Jackson Chastain

He’s not quite sure what the spark was, but Jackson has always been a fan of the weather, having fond memories watching the movie Twister as a kid and spotting storms on the porch with his grandmother. Born in San Diego, California, Jackson spent the first half of his childhood living in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois in a small town called Plainfield, which had experienced the wrath of an F5 tornado in August of 1990. Typical of the Midwest, frigid and snowy conditions were never far off during the winter, and Jackson developed an unrelenting love for colder temperatures early in his life. Moving to the Dallas metropolitan area later on, Jackson got the opportunity to experience a new brand of weather in a place where severe thunderstorms and tornadoes were more common.

He completed his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University where he graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology as part of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2021. Eager to continue his education, Jackson opted for a second college stint at Mississippi State University, where he graduated in May of 2023 with an M.S. in Meteorology with an emphasis on broadcasting and a minor in GIS. It was in northeast Mississippi where Jackson got his start in broadcasting, working part-time at WCBI-TV in Columbus, MS. For nearly two years, he accrued many hours covering everything from daybreak shows to major tornado outbreaks.

You can catch Jackson bright and early Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:00 am and 8:00 am with co-anchor Kayla Schmidt, and Saturday nights at 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. You can also catch him filling in from time to time for Eric, Brett, and Dan when needed.

When Jackson isn’t giving the weather you can catch him working out, hiking, skiing, and cheering on his Aggies, Dawgs, and Canucks! If you see him out in public, be sure to give him a wave!

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