Meteorologist Kevin Coskren has always had a passion for weather. "I remember the blizzard of 1978 when I was growing up. I watched the snow pile up next to a yardstick outside the kitchen sliding glass door. There was lightning and thunder and during all this I wondered how it all worked," Kevin recalls.
Kevin's quest for knowledge took him to the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and to the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Master of Science degree in Meteorology. He earned the AMS Seal of Approval in 1999 while forecasting weather for WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In June of 1999, Kevin moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to become KLKN-TV's first morning meteorologist. A short time later, he was promoted to KLKN's Chief Meteorologist. Kevin earned numerous awards and made appearances on The Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" after his coverage of an EF-4 tornado that nearly destroyed the town of Hallam, Nebraska in May 2004. The tornado was 2.5 miles wide, which is the 2nd widest tornado on record.
In the Summer of 2012, Kevin became Chief Meteorologist at WLNE in Providence, Rhode Island. There he encountered everything from hurricanes to nor'easters. Kevin would often find himself stranded at the station due to heavy snow and wind. After enduring some of the coldest, snowiest winters in New England's history, Kevin and his family headed south to Augusta, Georgia, where he says there are two seasons - Summer and next Summer. Covering severe weather during the Masters golf tournament was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, especially when a tornado warning was issued 10 miles north of Augusta just as Tiger Woods was stepping up to the 18th green on the verge of his 2019 Masters victory.
Kevin and his family are thrilled to be in central Pennsylvania, where they can once again experience all four seasons.
Kevin says if he wasn't a broadcast meteorologist, he'd probably be a teacher. "I love kids, and I enjoy teaching people how the weather works."