Updated On: Jan 30 2014 02:22:02 PM CST
Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister eats, sleeps and breathes weather. He is always tracking storms to keep our viewers ahead of the weather in Southern Colorado. High plains blizzards, light snow that creates icy roads... downslope wind storms in the winter to gusty thunderstorms in the summer... lightning, wind chills, hail and tornadoes - he works to much!
Matt has won multiple awards for his coverage of weather in southern Colorado:
- Associated Press Best Weathercast: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Colorado Broadcasters Association Best Meteorologist: 2011
- Colorado Broadcasters Association Broadcast Citizen of the Year: 2011
Matt has also won numerous other local "Best of" awards:
- Colorado Springs Independent Best Local TV News Personality: 2012, 2013
- Colorado Springs Independent Best Local Twitterer: 2012
- Colorado Springs Gazette Best TV News Hottie: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Matt's work history includes the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. There he researched thunderstorm initiation, growth and dissipation as part of the automated forecasting and tracking system called the NCAR Thunderstorm AutoNowcaster. This system was deployed to Sydney, Australia and was used to forecast thunderstorms during the Summer Olympic Games in 2000. Matt's work centered on surface-based wind shift lines and outflow boundaries and their roles in developing and strengthening thunderstorms. Matt says this helps him now because, "during the summer months, our thunderstorms may collapse and produce an outflow boundary with rain cooled air that acts like a mini cold front. These can generate new storms. Our usually dry lower atmosphere makes these outflow boundaries very common from about mid June through early September. We have storms almost everyday and you'll usually hear me talk about these outflows as we track storms across the region."
In fact, all of Matt's education and professional experience resides along the Front Range. In addition to NCAR in Boulder, before coming to Colorado Springs he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics. Matt was then hired as the weekend meteorologist at KGWN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming before arriving at NewsChannel 13 in September of 2001 as the weekend meteorologist. In April of 2005 Matt was promoted to the weekday evening meteorologist and later in the year became the Chief Meteorologist. In October of the same year Matt was the first meteorologist in southern Colorado to be recognized as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society.
Matt has been stuck at the fire station in Falcon during a blizzard but his two most memorable moments in southern Colorado weather involve tornadoes. He shares, "On August 9th of 2004 I video taped 3 tornadoes, and almost a 4th, just northeast of Colorado Springs. The other twister, and something I'll remember until I die, was tracking the Holly tornado. I was the only one on live on the air for the first 20 minutes of the tornado's life and remember feeling a pit in my stomach when we first learned there were serious injuries and possible fatalities. Close family friends on my wife's side live in Holly and their house was destroyed by the tornado...I'll always wonder if there is more I could have done that may have saved the two lives that were lost during that tragic storm."
Matt lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Misty and his two children. He enjoys cooking, playing guitar and piano, any and all things sports and loves to ski on the world class slopes in Colorado.