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Ben Burkel

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Ben Burkel has always had an interest in the weather, and joined WKOW as the Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend meteorologist at the end of 2012.  Ben has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal from the American Meteorological Society, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts.

In 2013, Ben's forecasts were rated MOST ACCURATE in Southern Wisconsin by WeatheRate, an independent weather forecast verification company.

Ben comes to Madison from KTVZ in Bend, Oregon where he worked as the weekday evening meteorologist for three years.  While in Central Oregon, he provided accurate forecasts for the High Desert which is known for its rapidly changing weather conditions.
 
After earning his bachelor's degree in meteorology from Purdue University, Ben served as a weather officer at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.  There, he directed 25 forecasters in providing continuous weather support to over 100 federal government installations.
 
Upon fulfilling his commitment to the Air Force, he returned to the private sector and was employed in Chicago as a meteorologist for Acciona Energy.  In this position, he forecasted both winds and energy output for the development of wind farms throughout the United States.  After working in the renewable energy industry, Ben then chose a career as a broadcast meteorologist.
 
Ben is excited to live and work in such a vibrant city as Madison with all of the diverse weather patterns.  Although a native of suburban Chicago, you will always see him cheering on the Green Bay Packers since a majority of his extended family lives in Wisconsin.  In his spare time, you can find Ben teeing up at one of the local golf courses, skiing down the slopes, or participating in the sport of skydiving.
 
Feel free to reach Ben at bburkel@wkow.com, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @BenBurkel.
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