Corey Christiansen

Meteorologist, AMS, NWA

Awards & Accreditations

Seal of Approval - American Meteorological Society

Seal of Approval - National Weather Association

Education

Mississippi State University (Broadcast Meteorology)

Brigham Young University (Broadcast Journalism)

Every element of weather fascinates me, but I’d have to say that winter storms are my favorite. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and I always loved getting out into the snow and just watching it pile up in our yard. Even having to shovel all that snow off the driveway never deterred me from my love of winter.

I also enjoy the sunshine and warmth of summer, but I’m usually keeping a countdown of the days until fall begins and the first snowflakes start flying. There’s just something magical about snow that can also be very challenging to predict! Fortunately, I’ve had plenty of opportunities to forecast winter storms during my career. I’ve worked in Colorado (Grand Junction and Denver), Washington state, and I recently worked as the Chief Meteorologist for the CBS station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

I’m excited to be back in the Denver area, especially so I can cheer even louder for my favorite team, the Denver Broncos! I’m also an avid fan of the Utah Jazz and the BYU Cougars.

Q&A with Corey Christiansen

What inspired you to become a meteorologist and pursue a career as an on-air weathercaster?
When I was in 5th grade, my class took a field trip to a TV station in Salt Lake City. I was mesmerized by all the cameras and the lights and immediately decided that's what I wanted to do when I grew up. I began my career as a news reporter in Grand Junction, Colorado, but soon got an opportunity to fill-in on the weekends doing weather. I was nervous at first because I didn't really know the science behind forecasting, but I just fell in love with talking about storms. I decided to go back to school to get my meteorology degree and I've enjoyed forecasting all over the country ever since.
What is your most memorable weather experience?
I worked for a local station in Denver, Colorado and there is one winter storm I will never forget. It produced 4-5 feet of snow in the foothills west of the city in just one day. My photographer and I spent the entire day doing live reports in the heavy snow along I-70. By the end of the day, I took a backwards dive into the snow and did snow angels live on the air. Definitely my favorite day on the job!
Outside of weather what are your hobbies and life interests?
My wife and I are busy parents of two young children and we love it! We enjoy going to the park and taking walks as a family. When the holidays roll around each year, I turn into an extreme decorator. So far, the biggest display I've done on our house is 20,000 lights for Christmas. I still think I need more lights and I eventually want to get it synchronized to music (I apologize in advance to my neighbors).
Besides your parents who has influenced you the most in your life?
Although my interest in weather didn't peak until I already started in broadcasting, I always admired Mark Eubank, the Chief Meteorologist of the station I grew up watching in Utah. He was so energetic and always made weather interesting. He was a great storyteller and a great role model for broadcasters.
What is a little known fact about you?
I took a two year break from college to serve a mission for my church in British Columbia, Canada. I didn't watch any TV or read any news for two years - which was rather difficult for someone who was pursuing a degree in journalism. However, it was one of the best experiences of my life and I enjoyed just looking for opportunities to serve other people.
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
It's a great opportunity to join the WeatherNation team because our goal is to make sure everyone can get their forecast any time they need it. It's important to stay alert during severe weather and I hope viewers will trust us to provide the important information they need to stay safe.

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