Thomas Schmidt

Topeka, Kan.
Thomas Schmidt

My family moved from Wichita, Kansas to Edmond, Oklahoma in the summer of 2002. In the spring of 2003, the five of us were huddled in a closet wearing bicycle helmets and holding a mattress over our heads for protection from a nearby tornado. We were fortunate in that we had debris in our yard but no damage to our home. That experience has stayed with me and spawned my interest in the weather.

Many in Oklahoma view weather coverage as the “ultimate” reality TV. Whenever there is a severe storm, it doesn’t matter if it’s in a metropolitan area or far out on the edges of the state. People from all over watch the coverage. This environment grew my interest in meteorology and later I decided to attend the University of Oklahoma. In May 2021, I graduated with a B.S. degree in Geographic Information Science with minors in Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism.

In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and fishing. I will never say no to a night around the campfire! I’m a fan of classic cars (my favorite is the 1965 Chevy Corvette) and am looking forward to exploring Topeka’s classic car scene. I also enjoy playing the piano when I can find one!