologist, including being the lead weather briefer in editorial meetings and the lead provider of behind-the-scenes forecast guidance for tropical coverage; he is also the only original member of the committee of three meteorologists who evaluate winter storms in regard to the network's naming criteria. An additional focus of his in recent years has been identifying connections between global climate change and smaller-scale weather patterns.

In 2018, Stu was part of the team that was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy® award for the network’s coverage of Hurricane Harvey. He has been named on many best-of lists for his Twitter weather posts, and over the years has made occasional appearances on camera, given many talks to the public, emergency management, and other scientists, and has briefed military leadership.  

Along with being a weather geek, Stu is an aficionado of music, independent craft beer, and strong coffee!