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
I joined the News Center 7 team as a weekend meteorologist in September 2018. As an Indiana native, I am excited to be back in the Midwest and calling Ohio home!
I graduated from Ball State University, with a bachelor of science degree in Meteorology and Climatology. While in college I began interning at News Center 7, where I learned about more about weather patterns, and how that plays a significant role in forecasting for the Miami Valley.
Before coming to Dayton, I spent months in Charleston, WV at WOWK, covering everything from severe weather to catastrophic flooding’s. In addition to forecasting and on-air duties at WHIO, I enjoy speaking to local schools and various groups about the weather, and careers in television.
In my spare time, you can catch me at the pool, traveling and exploring all the city has to offer!
Q & A
Where were you born?
o Richmond, IN
Where did you grow up?
o Richmond, IN
What was your favorite tv show back then?
o Full House
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
o Actually, a meteorologist!
How might someone have described you in high school?
o Outgoing, and kind.
What was your first job?
o A waitress at Bob Evans.
What was your first job in television?
o Weekend Meteorologist at WOWK.
What do you like about your job?
o The ability to take difficult weather phenomena, and explain it in a way that you understand.
What do you not like about your job?
o Working long hours, and not getting much sleep.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
o I am not a crafty person. I can’t paint a good picture, or do any decent looking DIY projects. Even my pumpkin carving skills are not the greatest!
What is the hardest thing you ever did?
o Growing up and leaving my family.
What would be a perfect day for you?
o Going on an adventure with my husband, Mitchell! Visiting a place we’ve never been before and finding something fun to do.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
o Have a passion for weather, and use it to the best of your ability. Your passion will show in your work, and it’ll take you places you couldn’t imagine going. Just like Benjamin Franklin once said, “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
o Being handed my meteorology degree at graduation, the first time being on tv, and my first day here at WHIO.
o The Hunger Games series.
Favorite CBS show:
o The Price is Right, and Criminal Minds.
o Italian! Pasta, and pizza.
o Bridesmaids, Grease, or any Marvel movie.
o This is hard because I love country, and 80s hits.
Favorite travel destination:
o The Great Plains. When I went storm chasing in the summer at Ball State, I saw the beauty out west has to offer! Highly suggest going on an adventure!
I am thrilled wake up early to be a part of the Storm Center 7 team as the morning meteorologist for Channel 7 and AM 1290/News 95.7 WHIO radio. Growing up in Cleveland, I was exposed to all that Ohio weather has to offer from strong storms to lake-effect snow. It made me curious at a young age to learn why we see the weather we see. That urge to challenge myself and find the answers is something I continue to work towards in each forecast. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Broadcast News and a Meteorology specialization. I also completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Certificate Program and then continued my education further to finish a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology. I am a member of the National Weather Association. In 2017, I am proud to say that I took home an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy award for my work on our team’s severe weather special, “Surviving the Storm.” We also took home a second place award for that same special in the “best documentary” category from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Right after graduation I accepted a job in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a weekend meteorologist and weekday video journalist. Forecasting for a region greatly influenced by Lake Erie was a wonderful challenge and helped me grow professionally. Between severe weather season and lake-effect snow in the winter, there was never a dull moment. If I’m not in the weather center I am probably outside enjoying the day or looking for a new restaurant to try.
Where were you born? Illinois
Where did you grow up? Eastlake, Ohio
What was your favorite TV show then? Rugrats
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A singer and I have plenty of embarrassing home videos when I was young to prove it.
How might someone have described you in high school?
I think they would say I was friendly and motivated. I liked to challenge myself so I did everything from taking AP Biology to singing in our show choir. I made a lot of great friends through the years.
Were you involved in any high school sports? I played fast pitch softball and was a cheerleader.
What was your first journalism job?
My first paid job was in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a weekend meteorologist and weekday video journalist. Northeast Ohio is a challenging part of the state to forecast for with everything from lake-effect snow to severe weather. First experience ever on-air was doing weather for our nightly newscast on the PBS-affiliate WOUB at Ohio University.
What do you like about your job? I am never bored. Each day brings a unique challenge to the forecast and that’s exciting to me.
What don’t you like about your job? You don’t always get to sleep as much as you’d like, especially during severe weather season, but the good out weighs the bad.
If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off? Trying to cook something or taking a walk. I love being outside.
What might people be surprised to know about you? I went zip-lining and loved it!
What would be a perfect day for you? Taking a hike on a beautiful fall day then enjoying a new restaurant for dinner. I’m not a picky eater at all so I love finding new places to try.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Meteorologist?
Make sure it is what you really want to do because weather becomes a huge part of your life. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing long hours won’t matter.
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite CBS show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite food: Italian, especially pizza
Favorite hobby: Cooking
Favorite movie: She’s the Man
Favorite music: Rock
Favorite travel destination:
Chicago. I go every year with my mom and it’s the highlight of my summer.
I am very excited to be back in my home state and it is an honor to be a part of the award-winning Storm Center 7 team. Growing up in Akron, I had a chance to experience anything from copious amounts of lake effect snow to searing summers with severe thunderstorms. In fact, it is those thunderstorms that sparked my interest in weather. I’ve always been a news junkie, even at an early age and wanted to be a news anchor then decided that I would blend my weather and anchoring desires and become a broadcast meteorologist. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences. Soon after graduating, I became a Weekend Meteorologist for The Ohio News Network, based in Columbus. After spending some time with ONN, I accepted a position as the Weekday Morning and Noon Meteorologist for WNCT-TV9 in Greenville, North Carolina (near the Outer Banks). While there, I had the chance to track hurricanes and other tropical systems. After spending the last 5 and a half years in eastern North Carolina, enjoying the warm climate and the beaches, I felt the call to come back home to the Buckeye State and the Birthplace of Aviation. While most of my time has been spent in northeast Ohio and central Ohio, I am thrilled about getting to know the people and places of the Miami Valley.
Where did you grow up? Akron, Ohio
What was your favorite tv show back then? Saturday morning cartoons
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? An Astronaut
How might someone have described you in high school? Friendly, outgoing and a social butterfly. The life of the party. I was the PA announcer and the mascot (Garfield Rams).
Were you involved in any high school sports? No. I like watching sports but I’m not any good at them.
What was your first journalism job? I was the Weekend Morning Meteorologist for The Ohio News Network. I interned at the station while in college and was lucky enough to get a part-time job there as a result.
What do you like about your job? I am a people person and I get to interact with a lot of people in the community whether it be at community events or through social media. I love learning about different types of weather and this job allows me to do that.
What do you not like about your job? The hours on the job during severe weather can be demanding but the positives outweigh the negatives when you realize what you’re here for, which is to warn people of eminent danger.
If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off? I like to travel (one tank trips if you will) to places where I can hop in the car for a day and visit.
What might people be surprised to know about you? I love city skylines and learning a about urbanization and culture (what makes cities operate, how does population affect growth, infrastructure etc…)
What would be a perfect day for you? Spending the day on the beach. I love the beach and the ocean
Book: Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nate McCall
CBS show: Madam Secretary
Hobby: Working out
Movies: Avatar or The Avengers
Music: Gospel / 90s R&B / 90s Pop
Travel destination: NYC. Did I mention that I love cities…
Hello, Dayton! I’ve made a short trip from the north to join Storm Center 7 for my second job as an on air meteorologist. I started my career at WLIO in Lima, OH where I climbed to the position of Chief Meteorologist. You'll now find me on Channel 7 as the Weekend Meteorologist.
I was born in Lima, but grew up in Columbus Grove, OH. I graduated from Columbus Grove High School in 2010, then shortly after moved to Columbus, OH to attend the Ohio State University. At OSU I earned my bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science. After my sophomore year in college I joined the Ohio Army National Guard and fulfilled a three year contract.
Some of my favorite hobbies include fantasy baseball, lifting weights, and collecting coins. I'm a huge fan of playing and watching all kinds of sports, but football and baseball are probably at the top of my list.
By far, my absolute greatest passion is weather. From a young age I have had a huge interest in the weather and climate. With a proper education and understanding of how weather works, my passion has grown beyond a hobby into a career. I’m excited to join and contribute to an excellent team of meteorologists as we work to keep all of you safe.