Michael Estime

Michael Estime

Meteorologist

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

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Much cooler weekend ahead

Temperatures will once again be our big weather headline this Wednesday afternoon with highs jumping into the low and mid 80s. When you factor in the humidity outside, at times, it could feel like upper 80s near 90. That heat and humidity may also trigger an isolated shower or thunderstorm. We will keep skies partly to mostly cloudy from start to finish. More widespread rain and thunderstorms are back by Thursday and especially Friday morning as a cold front pushes through. A much more comfortable weekend is expected with highs in the upper 60s along with lower humidity.

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Hot and Humid Tuesday

After a beautiful start this Tuesday morning, we are expecting an isolated pop up shower or thunderstorm before the day is through. If you plan on being out on the open waters of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie, keep an eye to the sky for a developing storm. Temperatures will be the big weather headline with highs nearing 90. We will get close to our record of 92, but I think we fall just shy of it. Upper 60s and low 70s is expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. By the end of the week, temperatures should start to normalize with highs in the mid 70s by Friday, and upper 60s this weekend.

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Hot and Humid Memorial Day

Keep an eye to the sky if you plan on being outside this afternoon. We are expecting temperatures to spike just shy of 90 degrees this afternoon along with a few pop up showers and thunderstorms. Though our official forecast high is 87 degrees, should we hit 90 degrees, that will tie our previous record high for today. Thankfully, we are not expecting severe severe. A few of the storms that do develop could produce frequent cloud to ground lightning along with heavy rain. As we lose the daytime heating this evening, our rain and storm chances will diminish as temperatures fall into the mid 60s overnight. Much like today, Tuesday is also expected to be warm and muggy with afternoon rain and storm chances.

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Pop Up Memorial Day Weekend Storms

Although a few spotty showers and storms this morning may have slowed down your Sunday plans, as we head into the afternoon, our rain and storm chances will become more isolated. The passage of a warm front will allow for temperatures to surge into the low and mid 80s along with more sunshine than clouds. We should fall to the low 60s overnight under partly cloudy skies. Memorial Day Monday morning looks good, but we will bring in scattered rain and storm chances to metro Detroit through the afternoon. Your Memorial Day outdoor plans should include an umbrella just to be safe.

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Near record heat is on the way

After the morning fog burns off, we're expecting partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures on Saturday in the mid 70s. Take full advantage of our dry day because rain and storm chances return on Sunday and through this upcoming week. In fact, a round of rain and storms is possible early Sunday morning as a warm front passes. A few of the storms that develop could be heavy and strong at times. After that warm front moves through, temperatures behind it will surge to around 80 on Sunday with mid 80s returning to metro Detroit next week.