Even at a young age, Lee Ringer was fascinated by the weather. His interest in meteorology started when a tornado swept through his hometown of Newberry, South Carolina in 1984. That tornado was part of the Carolinas Outbreak that produced 24 tornadoes across South and North Carolina on March 28, 1984. Up until 2011, it was the largest tornado outbreak on record for the Carolinas.
Lee's broadcasting career began at radio station WKDK-AM in his hometown. He worked there while attending high school and college. He graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a bachelor's degree in meteorology.
His first job in television was at KTRE in Lufkin, Texas. Lee was promoted to chief meteorologist there after working for one year as the weekend meteorologist.
After four years in East Texas, Lee returned home to the Carolinas. He started with Spectrum News in September 2005 as the weekend evening meteorologist, and has been the weekday morning meteorologist for the Triangle, Sandhills, and coastal North Carolina since 2007.
Lee has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. In 2013, he was named best weathercaster in the Carolinas by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas. He also received honorable mention for best weather in 2011 by the North Carolina Associated Press.
When Lee is not at work, he enjoys traveling, camping and hiking in the North Carolina mountains, and pulling for the NC State Wolfpack.