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Meteorologist Kevin Craig joined FOX 17 in 2001. He is one of only a few in the state that have earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. Kevin started his broadcast career in 1993 at WCAR radio in Detroit as a board operator and part time news anchor. He continued in radio news as an anchor/reporter for the next three years in northwest Ohio until taking his first television job in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was a TV news reporter/anchor for about a year when the opportunity came up to fill-in for the weather department. Kevin became the morning weather anchor and science reporter at WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois in 1996. He was hired as the morning weather anchor in Madison, Wisconsin in 1998 at WKOW-TV and a private forecasting firm called Weather Central. Kevin started taking classes at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and through Mississippi State University in their broadcast meteorology program. He received his meteorological certification in 2003 with highest honors and is just a few credits short of obtaining a master’s in Geosciences. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Communications from Wayne State University in Detroit. Kevin functioned as the weekend meteorologist for FOX 17 for almost 15 years. He then moved in to the Midday/4PM/5PM shift in 2015. In March of 2018 he was promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist! He has filled-in on all shifts, produces graphics, conducts school presentations, and has produced upbeat, fun, and informative personal feature reports in his signature series West Michigan Stories. The series ran for about four years from 2012 to 2016. His weather forecasts on FOX 17 are typically high energy, informative, and educational. Kevin says “if I can’t be excited about giving the forecast, how can I expect people to be excited about watching it?” He was the longest running weekend anchor on any West Michigan station in news, sports, or weather…and is the longest, most tenured TV anchor at FOX 17 having been with the station for more than 17 years. He has reported on everything from Superstorm Sandy, to 20-foot waves on Lake Michigan, tornadoes and severe storms, lightning strikes, blizzards, flooding, ice storms, drought, and a host of other news-related items. Originally from the Detroit area, he loves to spend time at the lake, on the beach, on the boat, and is self taught on both the guitar and piano.
Something you might not know about him? He was responsible for training Ginger Zee as an intern at FOX 17 before she was eventually hired as the main meteorologist for Good Morning America.

Recent Articles
  • NWS damage survey reveals no tornado

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI. — At least two damage survey teams from the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids were out and about West Michigan on Thursday following the severe weather that blasted through the area on Wednesday evening. Their conclusion? Straight line winds, not a tornado did the damage. While a tornado warning was in effect for parts of Kent County (including the Grand Rapids metro area) and Ionia County, their survey concluded that damaging, straight line winds between 65 […]

  • Storm boundaries intersect and spawn widespread damage

    WEST MICHIGAN – Widespread strong to severe storms ripped through West Michigan Wednesday afternoon and evening with torrential rain, extensive lightning, golfball size hail, and damaging straight line winds. In fact, there may have been one or more tornadoes from Grand Rapids, to Ada, to Lowell, and further south/east into Ionia and northern Eaton Counties. Let’s examine what happened! Meteorologists commonly look at velocity data on Doppler radar. This allows us to see how strong the winds may be, and […]

  • Don’t count summer out yet!

    WEST MICHIGAN — With the last few days feeling a bit like fall, and more of that type of weather over the next few days, some might feel that summer is down for the count and over. I say…not necessarily so fast. You’ll recall that just two years ago in 2017 during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, we had some of our hottest days of the season in mid September. From the 21st through the 26th we recorded temperatures well into […]

  • Lake Michigan to be hazardous on Tuesday

    WEST MICHIGAN — While we have the threat of some strong to severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and early evening, we’ll also have a wind field that will generate some significant hazards on the big lake. Winds are expected to ramp up by the afternoon from the southwest at about 15 to 30 knots with higher gusts. That means the south side of piers/jetties will not be safe, and frankly, waves will likely be topping the structures, so stay off them. […]

  • Textbook supercell and rotating wall cloud in Newaygo County

    WEST MICHIGAN — It’s not often that we see a classic severe weather cloud formation in our state, but one appeared with the Thursday evening storms. The cloud was reported by a weather spotter to the National Weather Service and was snapped by Danae Curtis between Newaygo and Grant in southern Newaygo County. At the time, radar was showing rotation in velocity mode and there was a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING in place with the possibility of a tornado. The cloud, […]

  • High beach hazard risk and small craft advisories continue on Lake Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — A high beach hazard risk and small craft advisories for boaters remain in effect on Lake Michigan through Wednesday. Swimming is NOT advised and mariners will see rough conditions with waves reaching 5 to 7 feet. See graphic below. Winds will be on the order of 15 to 25 knots from the west. Lake Michigan water temperatures are generally in the 60s. Additionally, all lakeshore counties remain under a Lakeshore Flood Advisory for high water levels and […]

  • Funnels reported from Eaton to Ionia County

      WEST MICHIGAN — At least two funnels, perhaps more were witnessed and reported from folks in two different West Michigan counties Tuesday evening. We had reports of a funnel around the Sunfield area in Eaton County, and another around Portland in eastern Ionia County. While many people commonly mistake these for tornadoes, they were not of that variety. There were a few showers producing heavy rain scattered across these counties in the early evening, but severe weather was not […]

  • High beach hazard risk on Lake Michigan Monday

    WEST MICHIGAN — Ahead of our next cold front arriving later Monday, strong southwest winds will kick up at around 15 to 25 knots over Lake Michigan. That means from South Haven northward on Monday, there is a HIGH BEACH HAZARD RISK and swimming is NOT advised. We also have SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES in effect for boaters/mariners. Waves are expected to be in the 3 to 5 foot range a majority of the day, then taper to 2 to 4 […]

  • Weekend storms officially classified as ‘derecho’

    WEST MICHIGAN — According to NOAA and the Storm Prediction Center, our Friday night/Saturday morning storms this past weekend are now being classified as a derecho (pronounced dur-ray-cho). If that name sounds familiar to West Michigan, it should. The last significant derecho event we had was in 1998 when 110 to 130 mph winds came screaming across Lake Michigan early in the morning on May 31. Those winds slammed the lakeshore and much of our area. Read more on that […]

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