Rochester Meteorologist Is Inspired by the Finger Lakes Region

Meteorologist Michael Gouldrick
02/01/2024

February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day

Ask Spectrum News’ meteorologist Mike Gouldrick how he fell in love with the weather and his first instinct is to chuckle and say simply, “Like 98% of meteorologists, I was just born with it.”  

Gouldrick, who was born and raised in Webster, spoke about his love of his profession and community ahead of National Weatherperson’s Day, observed this year on February 5.

He may have been born with it, but growing up in the Finger Lakes Region gave Gouldrick plenty of opportunities to observe the power of weather. These include sitting on the shore of Lake Ontario as a child and watching lake effect snow darken the sky in one place while the sun shone brightly in another, and working in the fields as a teenager before a severe thunderstorm sent him running for cover, apple trees toppling around him. These glimpses inspired him to learn more.

After graduating with a degree in earth science in 1986, Gouldrick spent time living in Colorado, Florida and St. Croix working in construction. In 1993, he returned to Rochester and attended SUNY Brockport graduating magna cum laude with a degree in meteorology.

Michael joined the Spectrum News 1 team in 2003. A rooted part of the community, Michael looks forward to providing his viewers with the latest hyperlocal weather on the 1s every 10 minutes each day.

“I love covering the weather because each day is different here in my hometown,” said Gouldrick. “They call it the meso-scale capital of weather because of the combination of the Great Lakes, the beautiful Finger lakes and rolling hills that impact our weather. The wineries, golf courses, restaurants and fishing of the region help as well!”  

A Press Club Award winner, he recalls many major weather events that have occurred over the years, including the epic flooding caused by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, as well as the deadly Christmas Blizzard of 2022 in Buffalo.

“When the weather isn’t just fascinating, but potentially dangerous, it’s my job to deliver the facts to my viewers in the most timely and responsible manner possible,” he said. “That’s something I take very seriously.”

Some of Michael’s favorite things to do in Rochester include boating on Lake Ontario, exploring the great eateries around the city and golfing. Prior to his career as a meteorologist, he worked as a dishwasher, roofer and pizza maker! When he’s not telling Spectrum News viewers about the weather, he can be found doing some remodeling projects or spending time with his wife of almost 30 years, Colleen, and their two children.

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