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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If you find yourself out on the roads during a snow or ice storm these simple tips may prevent you from crashing off the road.
Last week, Don 'Bigweather' Schwenneker wrote an article after viewers asked if it was true that it would snow 10 days after thunder during the winter. He's taken another look at the data and found some new, interesting results.
On Thursday morning we had thunderstorms roll through the viewing area, and immediately the questions starting flying. On Twitter, Facebook, and email folks started asking "Does that mean it's going to snow 10 days from now?"
The question I get asked the most this time of year is: "Will it be a White Christmas?"
The North Carolina DOT says it's brining some bridges and overpasses ahead of possible icing Saturday morning.