Mike Prangley joined WTLV TV-12 AND WJXX-TV 25 in September 2010. He came to us from WLFI News Channel 18 in Lafayette, Ind., where he was chief meteorologist for the past 10 years. He was known for keeping folks calm and safe during severe weather which included tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards. Before that he was in Myrtle Beach and covered Hurricane Bonnie. If that wasn't enough he was also an on-air meteorologist in Duluth, Minn., where his weather-watcher recorded the state record low of minus 60 which still stands today. In Gainesville, Fla., he will never forget how it rained frogs during his first on-air weathercast.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Mike. He is a graduate of the University of North Florida and knows all about our crazy Florida weather, including the Christmas ice storm of 1989 which shut the city down. He remembers taking weather observations on the roof here at WTLV-TV 12, recording a 76 mph wind gust during the March 1993 storm of the century. Then a few hours later he got out the heavy coat and tracked snow flurries across the area.
"Being a television meteorologist is a childhood dream come true. This is not a job to me but my passion. My goal has always been to someday to come back home and do weather where it all began. My experience will help me deliver an accurate forecast and I look forward to getting involved in this great community helping to make it a better place to live."
Mike married a Nease High School graduate, Julie, and has three daughters that absolutely love the beach and pool. He has completed eight marathons including the Run with Donna. He also enjoys talking to students, area groups and clubs, and volunteering time to charity.
Mike attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., for meteorology where he learned hands-on forecasting and researched at Mount Washington, N.H., which is known to have the world's worst weather. Mike finished his broadcast meteorology degree at Mississippi State. He also has a broadcast journalism degree from the University of North Florida.