Mike Thompson is the Chief Meteorologist for WDAF. Before joining the station in 1992, Mike was the Chief Meteorologist at KCTV in Kansas City for nine years. Mike was born in Wichita, Kansas, but grew up in Burlington, KS. He studied meteorology in the United States Navy, where he was a weather forecaster on the U.S.S. Lexington until 1979. He began his television career in Oklahoma City, at KOKH-TV and KWTV. He then moved to WPCQ-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mike is a holder of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval. The seal is given to those broadcast meteorologists who display an excellence in presenting their weather program to viewers in a manner that enhances the science of meteorology. In 2006, he became the first Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in Kansas City. Between 2006 and 2007, he has won four Emmy Awards for his meteorological work on-air and in the community. In 1997, he was one of 100 meteorologists from across the United States to be personally invited by President Clinton to attend a Global Warming conference in Washington, D.C.