Mike Tannura

Mike Tannura is the founder and owner of T-storm Weather. Hemike tannura earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Iowa State University in 1998, and a Master of Science in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 (including a thesis titled “Weather, Corn and Soybean Yields, and Technology in the U.S. Corn Belt”).

Mike was born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago and always had a terrific fear of thunderstorms, as well as a fascination with weather.  His career essentially began at age 13 when he wrote a letter to WGN-TV Meteorologist Tom Skilling explaining that he wanted to be a meteorologist someday.  Mr. Skilling received the letter and invited Mike and his family to visit the studio and see how the weather forecasts were made for television.  Years later in 1996, Mike interned with Tom and decided to pursue a career in broadcasting.

Mike’s first full-time job was in 1998 as the on-camera morning and midday meteorologist for KHAS-TV in Hastings, Nebraska.  There, he was certified by the American Meteorological Society for excellence and competence in television weathercasting.  He left in 2001 for a weekend meteorologist opening at WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois and stayed until 2004.

Mike would occasionally report on agricultural issues for each television station, which developed an interest in how weather affected crops and livestock.  He decided to return to school in 2004 to learn how weather affected agricultural futures markets and have additional career opportunities. After an internship in 2005 in Kraft Foods’ Commodity Research and Dairy Procurement Departments, Mike realized there was a need for better weather forecasts and analyses for grain market participants.

Mike developed the T-storm Weather subscription service in the winter and spring of 2006, and opened for business on June 1, 2006.   Although there were only a few subscribers at first, very accurate forecasting with easy-to-understand maps and text led to overwhelmingly positive reviews.  Mike hoped that with time word would spread and more subscribers would arrive, and today there are hundreds of subscribers managing grain and oilseed risk throughout nine countries on five continents.  The service has evolved in recent years to include more analyses of the impact of weather on crops through YieldCast® and our proprietary Geographic Information System crop-weather analyses, but the focus of T-storm Weather remains to provide very accurate and  easy-to-understand weather forecasts.