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Jason Nicholas Weatherman from Ohio


Born in Hinckley, Ohio, Jason Nicholas grew up in the Cleveland area. He watched Channel 5 weather coverage when there was severe weather and thought he might want to become involved in meteorology. After graduating from Medina High School, Nicholas attended Ohio University. While working a correspondence-based job, he also attended Mississippi State University. During that period, he did news, weather and sports reports. He discovered that weather interested him most and he took some meteorology classes.

Nicholas’ first weather forecasting duties were in Charleston, West Virginia. He subsequently went across the country to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He recounts an incident when he was on the air from 5:30 am to 7:00 pm due to a tornado warning, since tornadoes were a rare occurrence in that area. On another occasion, there was a hail storm in the area and the station continued broadcasting on emergency power. Driving home that night, the landscape appeared to be snow covered but it was hail. Nicholas says, “Weather forecasting is terrific. Every day is different no matter where you are in the world. No weather day is the same.”

Asked about his favorite season, Nicholas said, “Summer – I enjoy the heat, being outdoors, golfing, swimming, hiking, running, boating, and visiting wineries on the lake. I really enjoy the Lake Erie Islands as they provide us with a place to escape in nice weather.” Nicholas adds, “They offer great walking and running events, as well as something for everyone to do.”

One of Nicholas’ favorite activities is running and he usually runs in the Rocky River Metroparks, as well as around downtown Cleveland. He has participated in numerous 5k races in northern Ohio cities, including Berea, Cleveland, Independence, Tremont, Ohio City, Lakewood and Westlake, as well as a 10k race on Kelleys Island. Another favorite pastime is softball and Nicholas usually plays in 2-3 softball leagues during the summer.

Nicholas began playing golf at age 5 and continued playing through high school and college. His favorite course in this area is Sand Ridge in Chesterland, Ohio. He has played golf in 24 different states and has three favorite courses—Wolf Creek in Mesquite, Nevada; Pebble Beach in Monterey, California; and Arcadia Bluffs in Arcadia, Michigan. Describing his game as “good” with flashes of “average” and “amazing,” Nicholas says he likes the sport and the interaction with friends and family on the golf course.

As the host of the weekly show “Academic Challenge” on NewsChannel 5, Nicholas states, “It’s fun interacting with many bright students.” He believes these youths confirm that our future is in good hands. Nicholas has also surprised many a teacher by showing up unexpectedly to present the “Teacher of the Week Award.”

During his educational visits to local schools, discussions range from current weather to significant weather events, such as tornadoes or hurricanes, depending on the ages of the students. Nicholas starts each visit with a question and answer session, followed by a video of his duties in the studio and in the field, and ending with more questions and discussion. At one elementary school where he visits annually students write a weather song or “rap” each year and end the session by performing it for him. Nicholas says the visits are fun for him, for the kids and for the teachers. For questions about scheduling a school visit, contact him at

Being of Greek descent, Nicholas has visited Greece in the past. He plans another trip there in the near future. As far as returning to his home area to work, Nicholas states, “This is where my home, my family and my favorite sports teams are. I love it here.”

Asked for some advice as we head into the spring and summer storm seasons, Nicholas said, “Just be ready. Have a plan. Stay informed and stay safe — TV, social media and mobile. Remember to keep your devices charged.”

Compass Media would like to thank Sleepy Hollow Golf Course for hosting our photo shoot.

Sleepy Hollow Golf Course
9445 Brecksville Road • Brecksville • 44141 • 440-526-4285

With its spectacular views of the Cuyahoga River Valley and classic Stanley Thompson layout, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course ranks as one of the great golf challenges in Ohio.

Golfers have enjoyed Cleveland Metroparks beautiful and challenging golf courses for more than 80 years. The eight courses, located conveniently throughout Greater Cleveland, offer golfers 144 holes of recreational activity, from the sporting Par 3 at Shawnee Hills for novice linksters to championship layouts at Manakiki and Sleepy Hollow for advanced golfers.  Each Cleveland Metroparks golf course offers a unique golfing experience.

The golf season begins mid-March and continues through December, weather permitting.  The courses open daily from dawn to dusk. Outings, tournaments, special events, clinics, lessons taught by PGA/LPGA professionals, leagues, and cart and club rentals are also available. Driving ranges are located at Sleepy Hollow, Shawnee Hills and Washington golf courses.

Jason Nicholas Weatherman from Ohio

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