Ryan Wichman - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

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!

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