Hi there! My name is Mike Thomas and I am the newest addition to the FOX 5 Weather Team. I am the meteorologist weekday mornings from 4 to 6 a.m.
I am a local product, growing up in Prince Georges County and enjoying all that the Washington area has to offer. My love for meteorology grew from the extreme weather we often see here in the Mid-Atlantic.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards…we get them all! I graduated from DeMatha in Hyattsville, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to study physics and mathematics before finishing my degree at Penn State University in meteorology.
Before joining FOX 5, I was a meteorologist for Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Maryland. One of the top forecasting firms for commodities on the New York Stock Exchange, my time there helped me to hone both my forecast and communication skills.
While it was a great experience, it's nice to come “home” to the FOX 5 family as I was an intern for Tony Perkins and Tucker Barnes back in 2011! When not in the studio, you can usually find me being active on the lacrosse field or doing something to stay active.
I'm a huge hockey fan, with my favorite team being the Pittsburgh Penguins (forgive my family roots). I root for the Steelers as well, which leads to lots of friendly trash talking with Tucker Barnes on a daily basis.
It's a quiet start to Tuesday morning with chilly temperatures in the mid-30s.
The District will see a night dominated by cloud coverage with chilly temperatures heading into the early morning hours.
Friday is noticeably warmer than Thursday as we head close to 50 degrees by mid-afternoon.
As the afternoon rolls on we will pick up a bit more cloud cover but temperatures are a bit warmer than Wednesday as we head for the mid-40s by afternoon.
The winter chill continues this bright Wednesday morning with cold temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees.
Bundle up as you head out the door Tuesday morning! Temperatures range from the upper teens to low 20s under sunny skies.
A cold January morning as we begin Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with temperatures in the 20s.
The 'real feel' of January kicks in Friday with very cold air settling in. FOX 5's Gwen Tolbart says expect plenty of sunshine but bundle up! Don't be fooled as cold gusty Northwest winds of 10 to 15mph (gusts up to 25mph) will provide morning wind chills in the teens.
Despite one minor snow event back on January 7th, winter has so far been pretty kind to us. In fact, since the winter solstice back on December 21st, D.C. has only had one single day where temperatures have failed to hit the 40° mark. Temperatures have exceeded 50 degrees on twenty of the past twenty-seven days, with four of those days above 60 degrees, and two above 70 degrees. The winter started with a winter break of sorts so to speak, but we are in for a little reality check later on Thursday evening, as winter cold finally returns to the D.C. region.
Our *break* from winter cold will end in just a few hours! It's a deceptively sunny and comfortable start to the day with temperatures approaching the low 50s again by early afternoon.