Don Schwenneker - Meteorologist at ABC11
Don "Big Weather" Schwenneker is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC11 Eyewitness News. 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.

Don is also ABC11's resident food expert. He showcases his talent for flavor every Friday in his Big Recipe segment.



Don's Stories
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Southwestern Quiche
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for a southwestern style quiche.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Chili Mac & Cheese
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for chili mac & cheese.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: No-Peek Chicken
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for no-peek chicken.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Lo Mein
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for lo mein.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Chinese Pork Chops
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for Chinese pork chops.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Holiday Tarts
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for holiday tarts.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for broccoli cheddar soup.
Big Weather's big recipe: Lots O' Latkes
Big Weather breaks out a kosher recipe in honor of one of his childhood friends and of the Hanukkah festival.
Sweet Potato Casserole: Big Weather's Big Recipe
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for sweet potato casserole.
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Mom's Pumpkin Bread
Check out Big Weather's Big Recipe for mom's pumpkin bread.