• Mike Bettes is a storm chaser and meteorologist born in 1972 in Tallmadge, Ohio.
• His career began in 1988 when he worked for WSYX/WTTE as a weekend meteorologist.
• He is known for his work with The Weather Channel, NBC News and Weather Underground TV.
• Mike is married to his colleague from The Weather Channel, Allison Chinchar and they have a son, Landen Benjamin.
• His net worth is estimated at over $1 million, with an annual salary of close to $100,000.

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SpouseAllison Chinchar

Who is Mike Bettes?

Born Michael Bettes on the 9th January 1972, in Tallmadge, Ohio USA, he is a storm chaser and meteorologist, best known from working for The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia, coming to prominence in 2013 when he was one of several storm chasers struck by the EF5 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma. Luckily he went uninjured, but his photographer and driver weren’t that lucky.

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Mike Bettes Bio: Early Life and Education

Mike spent his childhood in his hometown, and after matriculating enrolled at Ohio State University, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric sciences. Unfortunately, there isn’t any more information about Mike’s childhood, including the identity of his parents, and whether he has any siblings or not.

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Career Beginnings

As early as 1988 Mike found his first engagement, working for WSYX/WTTE as a weekend meteorologist, which lasted for ten full years before he was recruited by WLSO as a chief meteorologist. For the next five years he honed his skills, learning about his subject before he received a life-changing offer – a call from The Weather Channel, for which he became a field reporter. Gradually, his role at the channel increased, and from the field he was also moved indoors, but still had duties as a reporter. From 2006 to 2009 he was co-host of the “Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast” show, alongside Stephanie Abrams, and his hard work was further awarded when he was given the role of co-host of “Weather Center Live” in 2009, while from 2009 to 2014 he was correspondent and fill-anchor for “Wake Up With Al”.

Rise to Prominence

It was during these years that Mike reached prominence; as a special reporter and storm chaser, he was out and about during all the major storms that happened in the USA, such as in El Reno, Oklahoma, when he and his crew were caught in an EF5 tornado, which tossed their SUV 200 yards into a field. This incident made Mike quite popular in the US, and new offers came his way. He has remained on The Weather Channel but has a ton more work – he is the Morning Rush co-host, then “America Morning Headquarters” co-host and can be seen also on the Weather Underground TV.

In addition to his work for The Weather Channel, Mike is also assigned to NBC News and their “Today Show” as a fill-in weather anchor and special reporter, having been on the sightings of the Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and other storms, tropical cyclones, and floods, among other natural disasters.

Do You Know How Rich Mike Bettes Is?

Since launching his career, Mike has worked successfully for a number of TV stations, including NBC News and The Weather Channel. However, it is his work for the national stations that has significantly increased his wealth and popularity. So, have you ever wondered how rich Mike Bettes is, as of mid- 2018? Authoritative sources estimate that his net worth is now over $1 million, and that his annual salary is close to $100,000, which is quite impressive, don’t you think?

Do You Know About Mike’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Children?

Mike has been quite open about his personal life, sharing all the interesting details with his fans. He married Allison Chinchar in 2012 after several years of being in a relationship, and they have since welcomed a son, Landen Benjamin. Before Allison, Mike was married to his colleague from The Weather Channel Stephanie Abrams; the two tied the knot in 2000, but divorced after nine years. The two didn’t have any children together.

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Internet Popularity

Mike has become rather popular on social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, though he is also no stranger on Instagram. His official Twitter account has over 375,000 followers, and he has used this social media platform to promote his career, sharing pictures from the sets of The Weather Channel, but also informing of storms and tornadoes across the US, among many other posts. You can also find Mike on Facebook, on which he has over 80,000 followers, and has also used this network to share the newest happenings in the sky above the US. On the other hand, Mike has made Instagram a bit more personal, sharing details from his personal life, including time spent with his wife and child, among other posts that showcase his day life.

Mike Bettes Wife, Allison Chinchar

Now that we have shared all the major details about Mike, let’s share some information about Mike’s wife, Allison. Allison Chinchar was born on the 9th April 1984 in Mansfield, Ohio USA, and is a meteorologist who came to prominence thanks to her work for CNN and CNN International.

She expressed love for nature from an early age and liked to explore it, which led to her becoming close to animals. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and Meteorology in 2008. Before she started working for CNN, Allison was a part of several stations, including Buckeye TV, WTVC-TV News Channel 9, and WXIA TV, among others. Allison’s net worth is also estimated at over $1 million, as of mid- 2018.

General Info

Full NameMike Bettes
ProfessionTelevision presenter, Meteorologist
EducationOhio State University


SpouseAllison Chinchar
ChildrenTallmadge Bettes, Ohio Bettes


TV ShowsAbrams & Bettes Beyond the Forecast, America's Morning Headquarters, Weather Center Live

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Weather Underground2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2014TV SeriesHimself - The Weather Channel Meteorologist
Weather Caught on Camera2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Substitute Weather Anchor
Tornado Chasers2014TV SeriesHimself
Dangerous Day Ahead2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today2013TV SeriesHimself - Substitute Weather Anchor
Your Weather Today with Abrams and Bettes2009TV SeriesHimself

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Storm Chasing: The Anthology2016DocumentaryHimself

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