Tim grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and always had a fascination with weather. In fact, he witnessed his first tornado while in high school, he knew he was hooked on being out in the elements and wanted to experience weather up close.
Tim’s passion for weather took a detour over the next few years while he played junior hockey, pursued his private pilot license and studied in the Business Aviation Program at The University of Dubuque. It wasn’t until the 1990s, when Tim began to put his passion for weather to use full-time when he began to chase storms, sell video to many major news networks and enrolled in the Mississippi State Broadcast Meteorology Program.
During his career in television, Tim worked for numerous local stations and has always wanted to be close to or in Tornado Alley. Some of those stations include: KREM-TV in Spokane, WA, KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, WY, KGAN/KGXA-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA, WISC-TV in Madison, WI and NBC Nebraska.
Q&A with Tim Jones
What inspired you to become a meteorologist?
Without a doubt, when I witnessed my first tornado in high school. I was on vacation at Lake Panorama with my family and saw a tornado form on the other side of the lake. The fact that it was at least 6 miles away gave me the opportunity to watch it in awe. I was terrified and excited at the same time!
What is your most memorable weather experience?
Without a doubt, my most memorable weather experience was covering the Pilger tornado back on June 16, 2014. It was the first time in my career that I was able to show my viewers a tornado by using live, streaming video. I have always been a firm believer in not just telling people about the weather, but actually showing it as well. It was an opportunity to heighten viewer awareness by showing the threat in real time.
Outside of weather, what are your hobbies and interests?
Outside of work, I love to cook, enjoy a great craft beer, participate in almost any outdoor activity and spend time with my family. Travel tops the list as well and I love a good road trip to a new destination whenever I can!
Besides your parents, who has influenced you the most in your life?
I never had just one person influence me significantly, but rather several close friends who coached me along the way. I have never been afraid to accept a new challenge or move on to bigger and better things in life. To sum it up, I've never been the kind of person who did on thing or had one job for my entire life. It's just not who I am.
What is a little known fact about you?
I am not the kind of person who had a large amount of friends and acquaintances, but rather have several very close friends who I trust and count on. I can speak to large audiences with no issue, but can be somewhat uncomfortable in large groups too. While I love to always be out and about, I'll never pass on a quiet night at home either.
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
Besides the obvious goal of working to keep our viewers safe and informed, it would be to continue to meet to new people and share the WeatherNation experience with them. The television business is rapidly evolving into so many platforms and viewers have so many options to receive their weather information. What makes us unique is that we have the ability to give them a front row seat when dramatic weather occurs.