John Belski has been manning the WAVE 3 Storm Center with updates on the 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 for 20 years. There is a lot more to the job than just the TV reports. Belski's Blog is the number one weather blog in Kentucky and Indiana and has been recognized nationally. There were 1,200 different posts last year as John is constantly updating the weather on the air and on-line. Even though he was recovering from surgery this past summer, he blogged 45 times on the day of the flash flood.
You can get weather headlines from John on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter search just type in johnbelski On Facebook search type in John Belski WAVE 3 Weather....click on become a fan to receive the weather headlines.
Over the years John has been on the air on 18 different radio stations locally with the latest weather forecasts. You can currently hear him on 84 WHAS and on WMPI 105.3 FM.
John's weather book, "Backyard Weather Folklore" was a hit selling thousands copies locally. The book was recognized as one of the top weather folklore books to be published in the last 100 years.
A World Champion. That's right....John was the winner of the 2005 World Dainty Championship held in Schnitzelburg. A dainty is a small 5 inch piece of wood which you have to hit with a broomstick to get it up in the air and the hit it again for distance. The winning hit was 101 feet and was all the more amazing because John did it while broadcasting live during his weathercast.
John has been a member of the WAVE 3 weather team since 1988. Prior to that he worked at WLKY in Louisville and also stations in St. Louis and Columbia, MO. Clips of his severe weather coverage have appeared on The Weather Channel and NBC Nightly News. (His bloopers have also appeared on national TV several times but we won't go into that here.)
John has received various awards from community organizations and publications including being named Best Of Louisville by the readers of Louisville magazine for a number of years and has been named Best of Kentucky by the readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine and the LEO's Readers' Choice Award. He has received a "Best of the Best" award from Louisville magazine given to people and organizations that have won more than 10 times. He has anchored Emmy Award winning severe weather coverage. John has received the Special Service Award from the National Weather Service and was also presented the Mark Trail Award for public awareness of NOAA weather radios. This prestigious national award was presented on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
His folksy, friendly style along with his weather knowledge makes him a favorite among viewers . Several years ago, John was among a select few TV meteorologists from around the country to be invited to the White House to meet with the President for a discussion on global warming.
John was the first weather person in the country to offer a daily 14 day forecast.