Who is Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel?
Born James M. Cantore on the 16th of February 1964, in Beacon Falls, Connecticut USA, Jim is a 54-year-old Caucasian meteorologist nicknamed ‘Storm Tracker’, best known from being one of the most memorable faces on The Weather Channel, on which he relays the situations of various calamities, often after going to the scene himself. Aside from TWC, he hasn’t worked for any other news channel, being active in the sometimes lucrative reporting business since 1986.
Early Life and Education
Jim’s family moved early in his life, and he was actually raised in White River Junction, Vermont USA. Although not much information is available regarding his early youth, it is public knowledge that he attended Lyndon State College and graduated with a BS degree in Meteorology in 1986. His peers apparently called him ‘Rocky’ in college.
He started off with an internship at The Weather Channel as a weather forecaster right after graduating, and Jim’s career has since blossomed. One of the main reasons why he rose to the height of fame that he has now is because he was often at the scene to report the most dangerous weather situations across the country. Starting with disastrous hurricanes like Andrews, he also covered the Gustav, Isabel, Floyd, Rita, Mitch, Bonnie, Sandy and Irene calamities, to name a few. He has also reported on the Winter X games as well as PGA tournaments, and he also attended one of the most promising space achievements – the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. In the year of 2002, he received the highly esteemed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) David S. Johnson Award for his ingenious use of environmental satellite technology. Although he is mostly known as a reporter, he also developed the world-famous Fall Foliage Forecast. Additionally, he also reported from various NFL games, even though sports aren’t strictly related to his field of expertise. Ever since NBC Universal claimed TWC in 2008, Jim has been on and off the screen in The Today Show, while he also hosted weather predictions at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
In The Groin
One of the most scandalous videos featuring Jim Cantore emerged on the 28th of January 2014, while he was doing a live on-location report near the College of Charleston, South Carolina. In the middle of his report, and seemingly out of nowhere, a young man unexpectedly started shouting and charging at the famous meteorologist. As if completely undisturbed by the situation, Jim casually raised his knee in the direction of the attacker and landed it into the man’s groin. Even though this was technically an act of violence, it was in self-defense, and Jim was never blamed for this incident. The identity of the young man remains unknown.
Jim met his now ex-wife Tamara Cantore during his internship at TWC, where they both worked; the exact date when they started dating is unknown, they married in 1990, and together they had two daughters – Christina in 1993, and Ben in 1995. Unfortunately for their union, Tamara was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which likely caused them to split up in 2007. Later on, Jim found out that both of his children also carry the Fragile X gene. Thus, Jim is known for his charitable donations to FRAXA (The Fragile X Research Foundation), as well as to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk.
Since Jim wasn’t generally seen posting any pictures with women after he divorced his wife, likely helped by the fact that he did post pictures with various men, this gave rise to certain rumors regarding his sexuality. Various gossipers speculated that Jim Cantore might now be gay, but this remains pure speculation, and is contradicted by the fact that he was rumored to be dating Alexandra Steele, but that also remains unconfirmed.
What is Jim Cantore’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Jim Cantore is, as of early 2018? According to various reputable sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Jim’s accumulated wealth is over $3.5 million. Undoubtedly, the growth of this figure has been helped by his success in reporting, journalism and meteorology, especially during the years he worked for The Weather Channel. Considering the fact that his career is not over yet, this value can be expected to rise.
Concerning the physical specifications of the experienced meteorologist, his height is at 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73m), while his weight is still mysteriously unstated to the media. He is currently bald, his eyes are light brown, while his stature seems athletic, and his body quite average.
Social Media Presence
Since it is nowadays a regular thing for various celebrities to nurture a close and flourishing relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing their popularity and thus net worth, Jim doesn’t stray from this path either. His Facebook profile currently enjoys over 375,000 followers, while his Twitter account boasts more than 1,150,000 followers at the moment, and his Instagram account is currently followed by almost 50,000 fans.