Meteorologist Mike Hoffman
Chief Meteorologist for WNDU-TV, AgDay and US Farm Report
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Mike Hoffman has been the 16 News Now Chief Meteorologist since returning to Michiana in 1994. He has spent most of his life in Indiana and Michigan, so he is very used to watching weather around the area.
Mike has always loved the weather ever since he can remember. His mom always told the story of how he would pull the rocking horse up to the front door when he was 2 or 3 years old just to watch the snow fall. On the night of April 3rd, 1974, Mike spent much of the time listening to a transistor radio of the tremendous tornado damage of the “Super Outbreak”. It was a day he’ll never forget, and the reason he is so passionate about warning others of severe weather.
Hoffman graduated as Valedictorian of his Delphi Community High School class in 1977, and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Purdue University in 1981. After graduation, he moved away from the area for three years of great experience, working for Accu-Weather, Inc. in State College, PA. However, he wanted to try television and get back to the Midwest, and the perfect opportunity came up. Mike took his first television job right here in Michiana at WSJV, now the Fox affiliate, in 1984. Following that, he was a Meteorologist for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis for three years, and Chief Meteorologist for WNEM-TV in Saginaw, MI for six years. He is privileged to have worked for two different mentors and “heroes” of his, Bob Gregory in Indianapolis, and Dick Addis here at WNDU. “Not many people are that lucky” Mike likes to say.
Besides doing the weekday evening weathercasts here at WNDU, Hoffman also tapes the weather segments for AgDay and US Farm Report, which are shown on over 160 stations across the country. His weather reports have the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Mike's outside activities and hobbies include camping and hiking, as well as speaking to community organizations and school groups. He and his wife are active members of the United Methodist Church, and Mike has been to Tapachula, Mexico 10 different times to work with underprivileged children . Mike also loves sports of all kinds and enjoys playing volleyball and working out.
Mike and Cindy Hoffman have two children: Kara and Christopher, both whom graduated from Purdue and have moved to other parts of the country. Recently, they welcomed 2 beautiful granddaughters. They love to camp in their pop-up camper, and to travel around the country. Their favorite vacations when their children were growing up were extended road trips to visit different parts of our country. They have traveled to all but a handful of the lower 48 states.