Michael Lowry

Hurricane Specialist and Storm Surge Expert

Before joining Local 10, Michael served as Senior Emergency Management Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

There he directed the agency’s plans for responding to disasters of all kinds, but most importantly hurricanes, for the southeast U.S. 

Lowry has 20 years of experience in tropical weather research, forecasting, and emergency management. Prior to joining FEMA, he served as a subject matter expert on hurricanes and tropical meteorology, most recently as visiting scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC), through its partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). 

Lowry served as on-air Hurricane Specialist and Tropical Program Lead for The Weather Channel (TWC). While at TWC, he provided network coverage for countless hurricanes and nor’easters, filing reports for NBC Nightly News, TODAY, MSNBC, and CNBC. 

Lowry also served as a lead scientist at the NHC in Miami, where he was responsible for the development of new tropical cyclone-related products, including new watches and warnings, for the National Weather Service (NWS). 

Other positions have included Senior Scientist at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in Alexandria, Virginia, and emergency manager and meteorologist for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, where he provided support for nine presidentially declared disasters, including seven hurricane disaster declarations in 2004 and 2005. 

Lowry is the recipient of the 2013 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award in Meteorology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in meteorology from Florida State University.