Updated: April 22, 2020 10:42 AM
Created: June 21, 2017 12:00 AM
"I love being a Meteorologist because of how weather impacts our lives. Whether it's giving updates on severe weather or helping people plan for all the great outdoor activities here in Minnesota, I'm honored to provide those forecasts."
5 Eyewitness News welcomed Nicole Mitchell in June 2017. Nicole began her career in weather right out of High School, when she joined the Minnesota Air National Guard and was trained by the military first as a Weather Observer, then as a Weather Forecaster, giving her the opportunity to forecast weather both around the country and around the world.
Nicole eventually transferred from the National Guard into the Air Force Reserves, where she now works as a Weather Officer for the Hurricane Hunters, on missions flying into tropical weather to gather data which aids in the forecasting of tropical storms and hurricanes. Storms she has flown into include hurricane Katrina and Wilma.
In television, she started in Duluth, MN, where she worked as an Assignment Manager, but also reported, produced, and began doing TV weather. Nicole then worked as a TV Meteorologist in Rapid City, SD, South Bend, IN, Tulsa, OK, Miami, and New York City, as well as at The Weather Channel and Al Jazeera America.
In addition to her degree in weather from the Air Force, Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Communications. A love of learning also drove her to get a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from Georgia State University. She is also a member of the American Meteorological Society, and has held the AMS Seal since 2000.
In her free time, Nicole believes strongly in a commitment to community service and volunteerism. She especially enjoys working with children, and loves getting students excited about math and science. She also has a strong sense of adventure, loves to travel all over the world, and has tried everything from kayaking and white water rafting to sky diving. She has ventured to every continent (yes, even Antarctica!), and has even climbed Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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