Mike Seidel Biography
Mike Seidel born Michael Phillip is an American meteorologist who has worked at The Weather Channel since March 1992. Seidel is noted for his field reporting from breaking weather including severe weather, hurricanes and snowstorms.
Mike Seidel Age
Michael Phillip Seidel was born on January 18, 1956 in Salisbury, Maryland.
Mike Seidel Wife
Seidel married Christine Schroder in 1994. The couple has two children namely, Sam and Zoe.
Mike Seidel Salary & Net Worth
Being a meteorologist, Mike Seidel has earned a tremendous amount of money from his prolific career.His net worth is believed to be more than $1 million. He currently serves as a meteorologist for The Weather Channel and recieves an annual salary of more than $51,500.
Mike Seidel Early Career
His interest in weather began when he was six years old and began measuring snowfall in his hometown of Salisbury, Maryland. While he was in the eighth grade in school, he installed a weather station on the roof of his house. He worked for four local radio stations during his high school and college years, including WJDY-AM in Salisbury, WDMV-AM in Pocomoke City and WKHI-FM in Ocean City (all three in Maryland) and also WSUX-FM in Seaford, Delaware.
After graduating from Wicomico Senior High School, now Wicomico High School, Seidel went to Salisbury State College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in mathematics, in 1979. Seidel also majored in geography.
Immediately after his graduation, he started his television career with WMDT-TV, from 1980-1982, in Salisbury. Seidel also entered graduate school and he earned his Master’s degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. He wrote his master’s thesis under the direction of Dr. Greg Forbes, now The Weather Channel’s expert on severe weather. Seidel appeared on Weather World on the Pennsylvania Public Television Network during his graduate studies.
His first full-time broadcasting position was at WYFF-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, where he worked from 1983 through 1989. In 1989, Seidel returned to Salisbury to work as the meteorologist for WBOC-TV. He remained there until March 1992, when he left for The Weather Channel.
Mike Seidel The Weather Channel
Seidel covered his first storm, Hurricane Edouard in 1996, on Labor Day Weekend on Cape Cod. Since then he has covered nearly 70 tropical storms and hurricanes, nor’easters, numerous snow and ice storms and tornado outbreaks. Seidel has also reported live from the PGA Tour, the Baseball All-Star Game, the World Series and the Indianapolis 500 automobile race. Seidel hosted the National Football League “Kickoff Forecast” segments every Sunday morning from NFL venues from 2002 to 2012.
While at The Weather Channel, he has appeared on numerous network news programs, including NBC-TV’s Today Show and NBC Nightly News, CBS-TV’s The Early Show, The CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning and World News Tonight, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, Nightline and World News Now. Seidel has also reported live from breaking weather on MSNBC, the Cable News Network and Fox News Channel.
In 2003, he filled in for Tony Perkins on ABC’s Good Morning America and for Al Roker on NBC’s The Today Show in 2009. Seidel became the first Weather Channel and U.S. meteorologist to report live from Cuba during coverage of Tropical Storm Isaac August 24–26, 2012. He did his 20,000th live shot on January 12, 2018, during a snowstorm in Rochester, NY.
While reporting from North Carolina during Hurricane Florence in 2018, he received some media attention after a video was published showing him bracing his feet against the wind while two men walked behind him. Observers on Twitter and some comedic news headlines stated that Seidel was exaggerating the severity of the winds. In response, The Weather Channel responded that, “It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted.