Since the age of 4, Mike Francis has been captivated by the weather. That’s when he saw his first thunderstorm. At 13, he saw his first tornado. The passion became a career that brought Mike Francis to 11Alive as Chief Meteorologist in July 2011.
Previously, Mike was Chief Meteorologist at KARK in Little Rock, AR where he helped the community stay safe in the face of hundreds of tornadoes over 10 years. Mike won the AP Award for Best Weathercast and won the hearts of thousands in the Little Rock community. Prior to Little Rock, Mike worked at KSWO in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Mike graduated at the top of his class at the nations’ most respected school for Meteorology, the University of Oklahoma. He earned his stripes chasing tornados with “Project Vortex” at the National Severe Storms Laboratory researching Severe Weather Radar Meteorology.
Saving lives is nothing new to Mike. In 1989, he joined the Army, eventually serving in the elite 82nd airborne division. He fought in combat in both Panama (Operation Just Cause) and Iraq (Operation Desert Storm).
Mike and his wife Deanna have 3 children and live in Alpharetta. Mike and his family spend time volunteering for Autism Speaks.
In His Own Words
Five Questions for Mike Francis
On the weekends I love to: Go to the lake and camp with my family.
The high school, college or pro sports teams I root for are:Oklahoma Sooners, and I’ve been a Cowboys fan since the ’80s but my second favorite team is the Falcons.
If I’m watching a movie or listening to music, it’s probably:Anything Science Fiction and loud rock and roll.
I am passionate about: The weather and my family.
Which interview/story are you most proud of: Feb 5th, 2008. When the longest tornado in AR tornado tracked across the state, I was on the air the entire time.