Jay Trobec

Unlike my colleagues – who claim they decided on a weather career during childhood – I started my television career very differently. I was a sportscaster in North Dakota, and then moved to KELO to work in the news department in 1985. I moved into the weather department full-time in the 1990s.

One of the most rewarding parts of my work as Chief Meteorologist is that I have been able to participate in professional organizations nationally and internationally. I have presented numerous talks at meetings of the European Meteorological Society and the “Forum International de la Météo et du Climat” in Paris. I have attended world conferences in Europe and at the United Nations, and have testified before the Commerce committee of the U.S. Senate.

I am currently the chairman of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology, based in Dublin, Ireland. Previously I served as Commissioner on Professional Affairs for the American Meteorological Society for six years. It was my job to keep track of the certification programs for the 13-thousand member Society, as well as oversee the Board of Broadcast Meteorology, the Board of Certified Consulting Meteorologists, the Board for Private Sector Meteorologists, the Board for Operating Government Meteorologists, the Board for Early Career Professionals, and the Board for Continuing Professional Development. In that role, I have been interviewed by several major newspapers and have appeared on television in a few foreign countries. It was a lot of work and sometimes got a little stressful, but I consider myself fortunate to have worked with some of the best and brightest minds in meteorology.

I also enjoy teaching, and have taught Physical Climatology and Meteorology at SDSU. In my spare time, you’ll find me watching, playing, and refereeing soccer.

My formal credentials include the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and Certified Consulting Meteorologist designations from the American Meteorological Society, and National Weather Association Broadcast Seal of Approval. My diplomas are from St. John’s University (B.A.), Mississippi State University (M.A.), and South Dakota State University (Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Environmental, and Water Resources).


Television Emmy Awards: “Individual Excellence – Weather Anchor,” National Television Academy, Upper Midwest Chapter, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2004 and 2001. Emmy Award for “Best Weathercast” in 2010. Additional weather anchor and weathercast Emmy nominations in 2018, 2015, 2014 (2), 2013, 2011 (2), 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2002.

“Best Weathercast,” medium market, Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association (formerly NBNA). First place 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001, 1999, and 1998; Award of Merit 2014, 2013, 2010, 2004, 2003 and 2000.

“Best Weathercast,” South Dakota Associated Press, First place 2004, 2000, and 1999.

“Broadcaster of the Year,” National Weather Association, 2001.

“Award for Excellence in Meteorological Broadcasting,” International Association of Broadcast Meteorology, 2011.

Named “Fellow of the American Meteorological Society,” 2014

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