Whether it’s hurricane season or a winter storm, fans can count on Jim Cantor to cover events.
He has been in the business for more than three decades and has become one of television’s most popular and well-known meteorologists. Cantore has spent his entire career at The Weather Channel and viewers know they can count on him for top-notch coverage of what’s happening in real time. Here’s more about Cantore, including his age, net worth, and the storm he says still haunts him.
The age of the meteorologist
Cantore was born in Connecticut in 1964 but grew up in Vermont.
He is the eldest of four children. He and his siblings were adopted by parents Betty and James. The family lived in a farmhouse on Craftsbury Common, Vermont, and Cantore was always fascinated when snowstorms hit the area.
After graduating from Hartford High in 1982, Cantore attended Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), where he majored in meteorology. Some of his college buddies used to call him “Rocky” because they thought he resembled Sylvester Stallone.
Cantore’s net worth
Cantore’s first job outside of school was at The Weather Channel, and he’s never looked back.
But he doesn’t just report on the weather. He has broadcast NFL games, golf tournaments, the “Winter X” games, the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery and hosted weather segments for NBC in London during the 2012 Summer Olympics. In addition, Cantore narrates the show storm stories and stood in for Al Roker The Today Show.
The on-air personality holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval and is also a recipient of NOAA’s David S. Johnson Award for innovative use of environmental satellite technology.
Today, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Cantore has a net worth of $4.5 million.
The weather event that is chasing him
Cantore has reported many horrifying weather events over the years, but one storm has particularly struck him.
During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cantore and his team were stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi. Although he had reported such storms in the past, he was unprepared for the devastation Katrina left in its wake, recalling that it was the first time he had “seen and smelled death.”
“It was a bad scene,” he previously told Popular Mechanics. “I’ve seen casinos in the middle of the damn highway. Boats four floors up in buildings. Implodes.”
Cantore and his crew were in the area for 18 days and witnessed the aftermath firsthand. He recalled: “Everyone spills their hearts. They’ve just lost everything and you feel awful because there’s nothing you can do but say to the camera, “Back to you.” It’s like fuck it, I just want to grab a chainsaw and help these people get out. I was stunned when I came back.”
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