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
Blizzard conditions are possible from Wyoming to Minnesota Thursday and Friday with heavy snow and strong winds -… https://t.co/Mm1S7BVnjr1 hour ago by WeatherNation
Heavy rain is falling across Florida today, but these horses are trying to make the best of the soggy ground by run… https://t.co/fuo3KIo9av2 hours ago by WeatherNation
Heavy rain and snow continues across the West, but there is an end in sight for most areas -… https://t.co/xckrRH3ejF3 hours ago by WeatherNation
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible Friday in the Southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley -… https://t.co/Fcx1ScrPGM7 hours ago by WeatherNation
Winter is coming! But is it here to stay? Details: https://t.co/XAnm1akXXy9 hours ago by WeatherNation
Dramatic footage as a group of young people fell through the ice on a pond in Central Park on Monday. They were res… https://t.co/LQOCRmkwDN10 hours ago by WeatherNation
Dark clouds rolled through Murray, UT yesterday. Chances of rain/ snow mixes will be possible the rest of the week… https://t.co/QlTkOM79PQ13 hours ago by WeatherNation
Does it feel warm to you? Record heat continues across much of the Eastern U.S. Here are the records we've broken s… https://t.co/0DLnNCMMZb13 hours ago by WeatherNation
Many California rivers and dams are running high. The Anderson Lake spillway to be implemented for the first time i… https://t.co/DUaXH9zwZ115 hours ago by WeatherNation