Tod Hyslip developed his interest in meteorology as a child when the annual trip to Chicago to watch the Cubs play was postponed due to rain. He started watching Tom Skilling’s forecasts on WGN prior to the game to see if the weather would be cooperative at the “Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field”.
After completing a meteorology degree at Western Illinois University and spending a couple years in support of a master’s degree at Southern Illinois University, he started his television weather casting career at WSIL in the Harrisburg, IL, Paducah, Kentucky, Cape Girardeau market, and then moved on to KYTV in Springfield, Missouri in the late 1980s. During his time in Springfield, he also taught meteorology at Drury College.
When the National Weather Service began a major modernization program in the late 1980s/early 1990s, he began a 30-year career with the bureau; initially in Birmingham, Alabama, and then in Knoxville, Tennessee. He retired from the National Weather Service in 2021.
In his free time, Tod enjoys playing trumpet and piano, and of course, watching Chicago Cubs baseball. And, because he’s been a hard-core fan of the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs since 1980, he’s thrilled to be back in southwest Missouri, surrounded by a massive contingent of Chief fans!