T-storm Weather reports are primarily written and produced by Mike Tannura, but we work with several consultants to develop our various products. A brief biography for each consultant is below:
Mike Tannura is the owner of T-storm Weather. He has a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Iowa State University (1998) and a Master of Science in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007).
As founder of T-storm Weather, he uses his backgrounds in meteorology and agricultural economics to develop clear, concise, and unbiased weather outlooks that focus on the information in which markets are focused.
Prior to working in the grain industry, Mike worked for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Illinois and KHAS-TV in Hastings, Nebraska from 1998 – 2004. He’s certified by the American Meteorological Society for excellence and competence in television weathercasting. This exemplifies his ability to make complicated data understandable, yet meaningful.
In 2005, Mike worked as intern for Kraft Foods’ Commodity Research and Dairy Procurement Departments in Northfield, Illinois. In this forum Mike provided dairy, grain, oilseed, and energy weather outlooks to help reduce their exposure to price fluctuations.
He accredits much of his forecasting ability to a college internship with Tom Skilling at WGN-TV in Chicago and Bill Gallus at Iowa State University. They each helped him formalize the accurate forecasting techniques he uses today.
In 2007, Mike completed his Master Thesis titled "Weather, Corn and Soybean Yields, and Technology in the U.S. Corn Belt". His thesis adviser was Scott Irwin and committe members included Darrel Good and Gary Schnitkey.
Meteorologist Ed Kieser is an expert in weather forecasting and analysis, specializing in agricultural and severe weather. His decades of experience include an extensive background in weather forecasting, broadcasting, teaching, and public speaking.
Ed has been studying weather maps since he was a 9-year-old preparing elaborate weather presentations for his family. Growing up in the "snow belt" of northeast Ohio, Ed found plenty of weather phenomena to interest him.
His interest in weather led to a bachelor's degree (1983) and then a master's degree (1987) in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University. His master’s thesis advisor was Dr. Greg Forbes, the current severe weather expert for The Weather Channel. While at Penn State, Ed took a few classes in broadcasting and worked as television weather anchor for WNEP-TV in Scranton, and as a country music deejay for WGMR-FM in State College.
In 1987 Ed joined WILL Radio-TV-Online at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was Chief Meteorologist for 23 years. It was there that Ed became an expert in agricultural weather, providing detailed forecasts for producers across Illinois and Indiana and specialized weather forecasts for key national and international corn, soybean, and wheat production areas impacting global agricultural commodity markets.
Ed holds the designation of “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” from the American Meteorological Society. He was the 11th person in the country to earn this distinction.
As a member of the part-time faculty at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois Ed taught Introduction to Weather, a 4-credit laboratory science course, for 19 years. He is now a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois developing and teaching the online course Broadcast Meteorology.
Ed is based in Columbus, Ohio and has been providing meteorological and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services for T-storm Weather since 2011.