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
  • Tracking new storms later Tuesday… Scorching temperatures still on track, too

    We’ll inch up those temperatures a bit more come Tuesday before we see a scattering of thunderstorms track across the area by the evening hours.  Before the coverage arrives temperatures will climb into the 80s. Skies will quiet down both Wednesday and Thursday with highs approaching 90 degrees and heat indices in the low to mid 90s. Could see still see some widely scattered thunderstorms Thursday night as a front drifts on through.  But even that front won’t help cool […]

  • Shower chance come Sunday… Quite refreshing heading into next week… Trending dry, too

    Great way to end the work week with plenty of sunshine and a bit more tolerable on the level of humidity outside, too.  Highs will once again mde their way back into the 80s this afternoon. Tonight will be clear night with overnight lows around 59. We’ll make our way back into the 80s on Saturday with plenty of sunshine followed by some broken cloudiness developing that night into Sunday from the southeast. These clouds will still bring a few […]

  • A few strong storms for parts of the area this evening

    "Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop over eastern IA and northwest IL heading through the evening. Primary threats are hail up to quarter sized, torrential downpours and lightning."

  • Best Easter weekend in years on track… Rainfall to follow

    Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue for the rest of the month. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN A quiet and clear night will lead to major boost in numbers on Easter Sunday with highs approaching the 80 degree mark. This will be the warmest Easter Sunday since the Easter of 2014 when the […]

  • Spring Equinox… Day and night not so equal

    Equinox refers to "equal night".

  • Warmth in March? Get rid of the snow first

    Exceptionally cold starts to March have been typically tied to how much snow remains on the ground. All hope is not lost, though!

  • A good soaking followed by some crazy wind highlights our weekend

    By late tonight, we’ll be on the backside of this system allowing the rain to briefly changeover to snow before ending.  No worse than a good dusting expected especially for areas north of the Quad Cities. The next highlight will be all that crazy wind starting around the early morning hours on Sunday and lasting throughout the day.  Wind Advisory is in effect from midnight to 9pm Sunday as sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts winds over 50 mph […]

  • 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 […]

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