- 1 Who is Jim Cantore?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Destined to Be a Meteorologist
- 3 Career Beginnings: The Internship at The Weather Channel
- 4 Live Field Coverage of Hurricanes
- 5 An Omnipresent Rockstar Meteorologist
- 6 Innovations in the Field of Meteorology
- 7 Going Viral
- 8 Personal Life: Does Jim Cantore Have a Girlfriend? Who is His Ex-wife Tamra Cantore?
- 9 Body Measurements: How Tall is Jim Cantore?
- 10 Net Worth: How Rich is Jim Cantore?
- 11 Social Media Presence
Who is Jim Cantore?
Born under the air sign of Aquarius on 16 February 1964, in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, James “Jim” D. Cantore is a 55-year-old American meteorologist. He is best known for his frequent appearances on The Weather Channel, on which he has worked since 1986. In his stellar career, Jim covered more than ten hurricanes by being right on the scene. Reporters and industry experts call him “the rockstar of meteorologists” due to his pizzaz and unique style of presenting. The Weather Channel reports sky-high viewership numbers whenever Cantore appears on air, making him a staple of America’s most renowned networks. People are quick to take a liking to him because he breaks down complex meteorological phenomena and explains them using layman’s terms, all the while retaining a flair for the dramatic. In recent years, he’s appeared in several viral videos which went on to become internet memes.
Early Life and Education: Destined to Be a Meteorologist
Jim was raised in White River Junction, Vermont by parents of unknown names and professions. As a child he would often stay glued to the TV for hours, watching the The Weather Channel. Documentaries about storms were his favorite, as he was fascinated by the science behind these destructive natural phenomena.
He attended an unspecified high school in Vermont, from where he matriculated in 1982. Afterwards, he attended Lyndon State College in Lyndon, Vermont, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in 1986. His college pals used to call him “Rocky”, which is most likely due to his love of mountain climbing and hiking. Some also speculate that he had hair akin to Sylvester Stallone’s in the “Rocky” movie franchise.
Career Beginnings: The Internship at The Weather Channel
After graduating from college, Jim applied for an internship at The Weather Channel; it was his dream job, so he was ready to do anything to earn a permanent position.
His superiors were impressed by his knowledge and curiosity, which lead to Cantore being hired the same day his internship period ended. At first, he was dispatched to report the weather situation in big cities, and how natural disasters impacted traffic on some of the country’s busiest highways. Jim stood out due to his fearlessness in the face of strong winds, as well as the ability to make witty puns. Whenever he was on air, more people tuned in than usual, so just a few years into his career, Jim was already a superstar. What became his trademark was the ability to break down various meteorological phenomena into simple terms, so even the youngest viewers could learn how hurricanes are formed, or how rain comes to be. As a result, Jim became a regular guest speaker at high schools and colleges, educating all those who harbored an interest in meteorology.
Live Field Coverage of Hurricanes
Over the course of his career, Jim has always been the first on the scene whenever a natural disaster occurs, regardless of the location. Since he is so eloquent and charismatic, The Weather Channel tasked him with the coverage of the following hurricanes: Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Andrew, Rita, Isabel, Floyd, Mitch, Bonnie, Sandy, Irene, Matthew and Irma. Whether it’s torrential rain or winds blowing at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, Jim is standing firm and informing the public about which precautions they must take. Because he’s always on the scene of various natural disasters, a saying was created – “If you see Jim Cantore on TV, run!”. This turned him into a meme in the early days of the internet.
Even though the majority of our SEVERE STORMS today will produce damaging wind and hail and there's a chance at a tornado or two with the right set up along and east of the Kansas Tpk.
Latest SPC wind and tornado probabilities below and with current radar MCS in NE. pic.twitter.com/liIDYdh6Nk
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) August 26, 2019
An Omnipresent Rockstar Meteorologist
Jim became so popular that he wasn’t just present when a hurricane occurred. The Weather Channel dispatched him to NFL games, the Winter X Games, PGA tour events and much more. When NBC Universal acquired TWC in early 2008, Cantore expanded his portfolio by being the narrator of “Storm Stories”, a documentary series which chronicles various manifestations of severe weather. With his recognizable and soothing voice, fans can learn a lot about history’s biggest tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. On an assignment from NBC, Cantore reported on the weather at the 2012 London Olympics. He also fills in for Al Roker on “The Today Show”. In the mid-2000s, Jim was so popular that a minor league hockey team, the Stockton Thunder, paid him to narrate their entrance video.
With spectacular sound effects in the background, you could hear him saying ‘Hello, this is meteorologist Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel; a special weather advisory has been issued for the Central Valley—a 100% chance of thunder.’
Innovations in the Field of Meteorology
Contrary to popular belief, Jim is much more than an eloquent television personality. During his early years at The Weather Channel, he helped create the Fall Foliage Forecast. This meteorological method uses weather quality, atmospheric conditions and several other variables to calculate the exact time when leaves change color in Autumn, on a yearly basis.
Tourist organizations, popular websites and many businesses use this special forecast. In 2002, Jim was the recipient of the David S. Johnson Award, for his breakthroughs in the use of satellite technology to correctly predict weather conditions; this prestigious accolade is known as the Nobel Prize of meteorology, and is awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
On 28 January 2014, Jim went viral during a weather segment on TWC. He was doing an on-location report near the College of Charleston campus in South Carolina, when a student named Colin Marcelli charged him with the intent to take him down to the ground. Without even budging, Jim casually kicked the prankster in the nether region and continued talking like nothing ever happened. Cantore didn’t stop his report for one second and was completely unfazed.
Videos of the attempted assault went viral on Twitter and YouTube, with people calling Jim “Iron Man”. People around the country praised this move, with one person commenting: ‘This guy has been handling hurricanes his entire career. One college punk ain’t [sic] nothing he can’t handle!’ This wasn’t the only time he was an internet sensation. On 10 October 2018, he was doing a report on Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach, Florida. While talking about the landfall, he had to dodge a large piece of lumber heading towards his head. Just like the previous time, Jim just ducked and continued talking like nothing ever happened. The video amassed over 500,000 views on Twitter in a matter of hours.
Personal Life: Does Jim Cantore Have a Girlfriend? Who is His Ex-wife Tamra Cantore?
Jim was married to Tamra Cantore (née Zinn) from 1990 to 2009 – the two met while they were working on The Weather Channel together. They have two children, a daughter named Christina, born in 1993, and a boy named Ben, who was born in 1995. Tamra was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the mid-2000s, while both of their kids have Fragile X syndrome, a hereditary genetic condition. Cantore is an active supporter of the Fragile X Foundation and several charities devoted to helping people with Parkinson’s live a better life. He is also one of the most prominent contributors of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, having appeared at events all around the U.S. In addition, Jim also serves as a celebrity cabinet member of the American Red Cross. Since 2010, he has been in a relationship with CNN reporter and anchor, Andrea Butera.
Body Measurements: How Tall is Jim Cantore?
Jim Cantore is 5ft 7in (170cm) tall. His weight and other measurements are currently unknown.
Net Worth: How Rich is Jim Cantore?
Jim Cantore has a net worth of $3.5 million, as of August 2019; his salary hasn’t been disclosed. He accumulated this wealth by being a staple of The Weather Channel for 33 total years. In addition to his many appearances on-air and during events such as the 2012 London Olympics, he has been involved in developing new methods of meteorological analysis. Some of his creations, such as the Fall Foliage Forecast, have entered global use in recent years.
Given the fact that he is still going strong, we can expect his net worth to increase even more in the near future.