Mish Michaels is an Emmy Award winning broadcast meteorologist and environmental reporter in Boston. When Mish was in kindergarten, an F2 tornado ripped through her apartment complex just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. It is her earliest childhood memory and she’s been searching the skies ever since! Her weather coverage has taken television viewers on a tornado chase in Oklahoma, on a flight into Hurricane Isabel and to the top of Mount Washington in mid-winter. Besides her field coverage of storms, for many years Mish was the only reporter in Boston dedicated to covering stories related to weather and climate change. Additionally, her work for The Weather Channel show Atmospheres spanned the globe from air pollution studies in the Swiss Alps to ice climbing in Calgary.
Mish worked for WBZ (CBS) from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that, she worked for The Weather Channel (TWC) as co-host of Atmospheres along with Jim Cantore. She began her career in Boston with WHDH (NBC) back in 1992 working as weekend meteorologist. She credits her T-STORM license plates for landing her the job at such a young age. During that time, she was twice named “Boston’s Best Meteorologist” by the Improper Bostonian.
Her first job after graduation was as weekend meteorologist/ environmental reporter for WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mish was a 2006 recipient of a Metcalf Fellowship presented by the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. She was also awarded a science journalism fellowship to study at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in 2004. The fellowship allowed her to investigate various weather related topics including climate change and ocean/atmospheric coupling.
Mish worked as Editor-in-Chief of Boston-based weather almanacs for almost a decade. She has also worked on weather related museum projects including an exhibit called Weatherwise now open at the Museum of Science, Boston and another permanent exhibit at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord, NH.
Mish has been affiliated with the Meteorology Department at UMASS Lowell for over a decade, where she has taught a course called “Meteorological Communications” in the past. Mish has also worked on numerous educational projects related to meteorology with various organizations including the Harvard Smithsonian Institute and the Blue Hill Weather Observatory where she continues to support the WINS program (Women in the Natural Sciences). The WINS program tries to inspire adolescent girls to pursue careers in math, science and technology through study of the atmosphere.
Born in Calcutta, India with the given name Anuradha meaning “one who does good for others,” Mish supports numerous charitable organizations. Currently, she is involved with the Big Sister Association of Boston and volunteered her time as a Big Sister for almost a decade. She is also a Member of the Corporation at the Germaine Lawrence School for adolescent girls in crisis, and in the past, headed a yearly fundraiser for The Pine Street Inn to collect socks and mittens to support services during the coldest months of the year.
Michaels has been profiled in Boston magazine, The Boston Globe, Worth, Platinum, Parade, The Improper Bostonian, India Today, India Economic Times and Cosmopolitan. In the past, she was named one of the “Top Ten Young Leaders” by the Boston Jaycees, “Big Sister of the Year” by the Big Sister Association, and “Woman of the Year” by Germaine Lawrence.
Mish is an avid equestrian and enjoys watercolor painting, spending time with family and friends, and travel. She lives with her husband and their daughter Nalina in the Boston area. Mish has a Master’s degree in Technology in Education from Harvard University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Cornell University in New York. Mish was named “Young Alumni of the Year” by her college at Cornell in 2004. Mish was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Regis College in May 2005. Mish received the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Seal of Approval in 1997.
Mish launches an organic clothing line for the Weather Watcher in every kid!, Natural Cloud Cover by Mish Michaels, LLC was inspired by her daughter Nalina and her childhood experience with extreme weather. At the age of 5, Mish was in an EF2 tornado that helped to carve her future path as a weather forecaster and storm chaser. Now that she has left her professional life, she claims her greatest adventure is raising her daughter. Through Nalina’s eyes, Mish’s childhood love for weather has been rekindled. Mother and daughter play in puddles together, build snow forts and snowmen, and watch the sky to find shapes in the clouds. The Natural Cloud Cover organic clothing collections were designed by Mish. Each piece is built for atmospheric adventures and outdoor comfort. May your kids enjoy watching the sky while wearing Natural Cloud Cover clothing!
Mish in the WBZ
Young Mish standing
next to a tree
knocked down by her
Her license plate still
sits on her desk—A
reminder of how luck
Museum exhibit in
Concord, New Hampshire.
> Equestrian Video
> Equestrian Slide Show
Mish riding Giuseppe
at a horse show.