James is the Chief Meteorologist for Storm Track 8 and does forecasts weeknights on WQAD News 8.

James knew he would be a meteorologist from the time he was 8 years old. His mother would often find him on the roof of their Flossmoor, Illinois home during approaching severe weather events. James received his inspiration to become a meteorologist when the Chief Meteorologist for WLS in Chicago and founder of the Weather Channel Cable Network – John Coleman visited his class in grade school. James has never forgotten the impression John Coleman made on him as a child and has continued the legacy of his mentor by visiting more than 100 schools over the last 18 years with WQAD.

James received his meteorology degree from the University of Kansas in 1988. He began his broadcast career in 1988 as Chief Meteorologist at WOAY, the ABC affiliate in Beckley, West Virginia. In 1990, James moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he became the weekday meteorologist at the NBC affiliate, WAFF, Channel 48. During his time in Huntsville, Alabama, James worked with then Chief Meteorologist Bob Baron, who is now President and CEO of Baron Services – maker of the Baron Storm Warning System.

James came to WQAD in August of 1992 as the weekday meteorologist on GMQC. During his time at WQAD James has received meteorology seals from the American Meteorologist Society (1994) and the National Weather Association (2001). In July of 2007, James achieved his CBM. The Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) program, is given to meteorologists who have risen to a professional standard in broadcast meteorology and achieved a broader range of scientific understanding, especially with respect to environmental issues. The goal of the CBM program is to certify that the holder meets specific educational and experience criteria and has passed rigorous testing in their knowledge and communication of meteorology and related sciences.

James has also received several awards for his work on-air including the First Place award from the Illinois Associated Press – “Best Spot News” for coverage of the Fruitland Tornado in 2007. In 2008, he received first place in the Eric Sevareid Award for “Snow Desk”. “Snow Desk” was the first and only news team featuring James and Jim Mertens broadcasting live from an outdoor news set during the first major snowstorm of 2008.

James is involved in several charities throughout the Quad Cities including Gilda’s Club, Birdies for Charity, the Child Abuse Council, and the United Way. James and his family actively support the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, the Humane Society, ASPCA, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.

James has been married to his lovely wife, Renee for more than fifteen years. They have one lovely daughter named Aviana who is an elite swimmer in the Midwest. James has run in the BIX each year and has run in six marathons. He has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys golf.


Recent Articles
  • Weekend storm still on track to bring more rain than snow

    The misty conditions we  experienced this afternoon has dried out quickly giving way to just clouds this evening.  With the system pulling even farther away skies will show signs of improving overnight.  By then, temperatures will be as low as the upper teens.  Keep in mind, any wet pavement out there will have a good chance of refreezing especially around neighborhood streets, sidewalks and parking lots. Skies will be much brighter  on Thursday with highs in the low to middle […]

  • Quiet weekend… Tracking a light mix to end the year… Arctic cold will follow

    Still stressing a seasonally cold Saturday with lower 30s for highs before temperatures improve Sunday with highs around 40 degrees. New Years Eve, Monday I’m seeing two disturbances that are showing signs of  ‘phasing’ or coming together.  This will lead to a light mix of snow and rain.  The challenge comes as to the temperatures at the surface and aloft.  Meaning it could be a light mix at times that day or a light snowfall changing over to a light […]

  • A few more showers to dodge, still breezy… Arctic blast to start the New Year

    The steadier rains we experienced this morning have become more scattered this afternoon, and will continue such heading into the evening hours.  The wind out there has also been the highlight gusting around 30 mph in spots.  It’s been a warm wind, climbing temperatures in the lower 50s. With the rain gradually ending later tonight, cooler winds out of the west will slowly take over starting after midnight dropping temperatures in the 30s by dawn. We’ll be on the backside […]

  • More active weather for travelers after Christmas

    A much more active pattern is insight after the Christmas holiday when a strong storm system impacts the Midwest. Areas of rain will break out by late Wednesday night and continue through Friday.  Even a few rumbles of thunder are possible come Thursday with highs that day reaching the 50s.   All in all, rainfall amounts could top over an inch in some spots!  Farther north, heavy snowfall and wind is still anticipated for portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota and […]

  • Weather will impact parts of the Midwest by the end of the holiday weekend

    A few high clouds produced no worse then some filtered sun across the area as temperatures  climbed in the upper 30s.  After seeing lows drop around the mid to upper 20s, the mercury will climb in the 40s on Thanksgiving Day under mostly sunny skies. 40s for highs will continue through Friday as rain and plenty of wind develops during the afternoon hours.  Rain will expand across the area that night before ending near sunrise on Saturday.  Amounts will range […]

  • Flash Flood WATCH for parts of the area until Sunday morning

    The heavy showers and thunderstorms we saw this morning gave way to a break in the action through most of the afternoon before another round started to develop to our west this evening. We’ll be keeping an eye on the potential for flash flooding especially for areas north of the I80 corridor overnight.  This was an area where 1 to 3 inches of rain has already fallen from morning activity, and with an additional 1 to 3 inches possible later […]

  • Wednesday is your week’s best… Cooler heading into the Easter weekend

    Skies will show signs of improving  later on tonight as a surface ridge slowly pulls in.  Patchy fog will once again be a concern as we head toward morning with overnight lows dropping around the freezing mark of 32 degrees. That leads us to Wednesday and what a day this will be!!  Increasing sunshine, less wind and temperatures well into the 50s! Clouds will quickly return that night as a weak disturbance sneaks on through.  Could have a sprinkle or […]

  • Staying dry this week during this see-saw ride in temperatures

    Plenty of wind we’ve seen throughout the day will continue overnight into Tuesday.  Its been a warm wind today as temperatures easily climbed around 60 degrees!!  Later tonight, a strong but dry front will sweep on through blowing in some much colder air on Tuesday. Before the front arrives temperatures will only drop around the upper 30s.  However,  due to the passage of the front temperatures will only climb around the 40 degree mark with wind chills in the 20s. […]

  • Much needed rainfall still on track to end the work week

    Morning sun quickly gave way to cloudiness throughout the afternoon as temperatures climbed just over the 70 degree mark for daytime highs. This mild but dry air mass which has steered any significant rainfall from moving across the area will begin to breakdown tonight.  This will allow showers to slowly increase in coverage from west to east during this period.  I expect more showers to pass through our area on Friday with the rainfall likely being heavy at times in […]

  • Seasonal air settles in for the weekend… Florida braces for Irma, too

    If you haven’t noticed we finally returned to more seasonal air as temperatures had no problem reaching around 80 degrees. Tonight skies will remain fair with overnight lows around the middle 50s. In fact, not much of a change in temperatures for your weekend with highs in the upper 70s and lows around the low to mid 50s. Afterwards, a touch of summer warmth is still on track to develop as we go through next week with the warmest of […]

  • Shower and thunderstorm chances beginning overnight

    Hopefully, you did complete some needed yard work these past few days because starting late night through the weekend they’ll be a shower or thunderstorm moving on in. The first round of showers along with few embedded thunderstorms will take place during the wee hours of the morning as overnight lows only drop around 60 degrees. On Wednesday, scattered showers with some rumbles of thunder will be noticed from time to time as daytime highs reach the upper 60s. In […]

  • Temperatures to get a nice boost in the days ahead

    Clouds today will linger through most of the night as some dryness sneaks in near morning.  This will give temperatures a chance to cool down with overnight lows around the mid to upper 20s.  My only concern is the standing water in spots from yesterday’s rain which could freeze. So, be careful out there. Looking forward to Wednesday as sunshine returns. This will give temperatures a slight boost with highs near the mid 40s. We’ll stay quite mild in the […]

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