McCall Vrydaghs

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist

McCall Vrydaghs was named Chief Meteorologist of WHIO's Storm Center 7 team of Meteorologists on November 19, 2018. Vrydaghs joined the team in 2012 and earned the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society due to her proven track record in tracking severe storms and winter weather in the Miami Valley. "I'm very excited to start this next chapter of my life," said Vrydaghs. "The Miami Valley is my home, and it means everything to me to keep families safe from severe weather by leading the very best weather team in Southwest Ohio."  Vrydaghs replaces Meteorologist Eric Elwell who is leaving the area based on a personal decision to locate closer to family.  You can watch Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs on WHIO-TV at 5-6:30pm and 11pm, Monday through Friday. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego, New York in 2005. Soon after graduation I went to work as a meteorologist for CNN Headline News Radio in Newburgh, NY. In 2011, I made my jump to television as the weekend meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News. My forecasts were aired in New Jersey and across Long Island, NY. I also had the pleasure of broadcasting weather for the Yankees on the YES Network and for the Jets and Giants home games at MetLife stadium. Some of my achievements include being awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society based on my working knowledge of meteorology. I’m also honored to have placed second in the Ohio Regional APME Awards for ‘Best Weathercast’, and to be nominated for the 2016 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in the category for weather. When I’m not on-air, I love connecting with my viewers. Q & A Where were you born? Suffern, NY Where did you grow up? Campbell Hall, NY What was your favorite tv show back then? Family Matters What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?A Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular How might someone have described you in high school?Extremely outgoing, funny and caring. What was your first job? Working the 10 items or less line at a local grocery store called “The Grand Union”. What was your first job in television? Weekend Meteorologist at Verizon FiOS1 News New Jersey, and Long Island. What do you like about your job?The challenge that each storm brings to the table.  What do you not like about your job?The potential for long hours. I remember working close to 24 hours straight during Hurricane Irene. What might people be surprised to know about you?I participated in beauty pageants until the age of 13. On the more athletic side, I played soccer through college. What is the hardest thing you ever did?Leave my family What would be a perfect day for you? Camping with my fiancé Dan and our dog Mischief. What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?Like every job, broadcast meteorology has its ups and downs. But if you love it enough, you can’t go wrong. There is always plenty of excitement, and new things to learn. If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?My first day on air, broadcasting during Hurricane Irene, and my first day here at WHIO-TV. Favorite Things Book: “State of Fear” by Michael Chrichton CBS show(s): NCIS and Criminal Minds Dream car: Maserati Food: Ice Cream!!! Dayton area place: The Greene Movies: The Notebook & Guys and Dolls Music: Frank Sinatra Travel destination: North Myrtle Beach to see my grandmother

Latest from McCall Vrydaghs

Vrydaghs: What’s with the wacky February weather?
 We’re barely two weeks into February and it’s already been a wacky month for weather. From snow to flooding to tornadoes, the Miami Valley has experienced all four seasons in just about 14 days. It all started on the first day of the month as the Storm Center 7 team was tracking another winter storm. A quick moving wave of low...

Posted: 9 days ago

We’re barely two weeks into February and it’s already been a wacky month for weather. From snow to flooding to tornadoes, the Miami Valley has experienced all four seasons in just about 14 days. It all started on the first day of the month as the Storm Center 7 team was tracking another winter storm. A quick moving wave of low...
How can snow melt cause flooding?
 During the winter it’s no surprise to see snow, but sometimes it’s not just the plowing and shoveling that can cause headaches. Temperatures swings during the winter this can be problematic, especially when there’s a significant snow pack on the ground, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. “A quick...

Posted: 15 days ago

During the winter it’s no surprise to see snow, but sometimes it’s not just the plowing and shoveling that can cause headaches. Temperatures swings during the winter this can be problematic, especially when there’s a significant snow pack on the ground, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. “A quick...
What is advection fog?
 Temperatures warmed into the lower 50s Monday, but the ground was still much colder, especially with a snow pack still visible in spots. It’s that contrast between the warmer air and cold ground that made the perfect recipe for fog, said Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Advection fog is formed by the rush of warm moist over...

Posted: 16 days ago

Temperatures warmed into the lower 50s Monday, but the ground was still much colder, especially with a snow pack still visible in spots. It’s that contrast between the warmer air and cold ground that made the perfect recipe for fog, said Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Advection fog is formed by the rush of warm moist over...
Polar vortex this week reminds us of 2014’s 40 below zero wind chills
 Brace yourself because the polar vortex is coming. That’s right, I said it: the POLAR VORTEX! I know you’ve heard the phrase before, and sometimes it’s been sensationalized and misused, but it is indeed an actual weather term. Before I tell you when and how cold it will get, let’s define what polar vortex actually...

Posted: 24 days ago

Brace yourself because the polar vortex is coming. That’s right, I said it: the POLAR VORTEX! I know you’ve heard the phrase before, and sometimes it’s been sensationalized and misused, but it is indeed an actual weather term. Before I tell you when and how cold it will get, let’s define what polar vortex actually...
Vrydaghs: Weekend storm illustrates the challenges of forecasting snow totals
 When it came time to writing this week’s article and coming up with a topic the only thing I could think about was this past weekend’s storm. I find myself going over in my mind the many things that led up to what happened and why people reacted the way they did when the forecast changed. For that reason, I feel implored to put...

3:56 PM Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

When it came time to writing this week’s article and coming up with a topic the only thing I could think about was this past weekend’s storm. I find myself going over in my mind the many things that led up to what happened and why people reacted the way they did when the forecast changed. For that reason, I feel implored to put...
Record weekend snow doesn’t compare to Blizzard of ’78
 It’s safe to say it’s been a while since we’ve seen snowfall in Southwest Ohio like we saw this past weekend. While snow totals were slightly higher than expected, the storm track and placement of the highest snowfall were perfectly placed. Forecasting a snowstorm, especially like the one we just had, can be challenging...

4:43 PM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

It’s safe to say it’s been a while since we’ve seen snowfall in Southwest Ohio like we saw this past weekend. While snow totals were slightly higher than expected, the storm track and placement of the highest snowfall were perfectly placed. Forecasting a snowstorm, especially like the one we just had, can be challenging...
First meteor shower of 2019 set for early January
 The Quadrantid Meteor shower is the first major meteor shower of 2019. It will peak the night of Jan. 3. The best time to view them would be after midnight until dawn on Jan. 4, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The meteors will radiate out from the northeastern sky, after midnight just below the big dipper. While the...

5:24 AM Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019

The Quadrantid Meteor shower is the first major meteor shower of 2019. It will peak the night of Jan. 3. The best time to view them would be after midnight until dawn on Jan. 4, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The meteors will radiate out from the northeastern sky, after midnight just below the big dipper. While the...
2018 makes Top 10 list of wettest years in Dayton
 It’s official. 2018 is one of the Top 10 wettest years on record. As of 7 p.m., Dayton pushed into the 10th spot, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The year’s accumulation is 48.99 inches.  Dayton isn’t the only Ohio city to experience a wet year.  Cincinnati now ranks #3 for wettest years...

1:53 AM Tuesday, Jan. 01, 2019

It’s official. 2018 is one of the Top 10 wettest years on record. As of 7 p.m., Dayton pushed into the 10th spot, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The year’s accumulation is 48.99 inches.  Dayton isn’t the only Ohio city to experience a wet year.  Cincinnati now ranks #3 for wettest years...
Record cold, tornadoes, floods: Looking back at the weather of 2018
 Can you believe another year has passed? Now’s the time of year when many feel nostalgic. A time to reflect on the past and wonder what the future may hold. Throughout this article I’ll take you back to 2018 and remind you of five significant events that occurred in the Miami Valley then give you a little taste of what’s...

6:19 PM Monday, Dec. 31, 2018

Can you believe another year has passed? Now’s the time of year when many feel nostalgic. A time to reflect on the past and wonder what the future may hold. Throughout this article I’ll take you back to 2018 and remind you of five significant events that occurred in the Miami Valley then give you a little taste of what’s...
Vrydaghs: The Great Lakes and what lake-effect snow means for Ohio
 Growing up in the northeast, attending SUNY Oswego in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario and now living in the Miami Valley, I’ve always been fascinated by the Great Lakes. It’s amazing to me how these magnificent bodies of water were created and how their presence can cause extreme, hyper-local weather events. Around...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018

Growing up in the northeast, attending SUNY Oswego in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Ontario and now living in the Miami Valley, I’ve always been fascinated by the Great Lakes. It’s amazing to me how these magnificent bodies of water were created and how their presence can cause extreme, hyper-local weather events. Around...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Snowstorm in the Southeast
 Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast is back and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs are talking about a snowstorm ... but not in Ohio. A few weeks ago, a snowstorm affected the southeastern United States from the Carolinas up through Virginia.  They sat down with morning meteorologist Keith Monday from WSOC-TV...

3:56 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast is back and Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs are talking about a snowstorm ... but not in Ohio. A few weeks ago, a snowstorm affected the southeastern United States from the Carolinas up through Virginia.  They sat down with morning meteorologist Keith Monday from WSOC-TV...