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
If you missed hitting the slopes this weekend, here's a video from a ski lift to help you feel like you didn't.… https://t.co/tXEqNOmT3T4 hours ago by WeatherNation
Powerful storms continue to slam the West Coast and this will lead to high surf through the week. https://t.co/bNCLlIaI3t6 hours ago by WeatherNation
PARADE OF STORMS: Yet another set of alerts to add to a growing list. Multiple storms will hit the northwest into n… https://t.co/JLn6U3Vivu9 hours ago by WeatherNation
Rain will be moving out of the Philadelphia area shortly, here's the soggy view from earlier. https://t.co/VW5tyEXPge10 hours ago by WeatherNation
Washington D.C. is at its wettest year on record - already over two inches over its previous high mark from 1889:… https://t.co/qoVjcOsp6312 hours ago by WeatherNation
BUZZ WORD: Atmospheric Rivers. They're expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the west, but do you know what the… https://t.co/A0cQR1swcq14 hours ago by WeatherNation
Gorgeous sunrise this morning in Greers Ferry, AR!☀️ https://t.co/LPDf1yKa1r14 hours ago by WeatherNation
Check out this incredible morning satellite view of swollen rivers in South Carolina. Recent heavy rains and snow m… https://t.co/lwTxSeZAK715 hours ago by WeatherNation