We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Tomer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who are very good at what they do. Masters in their respective fields. People who make it look easy. People who can boil-down technical information, teach it, and make it easy to understand. It shows dedication, perseverance, and an ongoing pursuit of excellence.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve worked in television news as a meteorologist for 20 years. I started in Grand Junction, moved to Baltimore, and have now been in Denver for almost 17 years at KWGN/KDVR-TV. My passion and forte` is boiling-down complex weather and then communicating it in a way that most people will understand. I also run Tomer Weather Solutions. I forecast for people climbing and skiing the highest peaks around the world. I’ve been doing that for 20 years, and have forecast for over 250 Teams with a high success rate.
Here are two of my proudest moments. First, in 2018 I was hired to forecast weather for the first Afghan woman to climb Mount Noshaq the highest peak in Afghanistan. She successfully summited on 8/10/2018.
Second, in 2019-2020 I was hired to forecast weather for the first people to summit K2 in calendar Winter. Mingma G and Team successfully summited 1/16/2020.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would offer a well-rounded itinerary. First, i’d take them on a hike up the Continental Divide. The effort and views would give them a unique perspective. Then i’d take them to Red Rocks Amphitheater. Red Rocks is world-class and the rich history is a gift. Finally, i’d offer them a Sunday morning worship at my church.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My earliest inspiration was my 8th grade science teacher Don Pheneger who taught an entire unit on basic weather. My professional training included three key mentors: Meteorologist’s Jym Ganahl, Ben Gelber, and Dan Pope. They shaped my philosophy regarding television and meteorology. Dan Pope cultivated my interest in mountain weather including Utah’s Wastach mountain range.
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