- WPTZ-TVChief Meteorologist
Tom received his degree in Business Economics from the College of Wooster in Ohio and then went on to study meteorology at the State University of New York at Oswego and Mississippi State.
Tom is a member of both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society and was among the first meteorologists in the country to earn the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist from the AMS.
Tom's weather is a perennial favorite in the Champlain Valley. His forecasts can also be heard on local radio stations WOKO, WKOL, WIZN, WBTZ, WJOY, and CKON.
He's earned honors from the Associated Press as well as loyal viewers, being named Best Meteorologist in the Seven Days readers' choice awards every year since they began. Tom's local weather reports have been seen nationwide on The Today Show, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Weather Channel and MSNBC.
Tom has reached out to area schools for years, visiting thousands of kids in their classrooms to talk about how the weather works. He frequently speaks to community organizations and has served as a high school commencement speaker as well as a motivational speaker for the United Way and area business groups. Through the years, Tom has worked with the American Heart Association, Share with a Hungry Neighbor, D.A.R.E, Make-a-Wish and the Alzheimer's Association. He is also the official meteorologist for ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington's state-of-the-art aquarium and science center.
While Tom is known for forecasting round-the-clock during weather events in the Northeast, he has also traveled to cover extreme weather in other parts of the country. After braving the winds and rains of Hurricane Francis in Florida, chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma, and enduring what's been called "the worst weather in the world" at the top of Mount Washington, Tom is happy to be settled on the shores of Lake Champlain, where he lives with his wife and two children.
You can catch Tom's WeatherPlus forecasts weeknights on First at Five, 5:30 Now and on NewsChannel 5 at 6 and 11 p.m.
Follow Tom on Twitter @TomMessner