Gretchen Mishek was born and raised in the St. Paul area of Minnesota, announcing early in life that she intended to be a meteorologist. She graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl where she majored in Meteorology and minored in Mathematics and Physics. During her junior year of college she was enrolled at the renowned University of Edinburgh in Scotland where she studied Physics as well as Meteorology. Her experience included work to improve severe storms forecasting at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories in the Hurricane Research Division under its current director, Dr. Frank Marks. Her research contributed to a published paper examining rainfall amounts in tropical cyclones. Gretchen got her first taste of the television industry during a weather internship with KMSP-TV in Minneapolis, MN. Weather Central, Inc., headquartered in Madison, WI became the next beneficiary of Gretchen's talents. While working for Weather Central, she trained television meteorologists and managed the implementation of weather graphics systems in 35 states from Maine to Hawaii as well as in Canada, Latin America and the UK. In addition to local stations, she has also made technological and aesthetic contributions to three major networks (ABC, NBC and Univision). She has helped TV stations in every corner of the US to become more competitive in their market by introducing them to hardware, software, and graphics innovations in weather broadcasting. Gretchen and her husband recently welcome a baby boy to their family.
Education, Awards & Accreditations
University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl and majored in Meteorology and minored in Mathematics and Physics
Questions & Answers
Q: Why did you choose weather as a career?
A: Growing up in Minnesota, I was fascinated by the full spectrum of weather from summer tornados to winter blizzards. I enjoy the math and sciences so Meteorology was a natural fit. I also appreciate how it is universally relevant. No matter who you are or where you live, the weather will have an impact on your life.
Q: When you are not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
A: As new parents, we are constantly amazed and exhausted with our baby boy. We love that we have fooled him into thinking that we are super interesting and hilarious. My husband also loves to cook and we dream about hosting our own cooking show some day. We'd call it “Mixing and Mashing with the Misheks.” (Still working on the title).
Q: What is your favorite season and why?
A: Spring. As winter melts away, the days get longer, people start to come out of hibernation, your face no longer hurts when you step outside, new green buds pop up, the birds are chirping, and the dog finds his toys that he left in the yard last fall. What's not to love about Spring.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I feel privileged to be able to inform people about how the weather will affect their day as they head out the door each morning. I take that task seriously. The geek in me loves studying a weather map and hypothesizing various scenarios for upcoming storms.
Q: What is your most memorable weather moment?
A: I have never been struck by lightning or caught in hurricane force winds. I don't have one singular dramatic weather moment that defines me. However, I have been fortunate to be able to experience most of the climates in US first hand. While working for Weather Central, I traveled the country taking in the vast variety of conditions such as dust storms in El Paso, torrential downpours in Florida, and heavy snow in Colorado
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