The career of Andy Avalos spans more than 35 years in radio and television. Now in his 30th year on air in Chicago, Andy has covered it all from devastating floods, tornado outbreaks, heat waves, severe droughts, blizzards, ice storms and arctic outbreaks. Few have been on the air forecasting all of these weather extremes longer than he.
Andy was quoted as saying "I love the weather; few things in life are more fascinating and exciting". He is a member of the American Metrological Society which is the premier scientific and professional organization in the United States, promoting and disseminating information about atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic sciences for the benefit of society. In addition, Andy also holds the AMS Seal which recognizes selective on-air meteorologists who have achieved high standards in communicating complex weather, water and climate information.
Andy has been nominated several times for a Chicago Emmy. His work on "The Storm Trackers", a special in severe weather earned him an Emmy in 1997. He received his second Emmy in 2015 as a member of the NBC morning team for "Best Newscast" at Chicago's WMAQ.
Andy started his weather forecasting career in the Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Colorado market at the NBC affiliate KOAA in the late 1970's. He then moved to the CBS affiliate in Denver in the early 1980's, and then to WLS in Chicago in 1984 until 1993. He also appeared on FM-100 as morning meteorologist in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Andy moved to NBC in January of 1994 through 1999 before leaving to start his own business. He returned to NBC in 2003 and has been on air ever since.
His dedication to the community is evident as Andy hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, one of which is held in support of "Meals on Wheels" in the Chicago area. He has also supported an annual golf outing and hosts a winter event to raise funds for Catholic charities.
He dedicates his time to educate the community with Weather Wise/Weather Safe presentations at local schools and community events. As an active contributor, Andy raises funds annually to support the Salvation Army and has been known to ring the bell in front of Macy's department stores. He remains close to the Pueblo community with his donation to the Annual Thunder Wolves Golf Classic to benefit CSU-Pueblo athletics scholarships. In January 2017, he received the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from Loyola Medical Center for his ongoing contributions and support to the community.