Chicago forecaster dies from lung cancer

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Chicago meteorologist Mike Hamernik has died, his sister confirmed on Twitter.

Hamernik, who was part of WGN’s “WeatherCenter” team, died March 10, 2021, from lung cancer.

He was 60.

Hamernik joined WGN in 2005 after three years with the now defunct sister cable network CLTV.

Hamernik was a Chicago native and had an early interest in weather, including studying printed weather maps that WGN’s then chief meteorologist Harry Volkman gave him, according to WGN.

The younger Hamernik’s father, Donald, was a musician for Bozo’s Circus and Artists’ Showcase, two classic WGN shows.