John Van Pelt
John started his career in radio as a part-timer at several stations in Raleigh, NC while in high school and college. His first fulltime job took him to Myrtle Beach, SC, where in 1979, he went through the preparations for and coverage of Hurricane David as it raked the Grand Strand. That spurred his interest in severe weather and disaster preparedness. After returning to Raleigh and NC State University, he continued in radio for several years, before becoming a Macintosh consultant, specializing in digital audio and video creation & editing.
Becoming an Amateur Radio operator for the specific purpose of joining the National Weather Service Skywarn volunteer program, he was involved in several ‘World’s Firsts’, with the first 24/7 wireless mobile weather webcam in 1999 and the first 24/7 mobile wireless weather station in 2001.
From hurricanes, with the help of fellow Ham, Danny Musten, John initiated the first Internet Radio Linking Project (voip) report to the National Hurricane Center, with a portable ham radio from Hurricane Lili, in 2002. He also originated the first EchoLink (voip) hurricane report from a vehicle-based laptop and wireless AirCard, from Hurricane Wilma to the NHC in 2005.
He worked as an on-air consultant, with CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and numerous local TV affiliates during hurricane season from 2002-2005 and was the on-camera weather conditions consultant for MSNBC’s coverage of the Space Shuttle’s Return to Flight mission in ’05.
In 2007 and 2008 he was Energizer’s national spokesman for their ‘Plan. Prepare. Protect’ initiative, supporting family preparedness education through school and children’s club visits with “The Bunny”, national satellite media tours, appearing in millions of households from the National Hurricane Conference and online content creation.
His passion for reporting accurate conditions and preparedness information from the field continues to be an important personal commitment at WeatherNation.
Q&A with John Van Pelt
Multiple tornado warnings were issued south of New Orleans, Louisiana Sunday morning. Kelly Moore captured this vid… https://t.co/TjHr81k4NZ5 minutes ago by WeatherNation
It's a stormy Sunday morning in southern Louisiana. Rain is falling in New Orleans, and tornado warnings have been… https://t.co/A9gPw9pY0Y46 minutes ago by WeatherNation
TORNADO WARNING Lafourche and Jefferson Parishes until 10:30 AM CDT. Storm is moving northeast at 30 mph. https://t.co/PISDkmhcoe58 minutes ago by WeatherNation
Goooood morning everybody! We'd love to see how the sun rose in your neighborhood! Tag us in your sunrise pictures… https://t.co/Qysi3jvj6f3 hours ago by WeatherNation
Temperatures are finally warming in places. That means ice and snow will be melting like it is in Caribou, ME. Watc… https://t.co/TF8sp44G1t7 hours ago by WeatherNation
Looks like Portland, OR will get record heat this week, as well as some neighboring Pacific Northwest cities!… https://t.co/AspBLZJkR711 hours ago by WeatherNation
Here's a relaxing view of Pikes Peak out of Colorado Spring, CO as the cold and snow pushed out of the area Saturda… https://t.co/0CxT9txba511 hours ago by WeatherNation
DAMAGING WINDS AND HAIL - Severe weather pushes through North Texas on Saturday afternoon, with some spots seeing h… https://t.co/6xvMPm9SMS12 hours ago by WeatherNation