2024 National Weatherperson of the Year

Mike Buresh

Chief Meteorologist - Action News JAX - WJAX, WFOX

2024 Winner Mike Buresh

Mike Buresh

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH) named Mike Buresh, Chief Meteorologist, Action News JAX - WJAX, WFOX, as the 2024 National Weatherperson of the Year (NWP). This annual accolade acknowledges weather professionals who exhibit exemplary leadership in advocating for disaster safety and resilience.

The 2024 winner describes himself as not just a weather expert but a "weatherholic" whose lifelong passion for meteorology began in his early years in rural Iowa.

The award committee cited Mike's enduring support of the resilience cause as central to his selection.

After graduating from Iowa State University in 1987, Mike earned the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" and has gained a reputation for his precise and timely weather forecasts. His career highlights include providing accurate warnings and tracking information for weather events, including tornadoes, waterspouts, floods, and local tropical cyclones.

The NWP award committee cited Mike's enduring support of the resilience cause as central to his selection. As with previous honorees, his commitment to strengthening homes and safeguarding families aligns with his role as a trusted source of information during severe weather events. Thousands of Jacksonville area residents commented on his commitment to keeping them informed and prepared for weather of all kinds.

"It is with great honor that we recognize Mike for his dedication to his viewers and the advancement of weather awareness and education," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. "His tireless efforts to ensure community safety in the face of severe weather are truly commendable. We congratulate Mike and all of our outstanding 2024 National Weatherperson of the Year finalists who serve the public with unwavering excellence every day, especially during hurricane season."

The 2024 finalists included Dr. Phil Klotzbach, Research Scientist - Colorado State University (CSU); Bryan Norcross, Meteorologist and Hurricane Specialist - FOX Weather; Nicondra Norwood, Meteorologist - FOX 8 WVUE; and William (Bill) Read, Meteorologist and former Director - National Hurricane Center.

Nominators cited the finalists for outstanding leadership through standout forecasting, education, and life-saving information during extreme weather events. All received high marks from award voters for their contributions to the cause of disaster safety and resilience.

The National Weatherperson of the Year award coincides with the celebration of National Weatherperson's Day on February 5, the birthday of the pioneering weather observer John Jeffries. Jeffries' work in the 1780's paved the way for many aspects of meteorology today.

Finalists and winners are selected based on qualitative evaluation and public polling.

Previous Award Winners

Matthew Cappucci

2023

Matthew Cappucci

Meteorologist, MyRadar, Capital Weather Gang, and FOX5 DC

Matthew Cappucci

2023

Matthew Cappucci

Meteorologist, MyRadar, Capital Weather Gang, and FOX5 DC

Ken Graham

2022

Ken Graham

Director, National Weather Service

Ken Graham

2022

Ken Graham

Director, National Weather Service

Ginger Zee

2021

Ginger Zee

Chief Meteorologist, ABC News

Ginger Zee

2021

Ginger Zee

Chief Meteorologist, ABC News

Joe Snedeker

2020

Joe Snedeker

Morning Meteorologist, WNEP Newswatch 16, Scranton, PA

Joe Snedeker

2020

Joe Snedeker

Morning Meteorologist, WNEP Newswatch 16, Scranton, PA

James Spann

2019

James Spann

Chief Meteorologist, ABC 33/40, Birmingham, AL

James Spann

2019

James Spann

Chief Meteorologist, ABC 33/40, Birmingham, AL

Ada Monzón

2018

Ada Monzón

Chief Meteorologist, AMS Fellow - CBM, WIPR-TV, Puerto Rico

Ada Monzón

2018

Ada Monzón

Chief Meteorologist, AMS Fellow - CBM, WIPR-TV, Puerto Rico

Dr. Richard Knabb

2017

Dr. Richard Knabb

Hurricane Expert & Tropical Program Manager, The Weather Channel

Dr. Richard Knabb

2017

Dr. Richard Knabb

Hurricane Expert & Tropical Program Manager, The Weather Channel

Alex Garcia

2016

Alex Garcia

Chief Meteorologist, KABB-TV, San Antonio, TX

Alex Garcia

2016

Alex Garcia

Chief Meteorologist, KABB-TV, San Antonio, TX

Max Mayfield

2015

Max Mayfield

Former Director, National Hurricane Center

Max Mayfield

2015

Max Mayfield

Former Director, National Hurricane Center

Jim Cantore

2014

Jim Cantore

On-Camera Meteorologist and Co-Host, "AMHQ", The Weather Channel

Jim Cantore

2014

Jim Cantore

On-Camera Meteorologist and Co-Host, "AMHQ", The Weather Channel

Eligibility and Nomination Details

Qualified nominees must be practicing, former, or retired meteorologists or weatherpersons.

Nominees' qualifying service may include public, private, or nonprofit organizations, including academic institutions, broadcast networks, digital companies, government agencies, or other entities.

Nominations should detail how the weatherperson helps save lives and protect property through disaster safety and resilience messaging, including targeted programs, public service, or outreach initiatives. Nominators should highlight actions that advance the cause of safety and building performance in the face of weather disasters like floods, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and wildfires, or other natural hazards like earthquakes and tsunamis.

The NWP award judges will announce and open voting for finalists at 08:00 AM EST on December 18, 2023. Votes for finalists must be received here no later than Midnight EST on January 11, 2024 and the winner will be announced at 14:45 PM EST on February 2, 2024.