Mike Nelson joined Denver7 in June 2004 as Chief Meteorologist. Prior to his position at KMGH, Nelson served as Chief Meteorologist for KUSA-TV from 1991 to 2004.
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, Nelson partnered with fellow meteorologist, Terry Kelly, in devising a computer weather graphics system for television. This system, called LIVELINE, remains the most widely used television weather graphics system in the world; over 500 TV stations use this system.
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.
Mike has won 14 Emmy awards for Outstanding 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 a local best seller, "The Colorado Weather Almanac."