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. OrderedDict([('b', 'Q & A')]) OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite Things')])
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! OrderedDict([('b', OrderedDict([('u', '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. OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite book:')]) o The Hunger Games series. OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite CBS show:')]) o The Price is Right, and Criminal Minds. OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite food:')]) o Italian! Pasta, and pizza. OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite hobby:')]) o Baking OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite movie:')]) o Bridesmaids, Grease, or any Marvel movie. OrderedDict([('b', 'Favorite music:')]) o This is hard because I love country, and 80s hits. OrderedDict([('b', '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!
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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. OrderedDict([('b', 'Q&A')]) OrderedDict([('span', OrderedDict([('@id', 'U71072367784SlL'), ('b', 'Favorite Things')]))])
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.