George Graphos - WBAY

George Graphos

George Graphos

Chief Meteorologist

Member National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society

George doesn't have one of those classic young meteorologist stories of spending his youth engaged in the search for the true actual air temperature by counting the chirps of a lone cricket and thus was born his penchant for "the perfect forecast."

Truth be told, George's love of all things weather came quite by happenstance.

A friend contacted George, offering him a crew position aboard a sailboat returning to the Great Lakes from the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Possessing neither the skills required to save oneself from a body of water deeper that six feet nor the ownership of a rich history of deep water sailing, George keenly surmised that being single -- and ignorantly fearless -- he would seize the opportunity with little or no delay. After all, it was college summer break and this favorable combination of circumstances seemed to be exciting.

It wasn't long before George became smitten with sailing and soon discovered his passion for "all things weather," and thus initiated a mid-course correction toward the study of Meteorology and the Geosciences.

After completing his studies at Northern Michigan University and the University of Texas at Dallas, he landed his first position in broadcast news as Meteorologist for WLUC-TV in Marquette, Michigan. He then worked as on-air Meteorologist for KPNX-TV in Phoenix before arriving at WBAY in Green Bay in 1985 as Chief Meteorologist.

George says, "I feel blessed that these twists of fate have brought me and my family to northeast Wisconsin. WBAY has become a wonderful professional partner, and the fine people here in northern Wisconsin have become dear friends."

George can be found speaking in school classrooms, to clubs and organizations, as well as emceeing various events in the area.

In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family to locales as near as Door County and as far as anywhere in Europe.

He says, "I have way too many hobbies and interests, and far too little time to enjoy them. Painting, watercolors, computer graphics, photography and, most importantly, sports car racing at one of my favorite places in the world, Elkhart Lake's Road America, both as a race fan and a racer!"

And now we come back to "What is the temperature?"

George says, "Count the number of cricket chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Example: 30 chirps+40=70°F."

By the way, to convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count the number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get the temperature. Example: 48 chirps/(divided by) 3+4=20°C

Follow George Graphos on Twitter, @GraphosWBAY. Email George at ggraphos@wbay.com.

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