Katie Nickolaou is the Morning Meteorologist for Siouxland News at Sunrise. She was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she experienced everything from snow to tornadoes. She graduated from Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana with a degree in Meteorology and a minor in Digital Media.
Broadcast meteorology is Katie’s vocation. After experiencing a tornadic storm at the age of 5, Katie began reading every book she could about the weather, particularly tornadoes and snow. In 2011 a weak tornado hit her house, which acted only to amplify her curiosity with the atmosphere and how it works. By the end of her high school career, she had students and teachers from several school districts messaging her to ask about her “Snow Day Forecasts”. While at Valparaiso University, Katie participated in four convective field studies in the Central US to study severe weather, and fulfilled her lifelong dream of studying tornadoes.
Katie is the proud parent of Radar, a domestic shorthair kitten. Radar The Weather Cat is a cuddly kitten who loves to give kisses and play with boa feathers. He enjoys car rides and watching storms pass by.
Katie’s favorite hobby is crafting. From making custom Halloween costumes to scrapbooking, Katie loves all types of DIY projects. Katie also enjoys playing football, skiing, softball, and hiking. If you see her out and about in public, feel free to walk up and say hi! Katie loves interacting with viewers, especially when they ask about the weather!