Chief Meteorologist Doug Moats joined the First Warn 5 Weather Team in September, 2012. He comes to WNEM-TV with over 13 years of forecasting experience.
Doug grew up in Indiana. A native of the Midwest, Doug got his start forecasting the weather when he was a shipboard weather observer in the U.S. Navy. Doug forecasted aboard U.S.S. Inchon just after the first Gulf War. Doug studied communications along with radio and television arts at the University of Southern Indiana. After graduating from USI, Doug moved to the state of California to pursue some post graduate work. During that time, he got the witness first-hand the devastating damage of a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Northridge, California.
While in college, Doug performed commercial voiceovers, read morning news and worked as a radio disc jockey. Doug landed his first job in front of the camera as a weathercaster on KECI-TV in Missoula, Montana. Doug provided wildland fire forecasts during the 1999 historic fire season, when wild fires scorched over a million acres of forest land in Idaho and Montana. Yearning for more experience, he moved back to Indiana for his second TV gig as a "weatherman/reporter" at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While in Fort Wayne, Doug attained a second bachelor's degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Eventually, WUPW, FOX Toledo made Doug a great offer to be their Chief Meteorologist. Doug worked there for three years.
Doug has three children, all boys. He has a son, Braedyn who is five years old and identical twin boys, Colin and Raylon who are 4 years old. He also has family that live in St. Clair county. So moving to mid Michigan is like a homecoming.
In his free time, Doug enjoys most outdoor activities, sports and spending time with his family.
To contact Doug, email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org