Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet joined 10 News December 1, 2011 and while he may be new to the Tampa/St. Pete viewers, he is a veteran Central Florida Forecaster.
For the past 10 years Jim has been the Weekday Morning Meteorologist for FOX 35 News – WOFL Orlando, Florida from 4:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Through the last decade Jim has been right next door to Tampa forecasting major weather events such as the Groundhog Day Tornadoes and the Hurricanes of 2004. That year Jim became known in Central Florida for calling the eastward turn of Hurricane Charley on live television before the National Hurricane Center made adjustments to Charley’s path, which was headed for Tampa Bay.
Jim’s has also forecasted weather for three stations in Texas: WFAA and Texas Cable News in Dallas, KXXV in Waco and KVII in Amarillo. Jim got his start in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma as a weather producer/storm chaser at KOTV before moving to KSWO in Lawton/Wichita Falls.
Jim has had his “Television Seal of Approval” since 1998 and is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Jim’s education in Meteorology extends through several universities including Baylor University, Cameron University, and Tulsa Junior College. Jim finished his studies through the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology program.
Jim is also an accomplished Country Music Artist. His band, “Jim Van Fleet and the Reign” is a regionally touring act and has played many Tampa area festivals like the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Rib Festival where he opened up for the legendary Charlie Daniels Band. He has also played the Hudson Seafood Festival and at the “Dallas Bull” club in Tampa.
Jim has three full length CD’s and has shared the stage or toured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson. For more information on Jim’s musical career and to find out where you can catch the next concert, go to www.jimvanfleet.co.
Lastly Jim wanted to let you know he greatly appreciates you being interested enough to want to get to know a little about him, and truly hopes you will choose 10 News anytime you would like to know what to expect in the forecast. Whether it’s “what does my weekend look like?” or “just where exactly is that Hurricane going?”, Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet has the answers to your weather questions in an accurate and easy to understand forecast.
His career also includes Chief Meteorologist for 2 years at KXXV in Waco, Temple, Killeen, and also Weekend Meteorologist at KVII in Amarillo, Texas also for a couple of years. The early days of his career found him as the Weekend Meteorologist at KSWO – Lawton/Wichita Falls, and his first TV Weather job came in his hometown as a Weather Producer/Storm Chaser for KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jim has had his “Television Seal of Approval” since March of 1998 and is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Jim’s education in Meteorology extends through several Universities like Baylor University, Cameron University, and Tulsa Junior College. Jim finished his studies through the Mississippi State Univerisity Broadcast Meteorology program.
If this is your first time learning about Jim, then you might be a little surprised to know that he is also an accomplished Country Music Artist too. His band is a regionally touring act and has played many Tampa area festivals like the Gulf Coast Rhythm & Rib Festival where he opened up for the legendary Charlie Daniels Band. He has also played the Hudson Seafood Festival, and also the very well known Dallas Bull back when it was on the “other” side of the highway.
Jim actually has three full length CD’s released to his name and has shared the stage or toured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Dwight Yoakam, Blake Shelton, Gretchen Wilson to name a few in his 7 year run with his band.
Weather and Music are equal passions for Jim and it was at his own 4th of July concert in Leesburg, Florida in 2010 when the two came together. A woman unknown to Jim came up and after the show and asked him for a hug, and he could tell she was very emotional. He asked her if she was okay and if there was anything he could do for her. That’s when she told Jim with her lip quivering, “no, no Jim…you have already done for me, and today I came to do something for you. My family lived in the subdivision that got leveled in the middle of the night “Groundhog Day” tornado. We woke up to your Tornado Warnings on the TV at 3:45am telling us to get in to shelter….we lived…..we had neighbors that died, and I just came to say thank you.” Just as soon as she said that, she walked away and disappeared into the crowd. He never got her name and to this day doesn’t know who she is.
You will likely catch him very soon singing the National Anthem at your favorite Tampa Bay event. He has already performed the Star Spangled Banner for the Atlanta Braves numerous times, as well as the Orlando Predators, and the largest crowd Jim has ever sang for (an estimated 70,000 people) was at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando for you guessed it… the Monster Truck Show!