Mike Nelson has served as Chief Meteorologist for 7News since 2004. Weather has been his passion since he was 7 years old and he is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe during severe weather.
7News is your Storm Station - the best source for information during dangerous and scary weather conditions.
Mike received his degree in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1976, he began work at Weather Central, a private weather consulting firm specializing in forecasts for ski areas, agri-business, power utilities, and the Wisconsin TV network as well as over 40 other radio and TV stations nationwide.
Nelson was appointed executive vice president of Weather Central in 1979 and supervised a staff of 14 meteorologists. While in Madison, he partnered with fellow meteorologist, Terry Kelly, in devising one of the first weather computers for television!
From 1979 through 1984, Mike installed many Weather Central systems and trained some of the legends of TV weather on their first computers. A few familiar names include; Al Roker, Gary England and Stormy Rottman. The Weather Central system remains the most widely used television weather graphics system in the world.
In 1985, Mike and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he served as Chief Meteorologist at KMOV-TV until 1991.
While in St. Louis, Mike was a member of the American Meteorological Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorology and was one of six meteorologists that select candidates to receive the AMS Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting.
Prior to his position at 7NEWS, Nelson served as Chief Meteorologist for KUSA-TV from 1991 to 2004.
Mike has won 18 Emmy awards, including 15 for Best Weather Anchor. In 2001, he was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association as their "Citizen of the Year" for his volunteer work in Colorado schools.
Mike enjoys sharing his knowledge of the weather with young and old, visiting nearly 100 schools, clubs, and service organizations each year. His Tornado Dance is a much anticipated event!
Mike has also written two local best sellers about weather. His latest, "The Colorado Weather Almanac."