Michael Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive
Michael Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Executive, leads advanced research in severe weather detection for AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.
Known as “America’s Tornado Expert”, Mike is one of America’s leading authorities in the field of extreme weather and its effects on society and business. He has received 19 patents in the fields of weather science, emergency management, and search and rescue.
A board-certified consulting meteorologist and a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Mike received the AMS award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology and, twice, their award for Outstanding Service to Meteorology by a Corporation.
In 1981, Mike founded WeatherData, Inc. Under his leadership, the company pioneered pinpoint severe-weather warning services and technologies serving transportation, manufacturing, government, and more. WeatherData was acquired by AccuWeather in 2006, becoming AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, and Mike stayed on to help build AES into America’s leading provider of commercial weather services.
Mike is the author of two books, When the Sirens Were Silent and Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather. Mike is a frequent speaker and author on both popular and technical weather-related topics. He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, Fox News, and all of the major networks.
Mike knew he would be a meteorologist at the age of five when a major tornado moved through his neighborhood. After receiving his meteorology degree from the University of Oklahoma, he worked as a television meteorologist in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and Wichita and is the first person ever to do a live telecast of a tornado. Mike lives in Wichita, KS and is married with three grown children.