Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends! We’re so glad you could attend! Come inside! Come inside!

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.

Most of the time it’s all cut-and-paste “I-like-this-but-not-that” stuff. Well, I change that up here. This is stream-of-consciousness bio stuff. Try and keep up. (Actually, and truthfully, I’ve been told that this “blogging” and “internet” stuff hasn’t really caught on yet by our resident know-it-alls… no, really!

So, I’m just waiting for the ‘experts’ take on when things will really zoom! :)

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, 17, who attends Germantown High School and plays baritone saxophone in the GHS Marching Band, and Emma, 15, who plays flute in the Houston High marching band. We also have four dogs: Ella, Zoe, Maizie and now 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


    UPCOMING ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS     Green Matters for Shelby County Women: Urban gardening at local schools– (Oct 28, 12:15-12:45pm).  Free.  Hear Marie Dennan from The Kitchen Community speak about their urban gardening projects in schools. Network with other women that are interested in environmental issues.  Bring your own lunch, no RSVP required.

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    Memphis to see mainly snow overnight

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

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    Winter Weather Advisory issued due to snow and ice

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

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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.

  • WX Rain

    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.

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    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

      Even more weather? Sure! We can do that!    More weather than a typical on-air weathercast allows, this is your opportunity to grab the complete Mid-South forecast on the go through wreg.com and a whole lot more. Welcome to News Channel 3’s exclusive online video weatherblog  #WeatherOvertime  for early Saturday, November 28, 2015. Austen L. Onek,   AMS  Meteorologist  /  Station Scientist  FB       TW       G+     Insta     Tumblr     YouTube   >>> austen.onek@wreg.com           WREG-TV News […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    A Winter Weather Advisory is issued when a variety of winter precipitation may be possible

  • Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Until Tuesday

    A major Arctic air mass has plunged into the Mid-South

  • Winter Weather Advisory Saturday & Sunday

    Advisory is for 10th to ¼ inch of Freezing Rain and accumulations of Sleet of less than ½ inch

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    Originally posted on koshersamurai:
    Thanks once again to NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for this amazing Photograph. Explanation: What type of cloud is that? This retreating cumulonimbus cloud, more commonly called a thundercloud, is somewhat unusual as it contains the unusual bumpiness of a mammatus cloud on the near end, while simultaneously producing falling rain on the far end. (Credit: Amazing Sky Photography: Alan Dyer) Taken in mid-June in southern Alberta, Canada, the cloud is moving to the east, into the distance, as the sun sets in…


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