Don Schwenneker
Honored with two Associated Press Awards for Best Weathercast, Don Schwenneker is a meteorologist for ABC11 Eyewitness News in the morning. He holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society as well as a Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Don joined Eyewitness News from Chicago where he served as a meteorologist for WBBM-TV. Prior to that, Don worked for WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He began his weather career over 20 years ago as a lead forecaster for KBIM-TV in Roswell, New Mexico.

As for his moniker, "Big Weather," Don was given that nickname by a colleague for two reasons. First, he's 6'5" and one of the taller meteorologists on TV. Second, during big weather events from tornadoes to flood warnings, Don was always on TV. So whenever there was big weather in the forecast, "Big Weather" was on TV. And the name has stuck ever since!

Don's family comes first in his life. He's married and has three children. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 7 years in Pennsylvania. He is a certified rescue technician & first responder. In addition to firefighting, Don's public service includes Police, Fire, and EMS dispatching and national certification as a 911 call-taker/dispatcher.

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Archive
The first death attributed to Hurricane Maria has been reported in Guadeloupe, officials say. Maria is expected to hit Puerto Rico Wednesday morning.
Irma. It seems like we've been talking about it forever. It's actually been two weeks, but it seems like forever. One of the reasons we started talking about it so soon? Some people chose to post one model, 10 days in advance.
Thousands of people are without electricity after the outer bands from Tropical Storm Irma swept across North Carolina.
Do you have a weather emergency plan? With 3 named storms out there, it's a good time to think about having one.
It's my favorite season. Summer is hot, winter is cold, and spring is wet, but fall... With crisp nights, warm late-day sun, and fall colors, it just doesn't get any better for me. So, fall foliage forecast is something I pay close attention to.