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Mike Thompson is the chief meteorologist for FOX 4 and provides weather for the 5, 6, 9, and 10 PM newscasts. Before joining FOX 4 in 1992, Mike was chief meteorologist at KCTV in Kansas City for nine years.
Mike was born in Wichita, Kansas, grew up in Burlington, KS, and graduated from Burlington High School. He studied meteorology in the United States Navy, where he was a weather forecaster aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington until 1979. He began his television career in Oklahoma City, at KOKH-TV and KWTV. He then moved to WPCQ-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mike is a holder of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval. The seal is given to those broadcast meteorologists who display an excellence in presenting their weather program to viewers in a manner that enhances the science of meteorology. In 2006, he became the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in Kansas City. The CBM program certifies that the holder meets specific educational and experience criteria, and has passed rigorous testing in their knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences, needed to be an effective broadcast meteorologist. The CBM seal is awarded by the AMS.
Mike was one of the first three weather forecasters in the United States to use Doppler radar on air. Between 2006 and 2014, he has won six Emmy Awards for his meteorological work on-air and in the community. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 for Best Weathercaster, and in 2000 for a weather special on the Oklahoma City tornado. In 1997, he was one of 100 meteorologists from across the United States to be personally invited by President Clinton to attend a Global Warming conference in Washington, D.C. During that same year, he received an Emmy nomination in the category of “Weathercaster.” In 1994, Mike was recognized in a national publication, as one of the “top 15 best local weathercasters” in the country. Thompson ranked among other weathercasters from markets as large as Boston, Washington, D.C., Dallas, San Francisco, and Chicago. Mike was a recipient of the Kansas City Media Professional’s “Best TV Reporter-Weather” for 1988, 1991, 1993 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Mike has been writing and producing “Weathering the Storm” an educational weather show designed for school children, since 1995. Hundreds of thousands of children have attended this program, held each year at Kauffman Stadium, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals.
In 2008, Mike was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle at the Mid-America 2008 Emmy Gala in St. Louis. Every year NATAS inducts television professionals with 25 or more years of outstanding service in television into the prestigious Silver Circle.
Off camera, Mike enjoys water sports, volleyball, music, playing the guitar, and BBQ! Mike and Leanne live in Shawnee, Kan. They have three grown children.


Recent Articles
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    Wednesday brings another opportunity to get some scattered storms in parts of the area.  We are heading into a period of unsettled weather where rain chances will crop up each day…but each batch of storms affects when, where, or if the next batch develops…so the forecast will be almost as unsettled as the weather pattern!  Once this system passes through, however, the strong summertime heat will rebuild, and you can see that in the updated Long Ranger! Check out the […]

  • Kansas City metro likely to feel nasty effects of nearby drought this summer

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  • Team Smile

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  • Front on the move

    Watch the Fox 4 Morning Show to start your day! Check out the weather forecast before you get dressed and head out the door! Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 […]

  • Still dreary

    Watch the Fox 4 Morning Show to start your day! Check out the weather forecast before you get dressed and head out the door! Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 […]

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    Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 weather team will have updates on the forecast every quarter-hour in the video player above. Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar Sign up […]

  • Wind chills in the teens!

    Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 weather team will have updates on the forecast every quarter-hour in the video player above. Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar Sign up […]

  • Another chilly morning

    Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 weather team will have updates on the forecast every quarter-hour in the video player above. Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar Sign up […]

  • Clear, cold start

    Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 weather team will have updates on the forecast every quarter-hour in the video player above. Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar Sign up […]

  • Wind chills in the 20s!

    Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Live news broadcasts are displayed in the player above; when no news is being broadcast live, you’ll see a replay of recent newscasts. Not seeing what you’re looking for? Try our other live stream. Click here for more on this week’s forecast. The FOX 4 weather team will have updates on the forecast every quarter-hour in the video player above. Click here for FOX 4 Interactive Radar Sign up […]

  • Bundle up

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