With over twenty years of forecasting experience, Local 12 Meteorologist John Gumm can be seen Monday through Friday on Cincinnati’s top-rated afternoon and evening newscasts (5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.). A Cincinnati native, John returned home to work for WKRC-TV in October of 2005.
Prior to coming to Local 12, John’s career took him all across the country, allowing him to experience every type of weather imaginable. John worked at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Ill.; WCTI-TV in New Bern, N.C.; and WWL-TV in New Orleans, La. While in New Orleans, he won numerous awards for his work, including an Associated Press award for Best Weathercast in Louisiana.
John’s interest in weather started at a young age. While in sixth grade at Brantner Elementary in Mt. Carmel, he was given an assignment in class to write about his greatest dream in life. John shared the details of a childhood aspiration, describing how he wanted to become a meteorologist and someday help save millions of people from a horrible hurricane. Little did he know many years later that the dream would become a reality. In August of 2005, he experienced weather forecasting under incredibly challenging personal circumstances. As a meteorologist working for WWL in New Orleans, he reported live for twelve straight hours warning viewers about Hurricane Katrina. It wasn’t until after he went off air that he was able to then evacuate his wife and newborn son. Following that broadcast, John received numerous letters and e-mails of appreciation from people whom he helped convince to leave the city.
John is a graduate of Glen Este High School and went on to study weather at Valparaiso University in Ind., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. While in college, he helped create one of the largest storm chasing groups in the country. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society. The CBM supersedes the AMS Seal of Approval and requires successful completion of a very comprehensive examination on theoretical meteorology, operational meteorology, forecasting, and general science.
When he’s not forecasting, John loves speaking to area school children about the weather. He also enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, tinkering with electronics (especially computers) and loves following the Reds, the Bengals, and FC Cincinnati. In his spare time, John also dabbles in app development.
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