John Wheeler

John Wheeler

Meteorologist

John Wheeler is Chief Meteorologist for WDAY, a position he has had since May of 1985. Wheeler grew up in the South, in Louisiana and Alabama, and cites his family's move to the Midwest as important to developing his fascination with weather and climate. Wheeler lived in Wisconsin and Iowa as a teenager. He attended Iowa State University and achieved a B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1984. Wheeler worked about a year at WOI-TV in central Iowa before moving to Fargo and WDAY..

Wheeler covers weather for WDAY TV and radio, as well as for The Forum and for inforum.com. Most meteorologists find stormy and extreme weather fascinating and Wheeler is no exception, but his biggest interest is severe winter weather.

The water temperature of Lake Superior is the coolest in nearly 25 years.
Lightning strikes somewhere on Earth around 30 times a second.
Earth has undergone a sequence of glacial advances and warm periods the last 2.7 million years.
This is not early for leaves to change color.
Severe weather is not as frequent as earlier in the summer because the upper level winds are weaker.
Because the angle of the sun varies with latitude, the length of the twilight period also varies.
In recent weeks, the strength and position of the jet stream has favored very little storm activity.
This warm blob has been created by a large region of high pressure in the atmosphere.
The West African Monsoon season is likely to start generating large tropical waves.
Air is not heated up very much by sunlight.