Jacob Dickey is a native of Gibson City, Illinois and grew up watching WCIA 3 News all his life. He was a Weather Watcher for Judy Fraiser, a Kidscaster for Robert Reese, and an Intern for Derick Fabert. Now, he gets to forecast and cover the weather for the communities he grew up caring about and loving.
Jacob graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences Education with a Secondary Teaching License in May of 2015. Jacob also recently finished his Master’s degree in Professional Meteorology with an emphasis in Broadcast from Mississippi State University (MSU). At MSU, Jacob’s research focuses on the public’s knowledge and perceptions of tornadoes with the goal of identifying more at-risk population groups and developing strategies to reach the public before and during severe weather.
Over the past 10 years, Jacob has been very active in the community and with education. Jacob was a member of Alpha Tau Alpha, serving as Chapter President his Senior year at the University of Illinois. He was a student teacher for an Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor in Orion, Illinois. Jacob also has endorsements to teach in secondary mathematics and science. As a graduate student, Jacob was a member of the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, and he was active with Cru at Mississippi State. He also was involved in the local FFA Alumni in Starkville, Mississippi, and was a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Mississippi FFA State Convention. Jacob also worked with the Mississippi FFA Foundation, working with the State Officers and developing programs and resources for local FFA chapters.
Before arriving home to WCIA 3 News, Jacob was a weekend and field meteorologist for WCBI-tv in Columbus, Mississippi for three years until February 2020. He then became the acting Chief Meteorologist for KSWO 7 News in Southwest Oklahoma before coming home to Central Illinois. While at WCBI, Jacob was active in growing the station’s presence online and on social media, focusing on severe weather awareness and preparation. He also chased storms in the field for the station during some of Mississippi’s biggest tornado outbreaks. Jacob has witnessed many hurricanes and tropical storms, the most notable being Category 5 Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle, Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, Florida and Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina. In the last 15 years, Jacob has seen many tornadoes and severe storms all across the United States. Jacob also has interned with several TV weather professionals including Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane at KOCO-tv in Oklahoma City, Chief Meteorologist James Spann at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, AL, and with Chief Meteorologist Derick Fabert and Meteorologist Jack Gerfen at WCIA 3 News in Champaign, IL.
Jacob is an avid fan of the outdoors. He enjoys beach volleyball, kayaking, running, biking, and exercising in general. A fan of the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Oklahoma State Cowboys, you’ll always find Jacob enjoying sports, wherever they may be playing. He also enjoys cooking and baking, and he loves eating at local restaurants. You can also find Jacob taking road trips, reading books and keeping an eye on the sky.
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