Alan Sealls has been in Mobile, Alabama, on TV as a chief meteorologist for 24 years. Alan not only holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology from Cornell University and from Florida State University, but he also has professional certifications from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA). Alan is a Fellow of the AMS- a distinction held by a small fraction of meteorologists.
Before arriving in Mobile in 1999, Alan was a meteorologist at the NBC TV station in Chicago. Prior to that he spent 5 years at Chicago superstation WGN-TV. While there, he was a meteorology professor at Columbia College in Chicago. He worked as a meteorologist at WTMJ-TV & Radio, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after starting his career in Albany, Georgia, at WALB-TV.
Alan continues to teach weather broadcasting at the University of South Alabama, each spring. Alan was the 2018 President of the National Weather Association. He has served as both a Councilor and a Board Chair for both the NWA and the AMS. He often is a guest lecturer on college campuses, and an invited presenter and panelist for weather and journalism conventions.
With 25 regional Emmy nominations, Alan has won fourteen regional Emmy awards. He received "Best Weather Anchor" from the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association four times, and best weathercaster in the state three times from the Alabama Broadcaster's Association. Alan also won a best-in-state award for his retrospective on Hurricane Ivan. The AMS recognized Alan with an award for excellence in science reporting for a three-part series he produced on climate change. In 2017, Reddit users voted him “Best Weatherman Ever”, during Hurricane Irma, after one of his weather segments went viral on social media. Lagniappe newspaper readers voted Alan as Best Meteorologist in Mobile, eight years in a row. In 2019, Alan won the AMS Award for Broadcast Meteorology for a career of science education to the public and to his peers. Alan has also received several community service awards in the last few years.
You’ll find a bi-weekly weather column Alan pens in Lagniappe newspaper. He also has written and produced more than 100 weather videos used by educators in multiple countries, distributed by Boclips and by Discovery Education. Shorter versions of some of those videos are on his YouTube channel.
Alan Sealls further shares his knowledge in weather safety seminars for businesses. He also does work as a forensic meteorologist- a consultant and expert witness in legal cases where weather is a factor. In addition to being a published author, Alan is an accomplished weather photographer. Alan’s photo hobby ties into his profession. His work and weather photos have been used in television, science research, and in college textbooks. He has captured the art and science of weather both in storm chasing, and in several flights with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters.
Alan's career story as a meteorologist is featured in a children’s book Capturing the Sky: The True Story of How Alan Sealls Became the Best Weatherman Ever.