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Rick Mitchell Biography, Age, Wife, NBC 5 News And KOCO-TV

Rick Mitchell is an American journalist working as the Chief Meteorologist at NBC 5. He is normally seen on weekdays on NBC 5 First at Four and NBC 5 News at 10 p.m.

Rick Mitchell Biography

Rick Mitchell is an American journalist working as the Chief Meteorologist at NBC 5. He is normally seen on weekdays on NBC 5 First at Four and NBC 5 News at 10 p.m.

He attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his degree in meteorology. He also has a CBM seal from the American Meteorological Society. He has been married for more than 25 years and they have a son and a daughter.

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Rick Mitchell Wife

He is a married man and he has two kids, a son, and a daughter.

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Rick Mitchell Career | Rick Mitchell NBC 5 News

He joined NBC 5 News in August 2012. Rick is usually on NBC 5 First at Four and NBC 5 News at 10 pm. Before coming to NBC 5, he was the chief meteorologist at KOCO-TV, Oklahoma City since 1994.

Rick was responsible for covering some of the most intense storms including several tornado outbreaks, flooding, blizzards, and wildfires. He was a weather forecaster at WOI-TV situated in Des Moines, IA, and at AccuWeather based in State College.

Mitchell has received several awards for his severe weather forecasting experiences from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press.

His team at KOCO-TV was recognized by then Oklahoma governor, Frank Keating. This was after their exceptional work of covering the EF-5 tornado back in May, 199 in Oklahoma City.

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Rick Mitchell Interview

Meet your meteorologist: 10 questions with NBC5’s Rick Mitchell

For more than six years, Rick Mitchell has been forecasting the weather for KXAS-TV (NBC5).

Before going to NBC5, he spent nearly 18 years at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. And before that, he was forecasting at WOI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mitchell graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in meteorology. Today he’s NBC5’s chief meteorologist, broadcasting weekdays at 4 and 10 p.m.

We caught up with Mitchell to learn more about him and what’s in store for Dallas-Fort Worth this winter.

What’s the craziest story you’ve ever covered?

Covering weather in Oklahoma, I covered a lot of tornadoes. I covered several EF-4 tornadoes and about two or three EF-5s. But the most intense tornado I’ve covered was on May 3, 1999.

It started near Moore, Okla., and moved toward areas of Oklahoma City. It was one of the strongest tornadoes on record with recorded wind speeds of up to 316 mph. It was an intense tornado both in terms of its intensity, but also because it was on the ground for about an hour and a half to two hours.

[The 1999 Moore tornado killed 36 people and left more than 580 people injured, according to the National Weather Service. About 1,800 homes were destroyed and another 2,500 were damaged because of the tornado. It resulted in about $1 billion in damage.]

What’s the craziest story you’ve ever personally experienced?

I’ve experienced a lot because I’m always working, but outside of that it was a blizzard when I was a kid. It was a defining storm for me when I was 10 years old because it got me into weather — and it got me out of school for five days.

What’s your favorite weather-related book?

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson. It’s about Isaac Cline, a meteorologist at the time, who was trying to define the signs of the approaching storm.

Favorite non-weather-related book?

Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon by Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. I’m fascinated with space life. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at what happened leading up to the Apollo missions. I love behind-the-scenes like that with nuggets of information you don’t normally get.

What would you do if you weren’t a meteorologist?

I like aviation. Maybe not necessarily being a pilot but something in aviation. I think air traffic control is as cool as all get-out. It’s also probably really stressful. Who knows, maybe I’d be a baggage handler.

What’s the most frequently asked question you get about the weather?

I get a lot of questions, especially now with social media. This time of year it’s always: Is it going to be a snowy winter? People will even ask that in the middle of July.

Are we going to get any snow this winter?

Well, the official winter forecasts say we’re going to have above-normal precipitation this year. After that, all you need is a shot of cold air and you can really have some fun — or misery — depending on how you look at it.

Describe your perfect weather day.

People assume, “Oh you probably love storms.” But to me, it would be a beautiful early to mid-fall day, with temperatures in the 70s and low humidity — a college football Saturday.

I like all kinds of weather. I don’t have a favorite season, but I think I dislike spring because of all of the severe weather. I don’t even really mind the Texas heat.

If you could cover weather in a non-U.S. city, where would that be?

Calgary, Canada. It’s pretty similar to Denver. You get a lot more snow because it’s at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, but it’s also very scenic. And it’s close enough to the prairies that you get some thunderstorms, too.

Non-weather question: What’s your favorite band?

I’d have to say, Steely Dan. I have a brother who is older than I am, so I grew up listening to all of his bands. I love classic rock.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.