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

  Most cloudy Thursday, little chance of rain

  Hurricane Sally starts turning north, Pine Belt impacts reduced

Hurricane Sally starts turning north, Pine Belt impacts reduced

  First Alert: Rain, wind gusts expected as Sally approaches

First Alert: Sally strengthens to Category 2 hurricane

  FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Sally update

  Scattered storms approach as Sally moves in

FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Sally forecast to become Category 2 hurricane before landfall

  Tropical Storm Sally forecast to track across Pine Belt next week

  Chance for storms Friday afternoon and into weekend

  It’s dry now, but that will change this weekend

  Warm Wednesday with small chance for rain

  Hot Friday with no real threat for rain

  Hot and humid Wednesday

  Mostly dry Tuesday with chance for afternoon storms

  Chances for showers, storms continue Friday

  More showers, storms Thursday as Laura rainbands pass through

  Marco continues to weaken; Laura moving toward Gulf

  Showers and storms to develop overnight

FIRST ALERT: Hurricane Marco set for Monday landfall

  DOUBLE TROUBLE: Two tropical systems forecast to impact Pine Belt

FIRST ALERT: Two systems enter Gulf, both may impact Pine Belt Weather

  Hit-and-miss storms continue this weekend

  Chance for afternoon showers Friday and into weekend

First Alert: Two tropical storms forecast to enter Gulf next week

  Slight chances for rain this week as we eye the tropics

  Hot Wednesday with chance for afternoon showers

  Mostly dry Tuesday with highs in 90s

  Passing showers, storms on Thursday

  Hot Wednesday with chance for afternoon shower, storm