Eric Elwell

I am very excited to be a part of the Storm Center 7 weather team here at WHIO-TV!  Before joining WHIO, I was working for WBNS in Columbus where I was the weekend meteorologist since 2012. Prior to that, I worked right across the hall from WBNS as the chief meteorologist for the Ohio News Network (ONN) where I had been since 1998. During my time at ONN, I was able to lead our weather team to numerous Ohio Associated Press awards for "Best Weather Operation" in Ohio, including in 2009, 2010 and 2011.   I began my career at WTVA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tupelo, Miss., and then worked for KAKE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, KS. I have my degree in Earth Science with a specialization in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. I earned my American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation. The AMS grants the CBM designation to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effective communication skills in their weather presentations. I also have my Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association and was selected in 2011 to sit on the NWA seal evaluation board.    My hobbies include landscaping, watching college sports and playing around with my two “kids”, Jacob and Kira (my English Springer Spaniels. I also enjoy storm chasing if I am not manning the weather center. I started storm chasing in my teens but my real “adventures” began while working in Kansas covering storms in tornado alley.  No storm is ever exactly the same, and when it comes right down to it, the best part of my job—and the most important part—is helping people plan their lives and stay safe from the next storm. I’m often asked what advice I would give to someone who wants to go into the business of meteorology, and I tell them: be ready for an ever-changing environment and ready to meet the challenges of delivering accurate, important news and weather information.  Never lose sight of what is most important—be clear, concise and accurate.  Someone’s life may depend on it. Where were you born?  Fort Lauderdale, FL Where did you grow up? Florida, Colorado and Tennessee What was your favorite TV show then? Knight Rider & Dukes of Hazard What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Honestly, I don’t remember every wanting to do anything else but be a weatherman. My mom says I was fascinated with storms when I was 3 years old. How might someone have described you in high school? Probably a weather geek. What was your first job?  My first job was selling popcorn at a local movie theater in McMinnville, Tenn. What was your first job in television?   I was a weekend weathercaster at WTVA in Tupelo, MS making $5.00/hour. What do you like about your job?  I really enjoy working in an environment where you see something different every day. Technology is always changing and no storm is every exactly the same. When it comes right down to it, my favorite part is helping people plan their lives and hopefully keep them safe from the next storm. What do you not like about your job?  Sometimes despite the latest technology and advancements in forecasting, Mother Nature throws a curve-ball and the forecast doesn’t work out the way it was supposed to. This can lead to some not-so-friendly emails and messages, especially from kiddos who didn’t get that snow day they thought they might get!  But that is part of the job. What might people be surprised to know about you?  Just like Rich Wirdzek, I was also a DJ for a rock station in Mississippi, yet Rich and I never crossed paths until WHIO. I am also an amateur radio operator and can sometimes be heard by the call-sign KD4BNT! What is the hardest thing you ever did?  Make a decision to let my beloved pet go after an illness. What would be a perfect day for you?  After a nice, sunny day laying on the beach, watching a thunderstorm out over the water as the sun sets. What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?   Be ready for an ever-changing environment and ready to meet the challenges of how people get their news and weather information. Never lose sight of what is most important… be clear, be concise, and be accurate. Someone’s life may depend on it. If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career, what would be on it?  Covering the storms that rolled across the state on November 10, 2002 while working at the Ohio News Network. This was the day of the destructive Van Wert tornado.  Favorites: Favorite Book:  Does looking at Zillow on my iPad count? Favorite CBS Show: Football! Favorite Dream Car: KITT from Knight Rider… or a Lamborghini would work. Favorite Food:  My mother’s homemade lasagna!! Favorite Hobby:  Landscaping and exploring new parks. Favorite Miami Valley Place:  Does Kings Island count? I am sort of new to the area and looking for good recommendations! Favorite Movie: Twister & E.T. Favorite Music:  There isn’t much music I don’t like really. Normally listen to pop or 80’s music. Favorite Travel Destination:  Just about any warm beach! Seem to wind up near Cancun a lot when I can go.

Latest from Eric Elwell

Elwell: Extreme weather events rise as planet warms
 Growing up, I was always fascinated by the weather. I wasn’t just in awe about what I was seeing outside, but why I was seeing what I was seeing. It is likely you will recall from elementary school one of the most basic meteorological processes called the “water cycle.” The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the weather. I wasn’t just in awe about what I was seeing outside, but why I was seeing what I was seeing. It is likely you will recall from elementary school one of the most basic meteorological processes called the “water cycle.” The water cycle, also known as the hydrological cycle...
Elwell: Hurricanes take aim at U.S. as season hits peak
 Southwest Ohio is slowly beginning to dry out from what was a drenching weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon pushed through the area. Parts of the Miami Valley saw more than 6 inches of rain fall in about 72 hours. Dayton had a daily rainfall record blown out of the water on Saturday with 2.70 inches of rain falling. This shattered...

Posted: 7 days ago

Southwest Ohio is slowly beginning to dry out from what was a drenching weekend as the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon pushed through the area. Parts of the Miami Valley saw more than 6 inches of rain fall in about 72 hours. Dayton had a daily rainfall record blown out of the water on Saturday with 2.70 inches of rain falling. This shattered...
Elwell: Fall nearing, but September likely hotter than normal
 It is almost here! The kids are back in school. Football is being played on Thursday and Friday nights at a field near you. Even the pumpkin spiced whatever has started to show up. I spotted Halloween decorations on my local grocery store shelf. That is right: fall arrives in 25 days! Are you ready? Last week, the weather started to feel...

Posted: 21 days ago

It is almost here! The kids are back in school. Football is being played on Thursday and Friday nights at a field near you. Even the pumpkin spiced whatever has started to show up. I spotted Halloween decorations on my local grocery store shelf. That is right: fall arrives in 25 days! Are you ready? Last week, the weather started to feel...
Those unusual Ohio sunsets are a result of western wildfires
 “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” You’ve likely heard this saying, which has very old roots that can even be traced to the book of Matthew in the Bible. There are also versions of this saying that talk about shepherds instead of sailors. There are two factors that contribute...

Posted: 27 days ago

“Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” You’ve likely heard this saying, which has very old roots that can even be traced to the book of Matthew in the Bible. There are also versions of this saying that talk about shepherds instead of sailors. There are two factors that contribute...
The sun created havoc during massive hurricane. New probe seeks to learn why.

5:49 PM Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

While you were hopefully out enjoying some sunshine with family or friends over the weekend, you may not have known that NASA launched a probe atop a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida toward the sun. The mission, called the Parker Solar Probe, will loop around the sun 24 times, flying within the star&rsquo...
Elwell: Weather’s ‘bad mood’ and what it costs you
 Whether or not you realize it, the weather affects us in almost everything we do. It affects us on what we wear each day and how much our utility bills will be from one month to the next. It even affects the price you pay for your groceries. Often, when I am visiting a school or other group, I am asked, “What got you into forecasting...

10:45 AM Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2018

Whether or not you realize it, the weather affects us in almost everything we do. It affects us on what we wear each day and how much our utility bills will be from one month to the next. It even affects the price you pay for your groceries. Often, when I am visiting a school or other group, I am asked, “What got you into forecasting...
Elwell: Comet debris and a meteor shower will soon make up gorgeous night skies
 Right now, the Earth is slowly moving into the path of debris left behind by a comet. This comet, named Swift-Tuttle, has a nucleus ball of dust, ice, rock and dark organic material. The nucleus is 16 miles wide and is the largest solar system object to pass close to Earth repeatedly. The last visit of comet Swift-Tuttle was in 1992 and will...

2:02 PM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

Right now, the Earth is slowly moving into the path of debris left behind by a comet. This comet, named Swift-Tuttle, has a nucleus ball of dust, ice, rock and dark organic material. The nucleus is 16 miles wide and is the largest solar system object to pass close to Earth repeatedly. The last visit of comet Swift-Tuttle was in 1992 and will...
Toxic algae bloom spreading over western Lake Erie
 The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom is continuing to spread across the western basin of Lake Erie. The toxic bloom starts near Monroe and Detroit Beach and then extends 20 miles to the east to southeast. Recent satellite imagery indicates the bloom is present in Maumee Bay, extending north alongshore the Michigan coast to Brest Bay,...

8:58 PM Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018

The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom is continuing to spread across the western basin of Lake Erie. The toxic bloom starts near Monroe and Detroit Beach and then extends 20 miles to the east to southeast. Recent satellite imagery indicates the bloom is present in Maumee Bay, extending north alongshore the Michigan coast to Brest Bay,...
Here’s how we know our hotter-than-usual summer will be cooling off soon
 There is a clear sign that colder weather is on the way. I’m not talking about the cool down in our temperatures over the weekend, but the fact that on Saturday, our sunset time was back before 9 p.m. We are already starting to lose daylight. We are now losing an average of about one minute and 45 seconds per day. By the end of this...

2:41 PM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

There is a clear sign that colder weather is on the way. I’m not talking about the cool down in our temperatures over the weekend, but the fact that on Saturday, our sunset time was back before 9 p.m. We are already starting to lose daylight. We are now losing an average of about one minute and 45 seconds per day. By the end of this...
Weather Wise Q&A 
 Have you ever pulled up the radar on your phone or watched on TV and see what appears to be precipitation on radar when the sun is out?  You may think there is something wrong with the radar, but actually, there is not. You are seeing ground clutter.  Doppler Radar is so sensitive it can pick up insect and bird migrations and low-level...

12:10 AM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

Have you ever pulled up the radar on your phone or watched on TV and see what appears to be precipitation on radar when the sun is out?  You may think there is something wrong with the radar, but actually, there is not. You are seeing ground clutter.  Doppler Radar is so sensitive it can pick up insect and bird migrations and low-level...
This is among the best times in years to see Mars in the night sky. Here’s how to do it.
 Growing up, I don’t really remember ever wanting to be anything other than a meteorologist. It was my dream. I loved watching the sky. While my favorite thing to see in the night sky are thunderstorms off in the distance, I am still very drawn to gazing outside of our own atmosphere. One of the greatest sights in the sky over the last...

10:41 AM Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018

Growing up, I don’t really remember ever wanting to be anything other than a meteorologist. It was my dream. I loved watching the sky. While my favorite thing to see in the night sky are thunderstorms off in the distance, I am still very drawn to gazing outside of our own atmosphere. One of the greatest sights in the sky over the last...