Mike Buresh

Chief Meteorologist

Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh anchors the 5,6, and 11 p.m. newscasts on WJAX-TV and 10 p.m. newscast on WFOX-TV.

Buresh is a self-professed "weather holic" and his  fascination with weather developed at a very young age while growing up in rural Iowa.  As  early as the second grade, Mike's mom says he was drawing weather maps and "always looking at the sky."

Mike's passion for weather continues to this day, as Mike eats, drinks, breathes and yes; sleeps weather or as he likes to call it "All the Weather, All the Time!"

Mike graduated from Iowa State University in 1987, and he also is an experienced "storm chaser" while working at the National Weather Service.

Shortly after graduating Mike earned the American Meteorological Society's "Seal of Approval" and has also achieved his Certification for Broadcast Meteorologist which certifies that Mike meets specific educational and experience criteria and has passed rigorous testing in his knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences needed to be an effective broadcast meteorologist.

Buresh began his television meteorology career at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa and most recently at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to the First Coast. 

Jacksonville's Most Accurate Weather 

 Mike and his First Alert forecast have been rated as the "Most Accurate" in the Jacksonville television market according to the independent service "WeatheRate". 

If you would like the most accurate Chief Meteorologist to visit your school, club or civic organization, E-mail Mike ». Mike is also an active member of the Jacksonville Salvation Army Advisory Board.

He has traveled extensively including trips to Australia, Asia, Central and South America, Galapagos Islands and twice to Africa.

When Mike isn't forecasting your weather he enjoys golf, basketball, football, swimming, water skiing, the beach, reading, community outreach and, most of all, spending time with his lovely wife, daughters and "best friend", Opie, the dog.

Mike is an avid writer and has a large following in the blog-o-sphere -- "Buresh Blog" and "Talking the Tropics With Mike"(hurricane season June 1st-Nov. 30th only).  A few of his more popular posts can be found here - "A Very Personal Journey: My Mother's Battle With Cancer" ... here - "Butch: Man's Best Friend & Then Some" ... & here - "Disney Delirium".

Latest from Mike Buresh

A thick blanket of fog covered the River City on Thursday.

Tracking tropical storm "Hanna"... Unseasonable warmth

A nice evening & night under clear skies with temperatures dropping into the 50s to around 60 by morning.  Areas of fog will form by morning and could be locally dense until 8-9am.  Tuesday will otherwise be another mostly sunny, unseasonably warm day with highs in the mid 80s inland ...

"Hanna" Develops Near Central American Coast

The remnants of tropical depression #9 became much more organized & concentrated Sun. night/early Mon.  & became tropical storm "Hanna" Mon. morning. But the storm will rather soon be inland over Nicaragua & Honduras which will begin a renewed weakening trend. Meanwhile... a large area of "disturbed" weather east of ...

Warm Start to the Week Before Halloween Cold Front... 48 Hours of the Sun's Activity in 10 Seconds

A very warm week ahead with near record warmth through Wed. though temps. will probably fall a little short of the record highs which are in the upper 80s.  Still... we're looking at mid 80s through Wed.... lower 80s Thu. then a cold front finally arrives Thu. night/early Fri.  There ...

Tropical Depression #9 Reorganizes But Closing in On Land

The remnants of tropical depression #9 finally became much more organized & concentrated Sun. night/early Mon. but are also moving inland over Nicaragua & Honduras.  The system should continue westward over land so further development is unlikely. Meanwhile... a large area of "disturbed" weather east of the Lesser Antilles & ...

Remnants of T.D. #9 Over Caribbean... Wave Near Lesser Antilles

Strong but disorganized thunderstorms continue over the Western Caribbean between Jamaica & Central America.  There is a weak low pressure system (t.d. #9 remnants), but it remains poorly organized.  It looks like this low pressure will remain over the Caribbean & not be picked up by the upper level trough ...

T.D. #9 Remnants Over Caribbean... Low Pressure East of the Bahamas

Strong but disorganized thunderstorms continue from the NW Caribbean.  There is a weak low pressure system (t.d. #9 remnants) near & east of Belize.  It looks like this low pressure will remain over the Caribbean & not be picked up by the upper level trough driving a cold front far ...

Widespread T'storms Over the Caribbean/SW Atlantic

Numerous thunderstorms continue from the NW Caribbean across Cuba into the the Bahamas.  There is a weak low pressure system (t.d. #9 remnants) near & east of the Yucatan Peninsula but increasing mid & upper level shear is making it less likely that the disturbance will re-generate. Meanwhile.. weak low ...

T.D. #9 Leaves Behind Heavy T'Storms

Tropical depression #9 had a short lifespan coming ashore as a weak depression Wed. evening.... & becoming a post-tropical low in the process.   The low will cross the Yucatan Peninsula then into the Northwest Caribbean.  There is some chance for regeneration upon the move over the very warm Caribbean ...

T.D. #9 Becomes Post-Tropical

Tropical depression #9 had a short lifespan coming ashore as a weak depression Wed. evening.... becoming a post-tropical low in the process. This disturbance could produce some heavy rain for extreme S. Florida.  The low will cross the Yucatan Peninsula then into the Northwest Caribbean Fri.  There is some chance ...

"Dogtoberfest"... "Earth Gauge": Energy & Water Savings, Sept. Weather, Fish Stocks

The "Buresh Blog" will enjoy a long weekend in an attempt to spend some quality time with family(!).... "Talking the Tropics With Mike" will continue to be updated daily....... I'll be the emcee Sat. 11am-3pm for "Dogtoberfest" -- bring your pets & family to what will be -- no doubt ...

 
Featured Articles
 

Action Button

Action News Jacksonville on Twitter

Viewer Videos

Viewer Videos