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Michael "Mike" Phillip Seidel (born January 18, 1956) is an Americanmarker meteorologist who works for the The Weather Channel. He is most noted for his reporting live at the site of hurricanes and snowstorms. Seidel first appeared on air at The Weather Channel in March 1992.

Early career

Seidel's interest in weather started at a young age. He worked for five local radio stations during high school and college, including WJDY-AM in Salisbury, Marylandmarker, WDMV-AM in Pocomoke Citymarker, WSUX-FM in Seaford, Delaware, and WKHI-FM in Ocean City, Marylandmarker. After graduating from Wicomico Senior High School, he earned a B.S. from Salisbury State College, (now Salisbury University) in Mathematics. Immediately afterwards, he started his television career with WMDTmarker, an ABC affiliate, in 1980. He earned his Master's Degree in Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State Universitymarker, and wrote his thesis under Dr. Greg Forbes, now The Weather Channel's severe weather expert. While at Penn State he appeared on Weather World on The Pennsylvania Public Television Network.

His first full-time TV job was at WYFFmarker-TV, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, South Carolinamarker, where he was employed from 1983 to 1989. He then returned to his hometown of Salisbury in 1989 to work as Chief Meteorologist for top-rated WBOC-TVmarker, the local CBS affiliate. He remained there until March 1992, when he left for The Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel

Seidel covered his first storm, which was Hurricane Edouard, on Labor Day Weekend in 1996 on Cape Codmarker. Since then he has covered more than forty tropical storms and hurricanes, Nor'easters, numerous snow and ice storms and has also reported live from the PGA Tour, the All-Star Game and World Series and The Indianapolis 500marker. Since 2002, he has hosted the National Football League Kickoff Forecast every Sunday morning through Super Bowl Sunday at various outdoor NFL venues.

While at The Weather Channel, he has appeared on numerous network news programs, including NBC's The Today Show and NBC Nightly News, CBS's The Early Show, The CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC's Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and World News Now. Seidel has also reported live from breaking weather on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel. He filled in for Tony Perkins on ABC's Good Morning America in 2003 and for Al Roker on NBC's The Today Show in 2009.

Personal life

Seidel has been married to the former Christine Schroder since 1994. They have two children, Sam and Zoe.


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