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Mike Buresh

Mike Buresh
Mike Buresh
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Updated: 3/21 9:52 pm
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Mike is a self-professed weather"holic". His fascination with weather developed at a very young age while growing up in rural Iowa.  As early as the second grade, Mike was drawing weather maps and as his mom said: "always looking at the sky".  His passion continues to this day: Mike eats, drinks, breathes and sleeps weather or as he likes to call it "All the Weather, All the Time"!

He began his college education at Oklahoma University where, besides studying, he also storm chased and worked at the National Weather Service. Mike continued his education at Iowa State University where he graduated in 1987. Shortly after graduating Mike earned the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" and has also achieved his Certification for Broadcast Meteorologist which certifies that Mike meets specific educational and experience criteria and has passed rigorous testing in his knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences needed to be an effective broadcast meteorologist.

Buresh began his television meteorology career at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa then moved on to WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to the First Coast.

Mike was a member of the CBS47 News at 11 team which won the Edward R. Murrow award for "Best Newscast" in Florida and Georgia in 2006 and again in 2013 and is part of the Action News team that was awarded the 2012 Emmy Award for "Overall News Excellence". Since 2006, Mike and his First Alert Weather team have been rated as "Most Accurate" in the Jacksonville television market according to the independent service "WeatheRate".  If you would like the most accurate Chief Meteorologist to visit your school, club or civic organization, E-mail Mike ». Mike is also an active member of the Jacksonville Salvation Army Advisory Board.

In my backyard in Toledo, Iowa checking out a rudimentary but useful anemometer & wind vane.
In my backyard in Toledo, Iowa checking out a rudimentary but useful anemometer & wind vane.
He has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, Asia, Central and South America, Galapagos Islands and twice to Africa.

When Mike isn't forecasting your weather he enjoys golf, basketball, football, swimming, water skiing, the beach, reading, community outreach and, most of all, spending time with his lovely wife, daughters and "best friend", Opie, the dog.

Mike is an avid writer and has a large following in the blog-o-sphere -- "Buresh Blog" and "Talking the Tropics With Mike" (hurricane season June 1st-Nov. 30th only).  A few of his more popular & often read posts can be found here - "A Very Personal Journey: My Mother's Battle With Cancer" ... here - Storm chasing: some personal thoughts & experiences ... here - "A Discussion of a Nor'easter & Supercell Storm".
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