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Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs!

This is where the good stuff ends up! Glad you could stop by! This is where you read all the stuff about people you see on TV.

I am originally from Topeka, KS and graduated from The University of Kansas in 1991 with a degree in atmospheric science & physics (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!).

I have been at WREG-TV since November 1997, working at Fort Smith/Fayetteville’s KFSM-5 and Topeka, KS KTKA-49 before arriving here.

I also work part-time at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum on the Educational Department staff as their scientific advisor. I help instruct/perform several science classes including our “Magic of Science!” show in the Discovery Theater, and the Physical Science Lab downstairs near the CTI 3-D Giant theater, the only underground theater of its kind on the planet. We also have many other programs for students available, including Dive Into Sharks!, Tennessee Frontier, Microscopes and our WeatherWhys. Come by and see the exhibits! http://www.memphismuseums.org

Since graduating KU in May of 1991, I have spoken at over 250 schools, organizations, events in regards to weather, science, technology, careers, emergency preparedness and amateur radio.

While at school presentations, I’m usually seen in the company of a large, multi-colored, portable tornado vortex generator that uses dry ice to create a miniature tornado. Want me to come to your school / event (weather/schedule permitting)? Drop me an e-mail: austen.onek@wreg.com

One of my favorite things is to help our viewing audience be more prepared for severe weather. I’ve been an amateur radio operator since February of 2000. My FCC license is KG4GKE. Usually, you can find me on 146.820 mHz, the Delta Amateur Radio Club repeater system. (www.deltaclub.org) Although there are many other radio repeaters around the Mid-South. Want to get your license and start having fun as a ‘ham’? Visit http://www.arrl.net or http://www.helloradio.org today!

My wife, Melissa, is a Shelby County Teacher Of Excellence, currently teaching 7th Grade Science at Bon Lin Middle School. We have two kids: Tristan, 18, who attends East Tennessee State University studying computer science, and Emma, 18, who plays mallets in the Houston High marching band, planning on attending The University of Memphis to study nursing. We also have three dogs: Ella, Zoe, and Marlo the Shorkie. Welcome to Skeldale House.

I’ve always been interested in weather as long as I can remember. Meteorologists like that are called “weather weenies” – no, really! I’m also interested in cooking, reading, astronomy, cryptogram puzzles, graphic art design, webcomics, amateur radio, photography and a lot of other stuff too numerous to mention. I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 59 in the Jayhawk Area Council in Topeka. These are a few of my favorite things, but not all of my favorite things, that make me feel real loose like a long-necked goose, and oh bay-buh! That’s what I like. With a courteous sneer to commentator Ian Shoales, I gotta’ go.

Austen L. Onek, AMS Meteorologist / Station Scientist


Recent Articles
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    The advisory will go into effect at 9:00 PM this evening until 1:00 PM Monday.

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued due to snow and ice

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  • Mid-South may get more snow Monday

    Temperatures will be around 20 degrees Monday morning, during rush hour in the Memphis metro area.

  • Flash Flood Warning in effect for the Mid-South

    Tonight: Rain changing over to a short burst of rain/freezing rain mix south of I-40, ending past midnight.

  • Winter Storm: When, where and how much

    Wind chills could bottom out to around zero to just below zero into early Sunday morning, and again on Monday morning early.

  • Weather Overtime

    Tonight’s Periscope/Twitter Weather Overtime disappeared into the aether, so – as an added bonus – here’s tonight’s Facebook Live video weather quick update from my page. All that and much more on #WREG @3onyourside exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime. #ShareAndEnjoy   AUSTEN L. ONEK,   AMS  METEOROLOGIST   /   STATION SCIENTIST    FB         TW         G+       INSTA        TUMBLR      YOUTUBE      >>>  AUSTEN.ONEK@WREG.COM WREG-TV NEWS CHANNEL 3 SEVERE WEATHER CENTER MEMPHIS, TN, USA    […]

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