Ryan Wichman

Hi! I joined WTOL in March 2011, coming from a television station in Quincy, Illinois.  Working in Toledo is not far from home for me.  I grew up just down the road in Bowling Green. I am the evening meteorologist for WTOL 11 News on Saturday and Sunday. I also do the weather for WTOL 11 News at Noon early in the week and I co-host WTOL 11 Your Day. It would be hard to know it now but I was completely scared of storms when I was a kid. Thunderstorms would have me diving for cover.  That fear eventually turned into a fascination, and by the time I hit grade school,  I knew I wanted to be a 'weatherman' when I grew up! The dream of becoming a meteorologist took me to Western Illinois University after high school.  Calculus, physics and dynamic meteorology classes soon took over my life.  But what I enjoyed the most was making and delivering a forecast.  Working at the campus television station eventually landed me my first job in Quincy. It was the time spent in Illinois that I discovered my favorite hobby, storm chasing.   In the last few years, I have traveled as far as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas chasing the worst weather I could find. The biggest chase I have been on was near Wakita, OK (Yes, that is the same town listed in the movie 'Twister' if you look it up.) in May 2010, safely getting within a half mile of an EF-3 tornado.  But I don't simply chase to find tornadoes.  The sheer strength and beauty of storms alone would keep me traveling to 'Tornado Alley' year after year. With that experience, I am a meteorologist you can depend on when severe weather threatens the area. Besides storm chasing, I enjoy spending time outside, playing sports, biking, camping, anything to get some fresh air in the lungs!

Recent Articles by Ryan

  Off The Radar: Episode 34 Beanboozled Turkey!

Thursday: Wintry Mix Returns

November Chill Continues: First Alert Days Ahead

Off The Radar - Episode 33: Snow Way!

First Alert Day: Election Day Tuesday

First Alert Day: Election Day With Snow Chances Ahead!

Off The Radar: Episode 32: 4 Things Coming In November

Miss out on Sunday Night’s Weather Hangout? Watch here

Lake Erie Temperature Dropping Quickly

Trick Or Treat Outlook

Monday dry ahead of rainy week

Off The Radar Ep. 31: Ben Franklin and Bold Predictions

Expect breezy day Tuesday, weekend showers

Sunny but chilly days this week

Off The Radar Ep. 30: Seasonal ch-ch-ch-anges!

Off The Radar: Episode 29 - Frosty!

New technology helps monitor algae bloom

Satellite images show low-concentration algae bloom on lake

Final data being gathered for algae bloom forecast

NOAA publishes first official forecast for 2018