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
Happy Sunday! A look at today's high temperatures: https://t.co/xN0B1Wihg82 hours ago by WeatherNation
Say it ain't snow! It ain't snow! It's cotton of all things! Strong winds made cotton float through the air over… https://t.co/aGHxHWk7ga4 hours ago by WeatherNation
The storms that moved through the central U.S. SAT evening might have been severe, but the cloud formations are tru… https://t.co/vqaNApxPfB10 hours ago by WeatherNation
Severe storms make their way through the Music City Saturday evening. Active weather will continue through the nig… https://t.co/vhTp25GlhO13 hours ago by WeatherNation
A severe thunderstorm and tornado watch stretch about 1,500 miles from Colorado to the Atlantic this evening. Stay… https://t.co/bGf1RZmrob14 hours ago by WeatherNation
Severe storms continue to make their way through the central U.S. Be sure to stay weather aware throughout this ho… https://t.co/7tf1MLBOtm16 hours ago by WeatherNation
Hail this afternoon has been as large as 4.25" thick (grapefruit size) in Missouri! This video shows pea size hail… https://t.co/9Tn7T9Lwl817 hours ago by WeatherNation
Severe storms are moving through Missouri now. Hope all the boaters are safe after this storm blew over Lake of the… https://t.co/Vp5o6a1kvv18 hours ago by WeatherNation
What's your favorite kind of weather for a long holiday weekend? #ItsWhatWeDo23 hours ago by WeatherNation