KEYC Mankato, MN
Mace was born and raised in Minnesota, where his intrigue for weather and broadcasting grew at a young age. His 30 years in broadcasting have taken him all across the Midwest and in the South. During high school and college, Mace first worked at a number of radio stations which helped pay tuition bills and get him ready for a career in television. His first TV Meteorology job was in Wausau, WI, followed by stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Fort Myers, FL, Tampa, FL, Cedar Rapids, IA and then across the country on WeatherNation. He is also a game-day Meteorologist for the Minnesota Twins.
What inspired you to become a meteorologist?
I grew up in rural Central Minnesota where all four seasons are well represented, often to the extreme! That curiosity to understand the changes, and intrigue to try and figure out why the weather behaved as it did, drove me to an interest in Meteorology.
What is your most memorable weather experience?
Severe weather on our wedding day. Our groomsman wanted to chase storms! The wind was strong enough to uproot trees in town and rip shingles off the roof of the church. Also, a blizzard when I was 4 years old. The snow was drifted over our windows of our house and to the top of the kitchen door. Plus Dad stayed home from work!
Outside of weather, what are your hobbies and interests?
I like to travel with my wife, Kim. During downtime, I love playing with our Yorkies, Eddie and Mollie, and our kitty Ellie. Watching sports too, especially Twins baseball and UND Fighting Sioux hockey.
Besides your parents, who has influenced you the most in your life?
My Grandparents. My Grandma made hundreds of copies of maps for me to draw fronts on when I was young. My intrigue in broadcasting started when my Grandpa gave me a small transistor radio when I was 4. The two interests peaked together when they coordinated a tour of a National Weather Service office and a TV station weather center when I was 10. I was hooked!
What is a little known fact about you?
I am the game-day Meteorologist for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are the only team in MLB that have a meteorologist at the park for every home game.
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
Weather forecasting has changed so much in the last 30 years and I look forward to seeing it continue to move forward! When I started in meteorology, everything we looked at was on paper - current conditions, forecast models, even some satellite and radar charts were printed. Data was limited then, but now the sky is the limit for data. So much is available to look at and it's all at our fingertips right on any computer. I look forward to seeing forecasting, especially for severe weather, continue to improve.