Mike Smith

Mike Smith

In 1972, Mike Smith – as a University of Oklahoma meteorology student – attended a meeting of the Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society where Dr. Joe Golden presented a revolutionary idea: that tornadoes could be safely chased. And, that storm chasing would be essential to proving the value of Doppler radar, then being tested by the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Within the next sixty days, Mike, Chuck Doswell, Al Moller, and others were roaming the Oklahoma countryside looking for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

In addition to being an OU student, Mike was also a meteorologist for WKY TV (NBC) and Radio in Oklahoma City. He would go on to be a television meteorologist in Wichita and St. Louis. And, in 1981, he would found WeatherData, Incorporated, the legendary company in the field of commercial storm warnings.

In 2006, he sold WeatherData to AccuWeather where he stayed on as Sr. Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive.

After a 47-year career as one of America’s most esteemed weather scientists, Mike Smith has begun a new career in business consulting and professional speaking.

Over the years, Mike and his innovations have been credited with saving thousands of lives and averting billions of dollars of property losses.

He has received prestigious awards from organizations ranging from the Consumer Electronics Association to the American Meteorological Society, With more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents in the fields of GPS/GIS, storm warnings, search and rescue, and emergency management, Mike now combines his scientific acumen with business savvy, creativity, and insights, to offer his business clientele a unique combination of skills available nowhere else.

When he is not engaged in a consulting project or delivering a keynote speech, Mike loves to read, write books and short stories, and play with his granddaughters and entire family.