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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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    Well, this summer they are both cooler than Kansas City! As of Monday, we’ve had 14 100 degree days. So I quickly compiled a comparison of a few other cities around the country to see where we stand.  Here are the numbers so far: Number of 100º Days                           City 64                                                      Phoenix 21                                                      Wichita 14                                                      St. Louis 14                                                  Kansas City 13                                                          Denver 11                                               Oklahoma City 10                                                             Dallas 6                                                             Omaha […]

  • So Hot…So Dry…What About Snow?

    Everywhere I go these days, people I talk to are starting to become genuinely worried about this drought.  While we have a long way to go to adequately compare to the 1930s with regard to heat.  The drought situation is starting to compare favorably with some of our driest years. Some have asked if there is a correlation between the extreme heat and drought and the subsequent winters.  The answer is sort of…but not really.  I say that because what […]

  • Volcanoes and Other Stuff

    All this hot weather lately has stoked the speculation about the cause of the heat, and the drought, and other weather extremes.  And while we have had a very hot summer so far…other parts of the northern hemisphere have actually been rather cool.  England is having a cool summer, and other parts of Europe had a record cool June! The heat truly is parked over the United States this summer, and it happens to be the pattern we are in….simple […]

  • Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Forecast….

    It’s hot…and you’re going to need a pool!  Okay…had to get that one out of my system!  But seriously, it hit 97º today…the hottest so far this year…and we’re now in a weather pattern that should start giving us some 100º heat very soon. In fact, the newest 10 day 500 millibar pattern for both the GFS and the European Models look essentially the same…with a developing blocking ridge that will take the storm track up and over us… This […]

  • It’s not as easy as it looks folks!!

    We are seeing some increasing chances for rain coming up in the forecast! Woohoo! For those of you ritually performing your rain dances, your hard work will pay off. It seems as though tonight some storms are popping up to the west and bringing in some slight chances of rain in the late hours of the evening to early morning tomorrow. It looks like the best chances will be around 3-4 a.m. There are also chances of rain in the […]

  • Thoughts On A Blown Call…

    This morning’s rains account for everything we’ve had in the rain gauge this month so far…so it was welcome relief from the very dry conditions.  And though the rainfall amounts in parts of the metro were impressive, the deficit in deep soil moisture is still a big problem. So the grass got a good drink…but the mature trees and crops that got missed could still use a lot more. Here’s a look at the rain track from last night:This is […]

  • Tonight’s The Night!!!

    Well, for some… tonight will be the night you get lucky with some rain….for most the rest of us…it’ll may be another missed opportunity. We hit 94º today…and there’s a cold front coming through tonight…so shouldn’t that be enough to do the trick? In the springtime, yes…in a summer pattern…you need a little more help. The problem today was that it was hot aloft.  At 10,000 feet, the afternoon readings were in the mid 50s…and at almost 2 miles high […]

  • FOX 4 Weather Team Welcomes ‘New’ Meteorologist — Temporarily

    Don’t be shocked, but, yes, the old Chief Meteorologist can still write a blog, even though the last one I wrote was back in 1983! Joe is probably calling an ambulance right now! Ha! Actually I begin work on School Day at the K beginning in December each year, and that, combined with the more active weather patterns over the winter and spring months make it tough to find the time to sit down and hack out a coherent essay […]