The chances are good that your child or one you know has had a visit from LEX 18 Storm Tracker Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck. Since arriving in Lexington way back in 1999 Bill has seen over 50,000 Kentucky kids with his Bill's Weather 101 presentations. It's a program that makes teaching the complexities of weather fun and interesting for the kids that has become very popular. The year's schedule of 85 to 100 schools throughout central and eastern Kentucky is usually completed early in the fall.
Bill never dreamed of anything but being a TV weatherman. The dream became a reality while a sophomore at Iowa State University when Bill joined the staff at WOI-TV in Des Moines working on air in several different capacities.
After 2 years chasing tornadoes and finishing his degree, Meck moved to WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was there he met his wife, Connie. During his tenure in South Carolina, Bill produced and hosted an award winning severe weather documentary, "Danger From the Sky."
A 3 year stint as the Chief Meteorologist at WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia followed. It was here that Bill's Weather 101 was created.
Before coming to LEX 18, Bill was weekend meteorologist at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. He also had probably the greatest weeks any meteorologist could dream of while there in 1997. His wonderful little girl was born, and then 7 days later he saw and taped the birth of Indiana's largest tornado of the year.
Meck has a B. S. degree from Iowa State University and a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. His knowledge and enthusiasm for weather has led to his receiving Seals of Approval from both the American Meteorological Society, and the National Weather Association. He was also awarded an Emmy for his work in 2002 and has been voted Lexington's favorite meteorologist several times by Ace Magazine. In 2005 he received another Emmy nomination for the coverage of the Masterson Station tornado. He was also voted as Kentucky's Favorite Weatherman by Kentucky Monthly Magazine and Ace Magazine voted him, and the rest of the weather team, the most accurate in Lexington. In 2007 the Lexington Herald Leader and Kentucky dot Com awarded him their 'Reader's Choice Award'. He has also served on committees with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Lexington to help the community prepare for severe weather. Bill has also been on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society and in 2005 inaugurated the Strike at Cancer with Bill Meck bowling event which has raised over $20,000 for cancer research.
Being a native Chicagoan, Meck is also a Die Hard Cub Fan, and has the card to prove it. During the autumn you can find him enjoying UK football games from the east end zone. He also has a collection of about 750 antique beer cans, some dating back to the 1940's. However, enjoying his family and watching his daughter play soccer takes up the bulk of his free time.
Tom Ackerman is the morning and noon meteorologist for LEX 18. Tom is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), a professional recognition from the American Meteorological Society.
He's from the small town of Dover, Ohio just south of Cleveland. And although he grew up in the Buckeye State he and his family have been "on the road" for years.
His first move was a four-year tour in the United States Navy. Tom was in charge of launching aircraft off the flight deck of the U.S.S. Eisenhower, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Tom was stationed in Norfolk, Va. and toured most of the Mediterranean, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to coming to LEX 18 in 2002, he worked at stations in Wisconsin, North Carolina and South Carolina. Tom has a B.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, a B.A. in Electronic Media/Journalism from Ashland University and is a private pilot.
Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Kera, their daughters Anna and Claire and their dogs Gidget & Evie, both adopted from the Lexington Humane Society.
Ian Oliver grew up on the Massachusetts coast - tracking Nor'easters and praying for Snow Days.
Like most meteorologists who feel the calling, Ian dreamed of doing TV weather at a very young age. Ian studied Broadcast Meteorology and Classical Physics at Lyndon State College in Vermont.
A four year student-athlete, Ian earned his degree with academic honors. Prior to arriving at LEX 18 in August 2012, his first television job was at WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vermont as a meteorologist and reporter. Ian was most known in Vermont for his winter ski series "Skiin' With Ian" that aired once a week on WCAX.
Ian is very excited to be a part of the Storm Tracker weather team. He says the culture, landscape and food here in the Bluegrass will be easy to love.
In his free time, Ian enjoys recreational sports, skiing, fishing and working out. He loves all kinds of music and is admittedly a big time movie geek. Ian is a huge fan of Boston's four professional sports teams. He appreciates the good times, as well as the trials and tribulations that come with that. Graduating from a small college, Ian has no big college sports allegiance - a void he is happy to fill with the Wildcats!
Melissa Nord is excited to come to Lexington and join the Storm Tracker Weather Team. Having stopped in the area throughout her childhood on the way to visit family, she is very eager to finally enjoy the beautiful terrain and culture of Bluegrass Country!
A native of Atlanta, Melissa grew up experiencing severe weather, hurricanes, and even some wintry weather. Although she will miss the more mild winters, she's looking forward to seeing more snow!
Melissa attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and received a Bachelors of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. While at Georgia Tech, she worked at the Weather Channel as a weather producer. Melissa interned at WSB-TV her senior year under Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns, during which she discovered her love and expertise in severe weather. In addition, she
interned at The Weather Channel and WAGA-TV. She also worked as a Student Assistant at the Georgia Tech Cable Network with a bi-weekly show called ‘WxBuzz', in which she did a weathercast for campus.
During Melissa's senior year, she did a professional internship at the local National Weather Service Office, in which she worked on a collaborative research study to help increase warning lead times with severe weather events.
Melissa is a member of the American Meteorological Society. While at Georgia Tech, she was an active member in the local and school's chapters of the American Meteorological Society. She did many weather talks at local schools and is looking forward to helping Bill with school visits!
When Melissa is not focused on the weather, she loves baking up a storm and soaking up the sun with outdoor activities. She loves trying new foods and is excited to see what Bluegrass Country has to offer.
You can connect with Melissa on any social media site. She'd love to hear from you and discuss any kind of incredible weather phenomenon!