Michael Estime

Michael Estime


I am honored and humbled to return home to Detroit and work alongside the most talented meteorologists in the country here at WJBK Fox 2 News.

Before joining the WJBK Fox 2 News family, I served for 4 years as the Weekend Meteorologist and weekday co-cost of “Live on Lakeside” in Cleveland at WKYC. Northeast Ohio is an incredible part of the country to live given its proximity to Lake Erie. Lake Erie impacted day to day life every fall, winter and spring with tons of lake effect snow! It was a forecasting challenge, but one that I welcomed with opened arms and a shovel in hand.

Prior to heading to Cleveland, I worked as the Morning, Midday & Noon Meteorologist at WTVQ in the “Horse Capital of the World” - Lexington, Kentucky.
While in Kentucky, my forecasts of crippling snowstorms, record-shattering cold, devastating flooding, and violent tornadoes helped earn our weather team the title of “Most Accurate Forecast in Central Kentucky” by WeatheRate. Your safety before, during, and after a storm is my number one priority. Rain or shine, day or night, my passion for the weather, commitment to our community, and optimistic outlook are qualities that you can count on.

I started my professional broadcast career in the "Song & Soul of the South," - Macon, Georgia. I served as the Morning Meteorologist at WMGT for several years before being promoted to the Chief Meteorologist - a position I held for an several years. I experienced just about everything in Georgia, from blistering hot summers and hurricanes to snow and ice storms. The historic April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak in the southeast, which decimated parts of Central Georgia, serves as my piece of humble pie as to the extreme power of Mother Nature.

I am a proud graduate of Central Michigan University (CMU) and earned a degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics. During my time at CMU, I worked for MHTV News Central 34, and was awarded “Best Weathercaster” in 2006, 2007 & 2008. Fire Up Chips!

WJBK is not my first stop in metro Detroit. I started my career working behind the scenes at WWJ-TV CBS Detroit through the Emma L. Bowen Foundation (EBF) and was awarded a 5-year work/study scholarship with CBS News. The EBF allowed me the opportunity to work/job shadow with meteorologists all over the country from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit (…such as Jim Madaus, Ben Bailey and yes, even Rich Luterman…many, MANY years ago!) to The Weather Channel. In 2009, the EFB honored me with its coveted “Outstanding Student of the Year” award.

I am an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist through the American Meteorological Society, and also hold a membership with the National Weather Association.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering in the community, playing the clarinet, and spending time with friends and family (including my mirror-identical twin brother!)
If you would like me to speak with your students or participate in your charity event, please send me an email!

The latest from Michael Estime


Snow is on the way by Wednesday morning

Though a sprinkle or two is possible today, stealing the weather headlines is our chance for an accumulating snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. Several inches of snow is possible during mid Wednesday morning. Here is what you can expect in on your front porch with Meteorologist Michael Estime.


Partly Sunny Saturday

Enjoy the partly sunny skies today with highs in the 50s because a wintry mix is possible by midweek.


Safety when Storms Knock Down Power Lines

With spring storms comes damaging winds, toppled trees and down power poles. Spring storms can be deadly, but so can the power lines they bring down. Meteorologist Michael Estime teamed up with DTE Energy to keep you safe. According to Climate Central, [SOURCE: https://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/power-outages] between 2000 and 2019, Michigan led the nation with 111 major weather-related power outages. DTE Safety and Healthy Expert, Charlie Crosby, describes what you need to do if spring storms topple power lines in your neighborhood. Here's a link to DTE Energy's power outage map and a way you can report a downed power line: https://outage.dteenergy.com/map


Isolated Showers Sunday

Hang on to an umbrella. A few spotty showers are possible today with highs near 60 degrees. Meteorologist Michael Estime has a look at your week ahead.


Rain and Rumbles Late Saturday

Expect a nice and mild start to your Saturday with temperatures eventually making it in to the mid 70s this afternoon. By late afternoon and early evening, you will notice an increase in clouds which will give way to rain along with a few rumbles of thunder. if you plan on being out and about around dinnertime, have your umbrella near by. Meteorologist Michael Estime has your full forecast...


Rain & Rumbles Thursday

Have your umbrellas on standby with rain and a few thunderstorms in our forecast for today. Highs should make it into the mid 70s. Rain is also expected through parts of this upcoming weekend.


Near Record Heat Today

Expect temperatures to soar this afternoon to near 80 degrees. Our previous record high for today was 83 degrees, so we will get very close to it. Skies should stay mostly sunny from start to finish with just a few passing clouds. Rain chances are on the way on Thursday.


More Sunshine Saturday

After a chilly start this morning, expect temperatures to warm into the upper 50s and low 60s this afternoon under mostly sunny skies. Easter Sunday looks good under partly sunny skies along with temperatures in the mid 60s. Rain chances return next week.