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
Wow! Tons of rain in the past 24 hours and unfortunately tons more to come in the next 24 hours. A high risk of flo… https://t.co/Rdlgib2WI01 hour ago by WeatherNation
More videos coming in from Mississippi showing the dangerous flooding conditions! Several inches of rain fell int… https://t.co/QJpFZGbO4l1 hour ago by WeatherNation
Severe storms roll over parts of Mississippi this evening! More severe weather weather is expected tonight and to… https://t.co/B1s7v9dPgA2 hours ago by WeatherNation
Nearly 3 feet of snow fell in just one day in Flagstaff, Arizona where a 100 year old record was broken. This amaz… https://t.co/niNNlx18983 hours ago by WeatherNation
BLIZZARD WARNINGS issued for parts of Kansas and Nebraska. Snow and strong wind gusts on the way for the Plains on… https://t.co/TtWDz2x0hB5 hours ago by WeatherNation