Growing up in rural Central Minnesota, Mace became fascinated with weather at the young age of four. All four seasons are well represented in Minnesota (often to the extreme) and the curiosity to understand the changes drove him to an interest in Meteorology. Drawing on copied, worn out maps from his parents and Grandmother, Mace would watch the daily weather forecasts and present his own reports to anyone who would listen. An intrigue in broadcasting started when his Grandfather gave him a small transistor radio. The two interests peaked together when his Grandmother coordinated a tour of a National Weather Service office and a TV station weather center at the age of 10.
Mace's 25 years in broadcasting has taken him across the Midwest and in the South. During high school and while attending the University of North Dakota, Mace worked at a number of radio stations which helped pay the tuition bills and get him ready for a career in television. His first TV Meteorology job was in Wausau, WI, followed by stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Fort Myers, FL, Tampa, FL, and Cedar Rapids, IA. He has been awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorology Society.
Mace enjoys his free time traveling with his wife Kim, playing with his small Yorkshire Terriers, Eddie and Mollie, watching Twins baseball, and Fighting Sioux hockey.
Education, Awards & Accreditations
Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorological Studies, University of North Dakota.
American Meteorological Society TV Seal for Broadcasting.
American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
Part of Regional Suncoast Emmy winning Hurricane Special.
Part of Regional Midwest Emmy award for Winter Storm Coverage.
Member of team awarded for Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage, Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Member of team awarded for Best Spot Coverage for flooding/dam break, Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Questions & Answers
Q: What are some of your memorable weather events while working in your profession?
A: Severe weather coverage in Wisconsin...floods, tornadoes, record heat, thundersnow, etc. We had a lot of weather events which was a great learning experience.
2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons in Florida. Non-stop storm after storm, where we did days and days of coverage. Severe weather coverage in Iowa...covering tornadoes, dam breech, floods, snow storms.
Waterspout in Tampa. A story for another time!
Q: What is your most memorable weather experience outside of work?
A: Severe weather on our wedding day. Our groomsman wanted to chase storms!
Blizzard when I was 4 years old. The snow was drifted over our windows of our house and to the top of the kitchen door. Plus Dad stayed home from work!
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pizza. Thin, crispy crust with a spicy, robust sauce.
Q: Where do you like to go on vacation?
A: California. So many different types of climate and topography!
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