Michael's passion for weather and meteorology started at a young age growing up in rural southern Indiana, often watching storms from his west-facing bedroom window.
In high school, he debated between pursuing art or meteorology, but chose to accept an art scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. After graduating in 1999 with a degree in Computer Art, he did some freelance work in Savannah, but the art career never took off. He relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL to work as a doorman at an upscale beachfront resort. A unique and fun job, Michael credits his time as a doorman as playing a crucial role in helping him have the courage to pursue a broadcast meteorology career.
He left sunny Florida and enrolled at Valparaiso University (Indiana). While at Valpo he had the opportunity to join the university storm chase team and intern under renown Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling. Michael's broadcast meteorology career led him to Tornado Alley where he has felt at home since 2005. Michael has been forecasting weather in Tulsa and Green Country since 2008 and is a three-time Emmy Award winner. He was also a part of a team that won the National Murrow Award for coverage of the 2013 Newcastle/OKC/Moore EF-5 tornado.
Michael has earned the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and is an avid storm chaser and storm photographer.