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

19 First Alert Weather Day: Wind Advisory Sunday for wind gusts up to 55 mph

  Northeast Ohio weather: Windy, chilly on Monday with highs in the 40s

19 First Alert Weather Day: First accumulating snow for some on Sunday coupled with strong winds

  Northeast Ohio weather: Cold for the season, temps in the 50s on Friday afternoon

  Northeast Ohio weather: Warmer temps return on Monday

19 First Alert Day activated for Wednesday over possibility of severe thunderstorms

  19 First Alert Weather Day: Thunderstorms on Wednesday could have heavy rain, strong winds

FIRST ALERT DAY: Activated Thursday afternoon and night

  Seven Hills sees tornado-like damage from thunderstorm-produced microburst Thursday

  19 First Alert Weather Day: Strong thunderstorms form Wednesday afternoon with possibility for tornadoes

Record-breaking heat forecast for Northeast Ohio on Tuesday, Wednesday

  19 First Alert Weather Day: Thunderstorms could go severe, produce heavy rain on Friday

  FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Expect severe storms and heavy rain tomorrow

  Record heat across Northeast Ohio on Tuesday

  19 First Alert Weather Days: Rain ends by midnight, more storms move in on Sunday

  19 First Alert Weather Day for potential of severe storms, damaging winds on Thursday afternoon

  Northeast Ohio weather: Freeze Warnings and lake effect snow Friday night into Saturday

  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