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
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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued until 3am CT for southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. Large hail & strong win… https://t.co/ErcFBpSuzR7 hours ago by WeatherNation
7:05 p.m. Central...*New* tornado watch issued for southeastern Texas until midnight local time for the potential o… https://t.co/hst7LXXzto9 hours ago by WeatherNation
An enhanced risk for severe storms tonight in the Arklatex. Additional severe chances this weekend in the South -… https://t.co/G0tuhgaLVy11 hours ago by WeatherNation
Blizzard conditions in parts of New Mexico as strong winds & heavy snow continues. More snow is ahead for the West… https://t.co/BewK6HnJN813 hours ago by WeatherNation