I grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and came down to UWM to study Atmospheric Science in 2011. I enjoyed Milwaukee and UWM so much that I decided to stay here for graduate school, and successfully convinced my professors to let me into our Master's program. Another benefit of staying here is that I get to continue to work at Innovative Weather! My interest in weather didn't stem from a single, awesome weather event. I was actually afraid of thunderstorms as a child, but that meant that I spent a lot of time paying attention to the weather, and eventually developed an interest in meteorology. Maybe, given enough time, I will notice a similar transformation of my fear of spiders. When I'm not talking about the weather or quickly scanning every room I'm in for spiders, I spend my time playing the piano, eating bagels, and having long discussions about Game of Thrones - and not necessarily all at the same time.
I started an Innovative Weather as an Intern during the summer of 2015, and was operational by mid-September. I was born and raised in Sheboygan WI and have lived in WI all but one year of my life. I have been interested in weather for a very long time, ever since I was a kid I was teased by family members about being a weatherman when I grew up. I have always had an aptitude for math and science throughout my schooling, and although meteorology is a perfect fit, I didnít start college as an atmospheric science student. I started at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a biochemistry major intending on going to pharmacy school, but after a few bad experiences with professors and TAís, decided to transfer during the summer after my freshman year. I didnít originally look at UWM when I was in high school, and instead was leaning toward Valparaiso for meteorology, but it just so happened I had a place to live already lined up in Milwaukee, and my mom got sick that summer as well, so being able to visit every weekend was a major factor in my decision to go to UWM. I graduated in May 2016 from the UWM atmospheric science program, and have worked at Innovative Weather since. My free time away from weather is generally spent with my dog, playing games, being active outdoors, or watching/discussing sports as an avid Packer and Blackhawks fan.
I grew up in southeast Wisconsin where I have spent most of my life in Racine, a few years in Oconomowoc and my college years and after in Milwaukee. I love Wisconsin, all the seasons, and yes, I am that crazy person from the Midwest who doesnít mind the cold or the snow. I am a big sports fan, always rooting for the Packers and all other Wisconsin teams. Some fun facts about me is that I have been gold mining in Oregon, hiked 28 miles in the Grand Canyon, visited Dubai for two weeks, and toured around Europe for three weeks. I have been with Innovative Weather since May 2015 and during that summer I was a student volunteer with the National Weather Service at Milwaukee/Sullivan through the fall for 2015. While learning the ins and outs of operational forecasting I was training with the current IW programmer in the computer programming language, python. In April 2016 I became the Assistant Director of Programming as well as continuing with operational duties. I graduated with my bachelors in Atmospheric Science in May 2016 and continued with IW through February 2017. Then in March 2017 I moved to Houston to work for a marine weather forecasting company and being from Wisconsin, learning tropical weather has been a great learning opportunity and exciting new challenge. I still help out remotely with operations and with programming as needed. I canít say enough about what Innovative Weather has given me, this experience is priceless. In a very competitive field, the undergrad is not enough, you need the experience and the professionalism. IW made me competitive for National Weather Service jobs with only an undergrad degree and helped me grow personally. Also, being on WUWM NPR is super awesome. I canít thank this program enough.
Hi! I'm Alex Bukvich, an upperclassmen undergraduate who is still fairly new to Innovative Weather. I grew up in Brookfield, WI and, believe it or not, weather used to terrify me. I was so afraid of severe weather that, from the ages of 5 to 7, the word "tornado" had to be banned from our household! Even hear the word would send me into tears! Unsurprisingly, that fear subsided and I grew to be intrigued by severe weather. I certainly attribute my growing interest to my Dad, who is a weather junkie himself. Innovative Weather so far has been an unprecedented opportunity for me. Being a small program, there is an incredibly strong sense of community and improvement above all else. Innovative Weather undoubtedly is, and will be, a highlight of my education.
Living in Wisconsin, the weather was always on my mind. I have enjoyed seeing how the patterns change as the four seasonís progress. I have always been fascinated by storms, whether it be a thunderstorm or a snowstorm. Growing up in Manitowoc, I always anticipated how the lake would affect the weather. This further encouraged me to look into what causes this and how to better understand it. In May 2018, I will be receiving my B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Following graduation, I am hoping to pursue a career in operational meteorology either in broadcasting or in the private sector. I joined Innovative Weather as an intern in the spring of 2016. I started first by learning about the programming side of the company and am now moving toward a more operational standpoint. In addition to meteorology, I also enjoy model trains, traveling, and attending music concerts.
Like many others, my enthusiasm for weather began at a very young age. Growing up in central Minnesota, I had the luxury to experience the best of what the weather of each season had to offer: the pleasant beauty of spring in bud, raw power of summertime thunderstorms, radiant colors of fall foliage, and the blissful silence after a fresh winter snowfall. While all of the seasonal changes in Minnesota kept life interesting, what inspired me the most to pursue meteorology as a career was standing on my front porch with my dad during the summer as we would watch severe thunderstorms roll in and cracks of deafening thunder would shake our house. The feeling of pure awe that the strength of nature instilled in me lead me to learn more about how something so fascinating was even possible. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Saint Cloud State University in May of 2016 and started pursuing a masterís degree in Atmospheric Science at UWM in fall of 2016, with Innovative Weather being one of the deciding factors that lead me to Milwaukee for graduate school. From the experience I gain from school and Innovative Weather, I hope to eventually work for the National Weather Service and put my love of weather to good use in helping keep the public weather aware. When I am not thinking about the weather, I enjoy basketball, football, running, cooking, and brewing my own beer. So far, Milwaukee has been a wonderful place to live and I look forward to enjoying the rest of the time that I spend here.
I grew up in the small town of Bethel, CT with my parents and my three younger brothers and one younger sister and spent most of my life there before moving to Brockport, NY to attend SUNY College at Brockport to study Meteorology. I then moved to Milwaukee, WI to attend UWM in the Fall of 2016 to pursue my Masterís degree. My love of the weather somewhat stemmed from various events in my life. At one point I was almost struck by lightning, I experienced many large snowstorms, there was a brief touchdown of a tornado on my road as a child, and I experienced some of the effects of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, although I have loved weather most of my life. One thing I love more than anything, outside of meteorology, is sports. I love to play and watch just about every sport, including table tennis, badminton, tennis, and many others including all of the classic sports. My favorite teams are the Blackhawks, Raiders, Yankees, Knicks, and Manchester City with my favorite tennis player being Rafael Nadal and if I am not working on research or at Innovative Weather chances are that I am watching my favorite sports teams/player.
Growing up in Holland, MI along the western shore of Lake Michigan, I developed a fascination for Meteorology at a young age while watching strong thunderstorms pass over the lake. This fascination and dream to be a meteorologist then brought me to Mount Pleasant, MI where I attended Central Michigan University and graduated in the Spring of 2016 with a B.S. in Meteorology. Before finishing my degree however, I had the opportunity to spend a summer doing a Student Volunteer Internship program with the Grand Rapids National Weather Service office in the summer of 2015. During my time there, I had the privilege of practicing my operational forecasting skills, but more importantly I was able to talk with professionals about the vital importance of communication in meteorology. This internship was a major turning point for me in that it fueled my drive to be a better meteorologist through communication, because after all, what good is a forecast if you cannot communicate it effectively? Now as a graduate student with UW-Milwaukee studying to get my masterís degree in Atmospheric Science while also working at Innovative Weather, I get the opportunity to practice these communication skills through risk assessment forecasts for our partners, as well as on the radio with WUWM! Not only does Innovative Weather provide first hand operational forecasting experience for students, but we as undergraduate and graduate students get the opportunity to ďfail forewordĒ as we hone in on our skills while also gaining communication and leadership experience in a professional environment, and for that I am very grateful to have chosen UWM. In the meantime, when Iím not busy doing homework, research, or forecasting at IW, I enjoy spending time outdoors camping, playing tennis, and going to the beach and boating in the summertime, all of which Milwaukee offers
I grew up in a small town in south-central Minnesota and have been interested in weather from a pretty young age. My mom still remembers me coming home from school one day in first grade and going on and on about the types of clouds Ė apparently that was the first time I had been so excited about something we learned in school. I particularly remember being fascinated by lightning and watching it during car rides, which eventually led to always watching the severe weather warnings along the bottom of the TV screen and the updates that cut into TV shows. I frequently chose weather-related topics for school projects, and somewhere along the line I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist. I graduated from St. Cloud State University in May of 2016 with a B.S. in meteorology and moved to Milwaukee at the end of that summer to begin pursuing my masterís at UWM. Innovative Weather was a big factor in wanting to come here and I started interning at the end of January. So far Iím enjoying it and learning a lot, and hoping to eventually work for the National Weather Service. Outside of weather, I enjoy playing clarinet in UWMís University Community Orchestra, hanging out with friends and family, and cheering on the Twins and Vikings (sorry, Wisconsinites).
Originally from rural western Michigan, my passion for weather grew from my love of the outdoors. While out exploring, camping, fishing, and hunting with my dad I looked to the sky and asked myself why the weather was behaving the way it was. This curiosity brought me to Central Michigan University where I spent four years getting a degree in meteorology, while also building experience forecasting and more importantly finding the answers to my questions while also presenting new ones. Once I got my degree, I chose to continue and move to Milwaukee to get a masters in atmospheric sciences at UWM and join the crew here at Innovative Weather. After I graduate with my masters it is my hope to stick around and get my PhD to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. In my free time, I play basketball with my friends and explore the city, but I still find myself outdoors with my loved ones with my mind wandering somewhere in the clouds.
I grew up in Indianapolis, IN, where my curiosity for weather began in the garage, where my father and I would sit and watch storms blow into the area from strategically placed lawn chairs. I maintained a passion for all things science through each level of education, eventually obtaining my B.S. in mathematics education at Purdue University. After teaching math at the high school level for five years, I decided to return to school, on a pursuit of knowledge about the phenomena I witnessed in the garage many years ago. Now, Iím working towards my M.S. in atmospheric science at UWM, supplementing my theoretical classroom experiences with real world, hands-on experiences at Innovative Weather. When not working and/or studying, I enjoy spending time with my wife and dog. Running, biking, camping, etc. Really anything that allows us to be in nature together. Oh, and eating. We really love food!
When I was a little kid, all I wanted to be was a meteorologist. My aunt is a large reason as to why I love weather. When I was 2 years old, she would come over to babysit and we would watch thunderstorms roll in during the summer. That started my interest in weather, and ever since then my passion for weather grew, whether it was watching a snowstorm, or severe weather outbreak, storm chasing, or experiencing that pesky lake breeze Sheboygan is well known for. In 2011, I was further pushed into weather by the Super Outbreak of 2011. Watching the meteorologists work and report on the situation made me realize that was what I wanted to do what they were doing. I started college at UW-Sheboygan for the first year and a half to get my general studies out of the way before I came at UW-Milwaukee to continue my studies in Atmospheric Science. I am set to graduate with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science in May of 2018. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology or in the private sector. My interests outside of weather are in the sports world, whether its watching basketball or football or participating in pick-up games.