Like many weather enthusiasts, Jeff is very passionate about the weather and has a great respect for it. “My job is to inform the people of my hometown about the potential impact of a weather situation, so they can take the necessary steps to protect their property and, more importantly, their lives.”
Jeff is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association and the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists. In February 2008, he was inducted into the National Meteorologist Hall of Fame in Punxsutawney, Pa. He also serves as a trained weather spotter for the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service.
When he’s not watching the sky or tracking the next approaching storm system, Jeff can be found talking about it with area elementary students. Every year the Weather Classroom hits the road to educate kids about some of the basics of weather and forecasting.
Here in Pittsburgh, Jeff began his broadcasting career on the radio at WVTY-FM (Variety 96) and WRRK-FM (Magic 97) where he was an on-air personality and morning show producer.
He came to KDKA-TV from KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas, where he forecast the weather for the morning and noon broadcasts. While in Texas, Jeff received great on-the-job severe weather training. He covered numerous hurricanes and also chased countless “Texas-sized” super cells every spring.
Born and raised in Sewickley, Jeff attended Quigley High School in Baden, PA and graduated as an Alden Scholar from Allegheny College in Meadville with a degree in Broadcast Communications and English. He received his degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Depending on the season, you can find Jeff doing a variety of different things outdoors. In the winter, he enjoys lots of powdery snow, a steep hill and freshly waxed skis. In the summer, you’ll find him ‘trying’ to stretch a double into a triple in his weekend softball league. And, any time of year, Jeff likes to head below sea level for scuba diving with sharks. Jeff, his wife Shelly and their sons Alexander and Carson live in the Wexford area.
Over the years, Wexford Elementary School has been one of the biggest school supporters of the KDKA-TV Turkey Fund.
With another winter right around the corner, Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla has completed his annual winter weather forecast.
After sleeping underground for 17 years, cicadas are emerging in several local towns.
There’s a group of people in Norman, Oklahoma who know before any of us when severe weather is going to happen.
The changing leaves, the cooler air and the plethora of pumpkin products means fall is here and reminds us that winter can’t be far behind.
Another round of snow is expected this weekend.
KDKA-TV Chief Meteorologist Jeff Verszyla’s effort to determine the mood of Old Man Winter this year started with a scientific summit to discuss some of global patterns, which will influence the type of season ahead.
Tuesday wasn’t just filled with April showers, but April flurries.
It’s a far cry from the spring-like weather we were enjoying just 24 hours ago. But this harsh winter is not over just yet.
Tuesday is expected to be another nice, mild day in Pittsburgh.
Extreme cold and snow-covered roads continue to be big weather concerns across the area as temperatures continue to plummet.
Snow showers are once again knocking on our doorstep, and a blast of frigid air is right behind it.
A fast-moving storm system is dropping snow across the area this evening, creating some hazardous driving conditions on local roads.
This weekend November gets a little colder and we could see some snow.
This winter is shaping up to be full of changes; significant shifts in the weather patterns leading to changes occurring on a month-to-month basis.