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Mike Reader

Mike Reader began his career in television in 1983 as weekend weathercaster at WLOX. In 1988 he retired from the U.S. Navy and was given the additional duties of covering morning weather at the station. In 1989 he was promoted to Chief Meteorologist.

Mike as been working in weather for more than 30 years. He started his career in the U.S. Navy in 1968. During a 20 year career in the Navy he forecasted and observed weather around the world.

One of his most challenging assignments was with the Hurricane Hunters. He flew into numerous storms, collecting the data that the National Hurricane Center used to issue their forecasts.

While at WLOX as a meteorologist, Mike has worked three hurricanes that hit South Mississippi; Hurricane Elena in 1985, Hurricane Georges in 1998 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the first two of those storms the eye of the hurricanes passed directly over the television station.

Mike Reader is the only meteorologist on the Gulf Coast that has been forecasting weather for more than 30 years. He's qualified as an in-flight hurricane observer. Mike has his certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. His weathercast has received the American Meteorological Society's seal of approval.

Mike has been married for more than 35 years and has one son and three grandchildren.

You can e-mail mike at mreader@wlox.com.

Read more about Mike in Off the Air with Mike Reader.

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