Jim Cantore :: Biography
James D. Cantore popularly known by his professional name Jim Cantore is a renowned American meteorologist. He was born in the year 1964 and celebrates his birthday every year on February 16. Currently, he is working as an on-air personality for The Weather Channel. He first worked for The Weather Channel in the year 1986 and has been with the channel ever since. He is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
He is a native of Beacon Falls, Connecticut, United States of America but spent his early years in White River Junction, Vermont. Besides that, there is not much information on how he was raised, his family and childhood. About his education, he attended Lyndon State College and graduated from there in the year 1986. He holds the American Meteorological Society Television Seal of Approval.
The same year in July, after his graduation, he landed his first job in The Weather Channel. Cantore has a reputation for breaking down the complex weather events into simpler terms so that the average audience can understand the weather. Due to his ability to do so, he is often selected to go for reprting in various weather events. His career highlights include his live coverage from the field of various weather events such as reporting on Hurricanes Isabel, Bonnie, Andrew, Ike, Katrina, Gustav, Rita, Floyd, Irene, Mitch, and Sandy. At The Weather Channel, his earlier jobs included developing the audience much loved Fall Foliage Forecast, reporting from events such as the "Winter X Games," PGA tournaments, Space Shuttle Discovery launch, NFL games, and more. Besides reporting live for TWC, Cantore also serves as the narrator on the series Storm Stories and has been featured in the beginning of the ECHL's Stockton Thunder entrance video. In 2008, after the acquisition of The Weather Channel by NBC Universal, Cantore has occasionally substituted for Al Roker filling up for The Today Show. He received the prestigious NOAA-David S. Johnson Award in 2002 for his innovative use of environmental satellite technology.
About his personal life, Jim is a married man. His wife is Tamara Cantore. The couple welcomed their first child, a baby girl Christina in 1993. Two years later, their son, Ben was born. Tamara suffers from Parkinson's disease and both their children have Fragile X syndrome. The couple ended their long term marriage in the year 2007. There is little known about his personal life after his divorce so it is hard to say if he has been in a relationship with someone or is dating. Till now, he has been successful to escape from the rumor of him being gay and from the looks of it, it is very unlikely to happen. He has never been rumored to be gay. Cantore is also a philanthropist and can be found involved in various charitable works. He actively supports FRAXA, the Fragile X Research Foundation, and the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Besides that, he also contributes his time to Make-a-Wish Foundation events around the country and he has also served as a celebrity cabinet member with the American Red Cross.
Cantore has been into the industry for long and his hard work over the years has made him a millionaire. He has an estimated net worth of $3 and a half million, by the start of 2014. Although his exact salary has not been disclosed yet, there is no doubt that TWC pays him handsomely for his work he has been doing even at the age of 50. His great height matches his personality and has a great screen presence. He is an active user of his Twitter account and more information on him is available in his biographies on Wikipedia.