Mike Lynch is a native Minnesotan who grew up in Richfied, Minnesota in the 1960ís. He attended St. Peterís Grade school and Holy Angels High School. After two years at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities he transferred to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology in 1979. Shortly after he was hired as a broadcast meteorologist at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis and has been there for over 30 years. Mike has covered all kinds of weather from deadly tornados to record cold snaps. In fact on February 2nd, 1996, he broadcasted from Tower, Minnesota when the temperature dropped down to 60 below zero, an all time record low for the state of Minnesota.
Mikeís other passion since he was a teenager has been astronomy. He built his first telescope when he was 15 years old. For over 40 years Mike has been teaching classes and putting on star parties through community education, nature centers, and other entities throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. His goal is to help people make the stars their old friends.
From 2004 to 2007 Mike wrote Astronomy/Stargazing books through Voyageur Press for Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New England, New Jersey, The Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and Southern Canada.
Mike Lynch also wrote WCCO Minnesota Weather Watch in 2007 and was a finalist in the recent Minnesota Book Awards.
On top of that Mike also writes a weekly Starwatch column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and more than two dozen other newspapers across the United States.
Mike, his wife Kathy, and their two children, Angie and Shaun live in Eagan, Minnesota.
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