John Gross joined the First Warn 5 Weather Team in January 2018 as a Trainee Meteorologist. Since December 2018, he's become the weekend/weekday Meteorologist.
He is very excited to continue getting real-life forecasting experience in his home state of Michigan as well as getting to work with the rest of the First Warn 5 Weather Team.
He was born and raised in Maybee, MI, a little town south of Detroit. Even since John was a child growing up, his love for weather was very noticeable. He would always be wanting to watch the Weather Channel instead of cartoons like more kids would watch. One of his favorite shows that he would always watch growing up was Storm Stories with Jim Cantore.
John is a 2012 graduate of Monroe High School. From there, he went on to Monroe County Community College for two years to obtain his Associate’s degree in May 2014. Then, went on to Central Michigan University for four years and obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology along with a minor in Mathematics in May 2018. Along the way, John earned valuable forecasting experience at CMU while working at the award-winning on-campus station News Central 34. He also took part in several internships during college including; Fox 2 Detroit and WLNS 6 Lansing.
Being able to see and understand the science behind the many different kinds of hazardous weather phenomenon and the damage that they can cause to structures and people’s lives is what inspired John to study Meteorology. Some other well-known meteorologists and mentors that inspired John included Rich Luterman, Jerry Hodak, and Ginger Zee.
When John isn’t hard at work forecasting, some of his favorite hobbies include spending time with friends and family, spending time outdoors whether it’s on the lake or camping, or just discovering the newest song to update his music playlist.