A northeastern Ohio native, AJ grew up in the legendary “Snowbelt.” He knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a meteorologist.

AJ witnessed the awesome and terrible destruction caused by an EF5 tornado in Albion, Pennsylvania after a massive tornado outbreak in May of 1985. At the time AJ was only 10 years old, but this event indelibly etched in his conscience a fascination, passion and respect for weather. This profound experience ultimately led to a career that would hopefully help people survive by warning people ahead of time about potentially life-threatening and devastating weather events such as the Albion tornado.

AJ began reporting local temperatures and snowfall data to various media outlets, primarily to Fox 8’s very own Meteorologist André Bernier when the Morning Show first debuted in the winter of 1988. He was blessed with having the opportunity to have André as his mentor throughout his high school and college year, and beyond.

AJ had an incredible opportunity to begin his career as a television weathercaster when he was just 16 years old at WSEE-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, the local CBS affiliate.

Soon after, he was hired by WJW Television. This was an amazing, and in many ways unprecedented opportunity for a 19-year-old college student. AJ was honored to fill-in on many of the Newscenter 8 newscasts, having the extraordinary opportunity to work with heavyweight personages like the legendary Dick Goddard, Robin Swoboda, Tim Taylor, Wilma Smith and André Bernier.

AJ earned his bachelor’s degree in “Arts and Sciences” from The Ohio State University. This was thanks in no small part to the guidance and advise of André Bernier. He helped focus AJ’s collegiate studies on the proper classes and experiences necessary to learn about the atmosphere and forecasting disruptive weather events.

After graduating, AJ landed his first full-time, on-air position at WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, the local NBC affiliate.

In the spring of 2000, AJ began working full-time in Cleveland and is now honored to serve as a staff meteorologist at WJW Fox 8.


Recent Articles
  • Chance of showers overnight & into Monday

    CLEVELAND — A stray shower cannot be ruled out Sunday night, but most backyards will remain dry. Temps fall into the mid 60s. It feels a bit more humid. Here’s your overnight FOX 8 Hour-By-Hour Forecast: We’re tracking showers overnight and Monday as a disturbance moves in.  It will not be widespread but more of the hit or miss variety.  Clouds will hold temperatures to more seasonal-levels. After Monday, a sunny string of days is ahead with no significant weather systems […]

  • AJ provides update on how he is feeling and when he will return to FOX 8

    I just want to update you on my return to the Fox 8  airwaves after having been off due to my medical leave. I am excited to share with you that my doctor has released me to come back to work Monday, April 29. I’ll be on Fox 8 News in the Morning on Monday to talk with Wayne, Stefani,  and Kristi and to thank you for all of your kind messages during my time away. I want to extend […]

  • Severe threat: Possibility of damaging winds and isolated tornadoes

    CLEVELAND – The National Weather Service has upgraded Northeast Ohio to a slight risk for severe storms late Sunday afternoon and evening. 11:30 am weather briefing update. We have been upgraded to a slight risk for severe storms late this afternoon and evening from 3 pm to 9 pm with a threat of damaging winds up to 65 mph and isolated tornadoes. Stay weather aware! #OHwx #PAwx #ThisIsCLE #CLEwx #NWS #Weather #Ready pic.twitter.com/5bicMgrptQ — NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 2, 2018 […]

  • Areas of dense fog, rain developing later this morning

    CLEVELAND – Saturday we wake to cloudy skies, with rain holding off until late morning to midday: Then rain builds in from the SW by the lunch hour: A mild weekend on tap with temperatures climbing above average and into the low 50s by Sunday. There could be a few hit-or-miss showers around; otherwise, it’s the drier of the two days, therefore the pick day of the weekend!  Here’s the latest 8-day forecast. Follow weather updates.

  • Scattered snow showers, chilly temperatures

    The second in a series of reinforcing cold fronts is moving through northern Ohio. That will increase the chance of a snow shower pattern that may offer local cosmetic coatings of up to an inch or so wherever snow showers persist. Check out school, daycare and business closings here. Our below average temperatures continue as we head into Thanksgiving. In fact, the air will be SO cold on Thanksgiving Day that many U.S. cities from Buffalo to Boston may see […]

  • Cold and quiet, with another weather system in the pipeline

    So far this season, we have only seen 0.2″ of snow officially, more than 1″ below normal. The next system may start as a little frozen precipitation on Thursday, but much of it will be a cold rain the way it’s looking. Note how the temperatures stay cold through the 8-day period.

  • Waterspout sightings! Check out video of the waterspout we spotted by the Fox 8 studios…

    The Fox 8 roof camera captured a waterspout that popped up over Lake Erie Wednesday. Check it out above! Viewers in Cleveland and other spots along the lake in NE Ohio have also shared photos and videos of waterspouts they spotted. They appeared to be ‘non-tornadic’ or ‘fair-weather’ waterspouts. Those are, by the way, the most common type. While it may look like waterspouts are sucking water up out of the lake, that’s not the case. The funnel-looking phenomenon is […]

  • Woollybear Winter Forecast: Mild start followed by icy, snowy new year

    VERMILION, Ohio — Our fuzzy friends, the woollybears, are predicting a more mild start to winter this year, followed by an icy, snowy beginning to the new year. Last winter’s temperatures were about average to just below normal over northern Ohio. Our snowfall was a meager 53.1 inches — 15 inches lower than our normal snowfall. This year, our fuzzy friends of fall are foretelling a fine first half of winter! But, the second-half of winter “woolly”-bears watching. The Woollybear’s middle, […]

  • Lake Erie waves churn as second round of winter weather arrives

      CLEVELAND – It’s blustery, windy and cold out there, and the Lake Erie waves are churning! A winter weather advisory is still active for Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula counties until midnight Wednesday. A lake effect snow warning is active for Geauga and Ashtabula counties until midnight Wednesday. **Follow weather alerts, here** Clipper #2 has arrived.  Everyone could get around an inch up to 4″ with this batch. More is expected with lake enhancement in the Snowbelt.  Temperatures will reach around freezing with wind […]

  • Election Day forecast: dry start, but rain moving in

    CLEVELAND – The Election Day Forecast looks dry for the front half or more of Tuesday.  Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Temps will be in the mid 40s. As polls close, the showers from the next cold front will be moving in. Tonight’s cold front will introduce the first shot of cool air for Wednesday. A second, stronger cold front will remind us all that we are now in November by Friday night and Saturday. Here’s the latest Fox 8 Day […]

  • Steady rain later today; Potential for flooding

    It’ll continue to be windy with winds out of the south at 20-25 mph.  Those southerly winds will allow temperatures to climb into low 50s ahead of a cold front this afternoon. The steady rain will arrive late and continue through tonight.  .50″-1.50″ expected.  There could be minor flooding with the addition of the snow melt. So far, no advisories have been issued. We should be dry by the morning commute on Tuesday.  Expect slightly cooler temperatures, then it’s all […]

  • Snow this morning with big temperature change coming

    Snow showers with a weak weather system are pushing through the area this morning. They aren’t expected to amount to much, perhaps an inch or so. Behind this system, no huge temperature swing is likely. Highs will be back in the low 30s Thursday. Friday looks wet and windy! Mild temps are back again with highs into the upper 40s and lower 50s! **Check out our new Fox 8 Cleveland Weather page on Facebook!**

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