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: Strong winds, cold temps on Thursday with lake effect snow for some

  19 First Alert Day: Winter system arrives Wednesday bringing several inches of snow to parts of northern Ohio

  FIRST ALERT DAY: Snow, ice, and rain in the area late today and tonight

Plummeting temperatures bring lake effect snow, gust winds on Thursday

  Northeast Ohio heat records expected to be broken Saturday with highs close to 70 degrees

There’s little to no ice on Lake Erie: What that means for lake effect snow this season

  Northeast Ohio weather: Near 40 degrees on Thursday under a mostly cloudy sky

  19 First Alert Weather Day: Wintry mix of rain, snow approaches Thursday

  Northeast Ohio weather: Temperatures in the 60s on Tuesday with more clouds before weekend chill

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Tracking rain, wind, and much cooler air

  Record-breaking heat expected with temperatures in the 90s in Northeast Ohio

  Northeast Ohio weather: Hot temps and partly cloudy skies expected this weekend

  Northeast Ohio weather: Scattered showers and storms clear through the day

  Northeast Ohio weather: Flirting with Fall through the weekend

  Northeast Ohio Weather: Low 80s and mostly cloudy today

  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