Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. A certified broadcast meteorologist and AMS fellow, Jim is known for his live reporting during the biggest weather events of the last 30 years. From Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and Michael (nearly 100 tropical systems to date) to tornadoes in Moore and Joplin and major snowstorms across the country, Jim Cantore is a leading weather authority and helps make The Weather Channel the source for all severe weather coverage. Cantore is well-known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.
As Weather’s storm tracker, Cantore reports tirelessly before, during and after weather events, providing live reports and insights for the network. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on “AMHQ,” weekdays from . He has also served as a contributor to NBC programs such as “Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “TODAY,” as well as for all major network affiliates nationwide.
A native of White River Junction, VT, Cantore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, VT), where he returns each year to work with students in the meteorology program. The Weather Channel hired Cantore out of college and he first appeared on air in July 1986.
Jim was inducted into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center Hall of Fame in February 2013, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter. In 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. In 2018, Jim was presented with an honorary doctorate from Lyndon State College and was inducted to the Weather Hall of Fame at the National Weather Museum and Science Center in Norman, OK.
Jim is a sought-after speaker and serves as a celebrity ambassador for FLASH, and the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, and the need for better building codes, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather.
When he’s not covering the weather, Cantore’s passion for the outdoors is equally evident in his leisure activities especially on the lake, which he enjoys with his two children. He is an avid skier, golfer and gardener and makes his home in the Atlanta area. Cantore is an active supporter and participater in functions for several charities, including FRAXA, the National Fragile X Foundation, and TEAM Cantore for Parkinson’s research.