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Blog: Meteorologist speaking on farmers' concerns

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Mike McClellan

            Mike McClellan, Mobile Weather Team, will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, March 7 at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline.  The evening will begin with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an update from Gold Star FS Grain Merchandiser, Mike Schaver.

            Mike McClellan, Mobile Weather Team, will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, March 7 at the Moline Viking Club, 1450 41st Street, Moline.  The evening will begin with a buffet dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by an update from Gold Star FS Grain Merchandiser, Mike Schaver.

            Mike McClellan is the owner/president of Mobile Weather Team, Inc., a Washington, IL-based company specializing in on-site weather forecasting, advance storm warning, lightning prediction and detection, plus long-range ag weather forecasting.

            McClellan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University in 1983. McClellan has been the chief meteorologist at KTTC-TV in Rochester, MN, WICS-TV in Springfield, IL, WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, NC and at WMBD-TV, the CBS affiliate in Peoria, IL.

            In 1991, McClellan combined his passion for both weather and golf by creating the Mobile Weather Team, which provided forecasts, lightning detection and prediction for the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Men’s European PGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Asian Tour, China Tour, PGA Championship and the Masters. Mobile Weather Team meteorologists also provided weather coverage and consultation for various USGA and PGA of America golf events plus 24/7 coverage for twelve central Illinois radio stations and the Central Illinois Regional Airport. However, in February 2008, McClellan sold its North American golf operations to DTN/Meteterologix leaving the European PGA Tour and the rest of the world as its major clients.

            Today, the Mobile Weather Team continues to grow its forecasting division into other international golf markets, agriculture, energy and broadcast markets. Its latest venture is a newsletter called “WeatherView Online” which targets Midwest Agri-business.

            The cost for the single session is $20.00 if pre-registered (cost will be $30.00 per session for walk-ins). 

            To make a reservation, please call the Henry County Farm Bureau (309) 937-2411 or the Rock Island County Farm Bureau (309) 736-7432.

            Additional speakers for the series will include:  June 21, 2012 - Dr. Steve Johnson, Iowa State University.

            The Market Outlook Series is sponsored by the Henry and Rock Island County Farm Bureau Marketing Committees, Gold Star FS, BankOrion, Patriot Renewable Fuels, Steve Sim - COUNTRY Financial, AgriLogic- Greg Boruff, 1st Farm Credit Services (Aledo & Geneseo), River Valley Cooperative, Big River Resources, 1st Trust and Savings of Hillsdale, and Wells Fargo.