Tom Niziol

Winter Weather Expert

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Tom Niziol is the winter weather expert for The Weather Channel. A 30-year winter weather forecasting veteran, Niziol is the primary source of meteorological content, expertise and analysis for winter weather. Niziol is featured regularly during winter weather coverage on The Weather Channel and contributes his expertise with content on its digital platforms including online and on mobile, its category-leading mobile and tablet applications and across social media.

Niziol joined The Weather Channel in January 2012 from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY, where he was meteorologist-in-charge, supervising full warning and forecast operations for public, marine and aviation interests across western New York. He also directed research and science operations and coordinated with partners including Emergency Management and other local and national government agencies. Prior to that, Niziol was science and operations officer for the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY. In that role, he was responsible for initiating, planning, coordinating and overseeing the transfer of new and emerging scientific technologies and forecast techniques from the research community to the operational forecast and warning environment. Prior to the National Weather Service, Niziol was an associate atmosphere scientist at Calspan Corporation in Buffalo, NY. There, he conducted all phases of scientific research from field studies through contract publications for atmospheric studies.

Niziol holds a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Oswego. Throughout his career, Niziol has authored several research papers and poster sessions on winter weather forecasting and has toured the country speaking at numerous meteorological conferences. He has also received the following award recognitions: American Meteorological Society's "Francis W. Reichelderfer Award" for research leading to substantial improvement in the prediction of snowstorms influenced by the Great Lakes, National Weather Association "Operational and Research Achievement Awards,” and National Weather Service "National Isaac Cline Award" for Diversity Management.