Eric Elwell

Meteorologist Eric Elwell moves to WHIO-TV's noon newscast beginning November 19. 2018 as McCall Vrydaghs takes over his role as Chief Meteorologist.  Elwell announced he will be leaving WHIO-TV at the end of 2018 after making a personal decision to relocate closer to family in Northeast Ohio.  Elwell has served as Chief Meteorologist of WHIO-TV since late June of 2015 and served the viewers of Miami Valley well in warning them of severe and impactful weather. Eric will be missed, but we wish he and his family the best in their next chapter. 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: What we can learn from last week’s frustrating ice storm
 With Thanksgiving week upon us, we must admit that one thing we should be thankful for is that we didn’t have last week’s ice storm at the same time this week. Can you even imagine the issues that could have caused as thousands of travelers hit the highways and airports to try to get to see family? After the ice storm ended, the...

Posted: a day ago

With Thanksgiving week upon us, we must admit that one thing we should be thankful for is that we didn’t have last week’s ice storm at the same time this week. Can you even imagine the issues that could have caused as thousands of travelers hit the highways and airports to try to get to see family? After the ice storm ended, the...
ELWELL: What kind of weather can we expect Thanksgiving week?
 Over the next week or so, many people will be traveling over the river and through the woods. With our turn toward cold weather and our recent brushes with snow, many are wondering if the weather could turn tricky for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. It’s looking like a relatively calm weather pattern for Thanksgiving week...

Posted: 9 days ago

Over the next week or so, many people will be traveling over the river and through the woods. With our turn toward cold weather and our recent brushes with snow, many are wondering if the weather could turn tricky for one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. It’s looking like a relatively calm weather pattern for Thanksgiving week...
Get ready for winter: We could see near-record cold this weekend
 I was out running errands a couple of days ago when someone stopped me and thanked me for sunshine that we got to enjoy over the weekend. Indeed, it was a nice change after a very soggy week before. Of course, just like I cannot take credit for the good weather, I certainly cannot take credit for the weather pattern we are about to endure...

Posted: 16 days ago

I was out running errands a couple of days ago when someone stopped me and thanked me for sunshine that we got to enjoy over the weekend. Indeed, it was a nice change after a very soggy week before. Of course, just like I cannot take credit for the good weather, I certainly cannot take credit for the weather pattern we are about to endure...
After Halloween, beware of the ‘Witches of November’ storm systems
 If the vivid fall color hasn’t reminded you how close we are to November, perhaps the strong winds from this past weekend did. As we move toward Halloween, meteorologists really do start looking for “witches.” Of course, we are not talking about the greenish-colored lady dressed in all black flying on a broom. Instead, this...

Posted: 22 days ago

If the vivid fall color hasn’t reminded you how close we are to November, perhaps the strong winds from this past weekend did. As we move toward Halloween, meteorologists really do start looking for “witches.” Of course, we are not talking about the greenish-colored lady dressed in all black flying on a broom. Instead, this...
ELWELL: Winter may start quiet, get increasingly bitter
 Late last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the 2018-2019 season. In case you missed it, the forecast is calling for another El Nino winter. El Niño is a part of a routine climate pattern that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal...

Posted: 29 days ago

Late last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter weather outlook for the 2018-2019 season. In case you missed it, the forecast is calling for another El Nino winter. El Niño is a part of a routine climate pattern that occurs when sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean rise to above-normal...
Where is all the fall color? Why we’re not seeing as much as normal
 Despite the recent drop in temperatures, it seems to many of us that fall has been delayed. Or, at least, that the color of fall has been slowed down. Around mid-October, the trees should be well into their full process of changing color. Typically, the peak of fall color is around a week from now. But many trees in the Miami Valley have...

4:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

Despite the recent drop in temperatures, it seems to many of us that fall has been delayed. Or, at least, that the color of fall has been slowed down. Around mid-October, the trees should be well into their full process of changing color. Typically, the peak of fall color is around a week from now. But many trees in the Miami Valley have...
First frost likely just days away
 Despite a couple of cool days, fall has started out quite warm. The stats certainly bear that out. Since Oct. 1, when factoring in both high and low temperatures, we are currently running over 12 degrees above average. Near record-high temperatures were reported Sunday and Monday. But if you are yearning for cooler weather to get you into...

5:25 PM Monday, Oct. 08, 2018

Despite a couple of cool days, fall has started out quite warm. The stats certainly bear that out. Since Oct. 1, when factoring in both high and low temperatures, we are currently running over 12 degrees above average. Near record-high temperatures were reported Sunday and Monday. But if you are yearning for cooler weather to get you into...
Elwell: The origin and impact of the European ‘medicane’
 As we roll into October and temperatures will begin to cool, the season for tropical storms is slowly winding down. What you may not know is there is a stormed named Leslie churning over the open Atlantic Ocean. The storm is forecast to slowly strengthen throughout the early part of this week, but the system is not expected to impact any...

10:39 AM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

As we roll into October and temperatures will begin to cool, the season for tropical storms is slowly winding down. What you may not know is there is a stormed named Leslie churning over the open Atlantic Ocean. The storm is forecast to slowly strengthen throughout the early part of this week, but the system is not expected to impact any...
Elwell: Start of fall brings more active weather to area
 Right on cue, fall arrived in the Miami Valley over the weekend. Indeed, it is likely we saw our last 90-degree day for the next eight months last week. Temperatures dropped almost 40 degrees in just about 36 hours between Thursday to Saturday morning. Such a dramatic change in temperatures can sometimes fuel big storms. While the threat...

6:30 PM Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

Right on cue, fall arrived in the Miami Valley over the weekend. Indeed, it is likely we saw our last 90-degree day for the next eight months last week. Temperatures dropped almost 40 degrees in just about 36 hours between Thursday to Saturday morning. Such a dramatic change in temperatures can sometimes fuel big storms. While the threat...
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...

10:53 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

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...

10:53 AM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

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...