Tom has been a broadcast meteorologist since 2012 and he says that each year in this business has been better than the last.
Before joining Spectrum News North Carolina in December 2020, he was chief meteorologist at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee. He grew up on Long Island in Glen Head, New York and first moved to Raleigh in 2007 when he started attending North Carolina State University to study meteorology.
While earning his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from N.C. State, he fell in love with broadcasting through multiple internships and classes, including a semester here at Spectrum News North Carolina when it was known as News 14 Carolina.
It was during a tornado outbreak in North Carolina on April 16, 2011 when his perspective on the weathercaster’s role was forever changed. It was when meteorologists in Raleigh shared life-saving information on that tragic April day that he gained a stronger appreciation for the important role that weathercasters have in their communities. He has used these experiences to hone his skills as a broadcast meteorologist by drawing in viewers with engaging weather stories and a captivating conversation about our weather each day.
In addition to working on television, he’s also passionate about science and technology. He is “FAA Certified” with a Part 107 Remote Pilot License and has enjoyed taking his drone pilot skills around the country and world.
Before the pandemic, he would spend roughly 100 hours per year in the classroom too, volunteering his free time to speak to students ranging from preschool to college about meteorology and severe weather safety. He looks forward to the day when he can return to teaching students in person. If you’d like him to attend your class virtually in the meantime, send him an email at Thomas.Meiners@charter.com and don’t forget to follow him on social media at @tommeinerstv!
Tom is married to his wife, Evan. They have one daughter who was born in June of 2019.