McCall Vrydaghs was named Chief Meteorologist of WHIO's Storm Center 7 team of Meteorologists in November 2018. Vrydaghs joined the team in 2012 and has covered a variety of weather events in the Miami Valley since then. She alerted the public to dangerous weather during the Vandalia, Cedarville and Beavercreek tornadoes, the 100-year-flood on I-70 in 2014, and the tornado outbreak of 2016. Most notably, on Memorial Day 2019, she tracked 15 tornadoes for nearly 4 hours as they ripped across the Miami Valley, included three EF3 tornadoes and one devastating EF4.
Due to her proven track record in tracking severe storms and winter weather in the Miami Valley, she earned the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Some of her other achievements include being awarded an EMMY from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2017 and to have been nominated in 2016 and 2019. She’s placed 1st in the Ohio Regional APME Awards for ‘Best Weathercast’ in 2017, and placed 2nd for 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Before moving to Ohio, Vrydaghs worked for Verizon FiOS1 News. Her forecasts were aired in New Jersey and across Long Island, NY. She also had the pleasure of broadcasting weather for the Yankees on the YES Network and for the Jets and Giants home games at MetLife stadium.
Vrydaghs earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego, New York in 2005.
You can watch Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs on WHIO-TV at 5-6:30pm and 11pm, Monday through Friday.
Q & A
Where were you born? Suffern, NY
Where did you grow up? Campbell Hall, NY
What was your favorite tv show back then? Family Matters
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
How might someone have described you in high school? Extremely outgoing, funny and caring.
What was your first job? Working the 10 items or less line at a local grocery store called “The Grand Union”.
What was your first job in television? Weekend Meteorologist at Verizon FiOS1 News New Jersey, and Long Island.
What do you like about your job? The challenge that each storm brings to the table.
What do you not like about your job? The potential for long hours. I remember working close to 24 hours straight during Hurricane Irene.
What might people be surprised to know about you? I participated in beauty pageants until the age of 13. On the more athletic side, I played soccer through college.
What is the hardest thing you ever did? Leave my family
What would be a perfect day for you? Relaxing at home with my husband and daughter.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Like every job, broadcast meteorology has its ups and downs. But if you love it enough, you can’t go wrong. There is always plenty of excitement, and new things to learn.
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it? My first day on air, broadcasting during Hurricane Irene, and my first day here at WHIO-TV.
Book: “State of Fear” by Michael Chrichton
CBS show(s): NCIS and Criminal Minds
Dream car: Maserati
Food: Ice Cream!!!
Dayton area place: Mama Disalvo’s
Movies: Wizard of Oz & Twister
Music: Frank Sinatra
Travel destination: North Myrtle Beach to see my grandmother