Nick Lilja

Nick Lilja

Chief Meteorologist

Moselle, MS

Nick Lilja grew up all across the United States. He's lived in Oregon, Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, and Texas. But now calls Mississippi home. And he is thrilled to be forecasting the weather for the Pine Belt.

He's been a meteorologist and storm chaser for the last four years – three of which was in Amarillo, Texas. He's chased down more super cells then he can count, survived baseball-sized hail, and was chasing in El Reno, Oklahoma when the EF-3 tornado struck.

He also managed a severe weather website and offered educational forecasts for extreme severe weather events. He is dedicated to forecasting and keeping his viewers safe when severe weather strikes, but he's also interested in teaching his viewers about severe weather, why it happens and what leads to particular severe weather outbreaks.

He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Sciences with an emphasis in Atmospheric Sciences. Nick continued his education at Syracuse University and graduated with a Master's of Science in Broadcast & Digital Journalism.

Nick lives in Hattiesburg where he loves to go for a run or long bike ride. And he spends his weekends – when there isn't severe weather – watching sports and cheering for the Beavers and the Orange.

Recent Articles by Nick

  Sunny and cold to start your week

First Alert: Saturday’s severe weather threat is over

  First Alert: Severe weather still possible Saturday

  First Alert: Be prepared for strong system in the Pine Belt this weekend

  First Alert: Severe weather possible Saturday for Pine Belt

  Sunny Thursday with severe weather on the horizon

  First Alert: Cold overnight with sunny Wednesday ahead

  First Alert: Tuesday morning forecast

  First Alert: Nice weekend ahead

  First Alert: Showers to continue into morning

  First Alert: Severe storm threat picks up this afternoon

  First Alert: Cool start to week with rain returning Thursday

First Alert: Low-end severe weather threat Sunday

  Cloudy overnight; storms possible this weekend

  Columbia recovering again 5 years after deadly EF-3 tornado

  Chilly and wet Friday with a nice weekend on the way

  First Alert: Thursday morning forecast

Saints fall to 49ers on game-winning FG in a memorable thriller

  Forecast for state championship games at The Rock

  First Alert: Rain returns Friday

  First Alert: Thursday forecast

  First Alert: Weekend forecast

  First Alert: Black Friday forecast

Overnight storms leave behind damage in Star, Miss.

  First Alert: Weekend forecast

  First Alert: Rain expected for Friday night

  First Alert: Thursday morning forecast

  First Alert: Tuesday morning forecast

First Alert: Your first look at the Thanksgiving Day forecast

  First Alert: Weekend forecast