Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen
Chief Meteorologist, KWCH
As a Kansas native, weather has always been a real passion for Ross for many different reasons.
Growing up on a family farm and ranch just outside of Geneseo, it was easy to see how weather affected almost every aspect of agriculture and how important it was for us to know what kind of weather was on the horizon. Ross started attending storm spotter training classes with his dad while he was still in middle school because he wanted to learn more about thunderstorms.
In high school, Ross started interning at KWCH in hopes of learning more about weather and forecasting, and to see firsthand what the broadcast world included. With the help of a charitable foundation in Ellsworth, Ross was able to install a weather station in the high school so that other students could watch the weather change throughout the day.
Ross attended college at the University of Kansas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science. His broadcast career started at 19 years of age at Channel 6 in Lawrence where he had the opportunity to work as both the morning meteorologist and as a Chief for about 2 years. Ross has done some fill in work at WIBW in Topeka, and then moved to Wichita in 2004 to work at KWCH. He earned the National Weather Association Seal of Approval in 2004, and received the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation in 2006 from the American Meteorological Society.
Ross doesn't have a great deal of spare time, but when possible, he loves mowing and landscape. He also loves traveling back home to help on the family farm and ranch. You will also see his beautiful corgi May on the air in the evenings.