Jeff Tanchak

Jeff Tanchak

His passion is lake effect snow. His mission -- to turn the challenge of northeast Ohio's ever-changing weather into a forecast Clevelanders can handle. Meteorologist Jeff Tanchak blew into town in January of 2003, and Cleveland's weather instantly got even more unpredictable!

Before joining the First Alert Weather Team, Jeff spent seven years as a meteorologist for WOTV-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Jeff is no stranger to the lake effect snows that frequently blow in off of Lake Erie. After obtaining his degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Brockport, Jeff got his first on-air job at R-NEWS in Rochester, N.Y. From there, he made the move to the Midwest, working for WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisc.

An avid golfer, Jeff spends much of his free time tearing up the links. He's also a big fan of the Cleveland Indians and spends many evenings at Progressive Field.

Jeff loves the challenge of Cleveland's weather, tracking the surprise storms and lake effect snowfalls headed our way. And, as a meteorologist, Jeff said his favorite thing is providing you with Cleveland's most accurate and fun forecast.

Recent Articles by Jeff

  Northeast Ohio Weather: ALERT day for heavy rain potential

  Northeast Ohio weather: Cloud cover most of Thursday

  19 First Alert Weather Day: Noticeably cooler Friday, threat of severe storms return Saturday

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Cooler today

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Expect mild temps, cloudy skies and potent storms this weekend

  Northeast Ohio weather: Another warm day ahead

  Northeast Ohio weather: Clouds and milder today

  First Alert Forecast: Chilly and dry Cleveland Indians home opener

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Quiet end to the work week

  Northeast Ohio weather: More snow, wind, bitter cold

  First Alert Weather Day: Winter weather advisory issued as snow, rain mix moves in Wednesday morning

  First Alert Weather Day: Flood watch issued for Northeast Ohio through Tuesday

  Northeast Ohio weather: Flooding concerns Wednesday with over an inch of rain expected

  Severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for parts of Northeast Ohio

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Tracking more snow and cold

  Northeast Ohio weather: Tracking rounds of snow

  Northeast Ohio weather: Timeline photos for rain, snow mix moving into Northeast Ohio

  First Alert Weather Day: Damaging winds, rain Tuesday

  Sun returns to Northeast Ohio on Tuesday

  Northeast Ohio weather: Wet weather arrives tonight

  Northeast Ohio weather: Cold with a little lake effect rain

  Northeast Ohio weather: Chilly, windy today

  Northeast Ohio weather: Last summer like day for a while

  Northeast Ohio weather: Cooler days are near.

  First Alert Weather: High heat and humidity rule the forecast for now

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Warm pattern continues

Northeast Ohio weather timeline Oct. 2, 2018

  Northeast Ohio weather: a warm-up is coming soon!

When will Cleveland and Akron see frost first this season?

  First Alert weather: Storms clear, cool air moves in