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Hey, I’m Tom Wachs, a Meteorologist here at FOX6. I joined the FOX6 Weather Team in June, 2014. It’s great to be home again. Ever since age 3, I knew I wanted to be a Meteorologist. I grew up in Mequon, watching and learning from Vince Condella. In high school, I was fortunate to intern with Vince. So, it’s a dream come true to work at FOX6.

After graduating from Homestead High School, I attended both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I dove into the business early, interning at many TV stations in both Milwaukee and Oklahoma City. I also interned at The Weather Channel in Atlanta. After college, I spent two years as Chief Meteorologist at KNOP-TV in North Platte, Nebraska before moving to WJHL-TV in northeast Tennessee. I met my beautiful wife in Tennessee and we headed for Kansas City, where I worked at KCTV for 6 years, doing TV weather and storm chasing for the station.

I was one of the first 200 people in the country to receive the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation (“CBM”) from the American Meteorological Society. I was also honored to receive the 2010 and 2011 Best Weathercast Award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my daughter and traveling with my wife.


Recent Articles
  • Snow, sleet totals from April 15, 2018 spring storm

    MILWAUKEE — The National Weather Service (NWS) is collecting data from the winter storm that hit southeast Wisconsin Sunday, April 15. CLICK HERE to view a snowfall totals map from the National Weather Service Snow/Sleet totals from NWS as measured in inches (updated as totals come in): DATE/TIME OF REPORT LOCATION SNOWFALL (in) 04:24 am CDT – 4/16/2018 1 E FOND DU LAC 11.2 08:00 pm CDT – 4/15/2018 GREEN LAKE 9.8 05:00 pm CDT – 4/15/2018 FOND DU LAC 9.3 03:30 pm […]

  • Free and open to the public: National Weather Service offers Storm Spotter Training

    The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan is providing free Storm Spotter Training across southeast Wisconsin this spring. These classes last for two hours and the training is free and open to the public. Anyone wanting to become a trained storm spotter or learn more about storms is encouraged to attend. 2018 Southeast Wisconsin Storm Spotter Training Schedule: Thursday March 22nd: LaGrange-Walworth Co. 6:30pm-8:30pm at LaGrange Fire Station Monday March 26th: Brookfield-Waukesha Co. 6:30pm-8:30pm at Brookfield Public Library Wednesday March 28th: […]

  • Snow Totals – Feb. 11, 2018

    Here is a list of snow totals from across Southeastern Wisconsin from Saturday night, Feb. 10 to Sunday morning, Feb. 11. Wind Point 6.1” Wind Lake 5.0” Kenosha 4.6” Pell Lake 4.5” Mitchell Int’l. 4.3” Oak Creek 4.2” Delavan 4.0” Waukesha 4.0” Pleasant Prairie 3.8” North Bay 3.7” Greendale 3.6” Sullivan 3.6” Franklin 3.6” Lake Geneva 3.5” New Berlin 3.4” Palmyra 3.4” Caledonia 3.3” Elkhorn 3.3” Elmwood Park 3.3” Glendale 3.2” Mequon 3.2” Pewaukee 3.0” West Allis 3.0” Brown Deer […]

  • Weekend Snow Totals – February 4, 2018

    Here are snow totals from across southeast Wisconsin from Saturday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 4, 2018. Courtesy: National Weather Service Belgium 8.3” New Berlin 8.0” Sussex 7.5” Theresa 7.1” West Bend 7.0” Randolph 7.0” Okauchee Lake 7.0” Lisbon 7.0” Butler 7.0” Sullivan 6.8” Random Lake 6.5” Lac La Belle 6.5” Hartland 6.5” Cascade 6.5” Sheboygan 6.4” Brown Deer 6.3” Horicon 6.2” Merton 6.1” Waukesha 6.0” Ripon 6.0” Hartford 6.0” Germantown 6.0” Fox Point 6.0” Watertown 6.0” Plymouth 5.9” Racine […]

  • Snow totals from January 23, 2018

    MILWAUKEE — The snow really added up quickly from Monday night into Tuesday morning — especially in the southern part of the FOX6 viewing area. Below is a list of the snowfall totals as noted by the National Weather Service and FOX6 Viewers: Paddock Lake 9 Burlington 8 Waterford 8 Wheatland 8 Rochester 7.8 Pell Lake 7.5 Brighton 7.5 Silver Lake 7 Sturtevant 6 Palmyra 5.7 Elkhorn 5.6 Twin Lakes 5.5 Whitewater 5 West Allis 4.5 Franklin 4.3 Oconomowoc 4.1 […]

  • Rainfall totals for October 10-11: First significant rainfall in Milwaukee since mid-July

    Rain Totals from October 10/11, 2017 in SE WI: Kenosha 2.32 New Berlin 1.88 Delavan 1.85 Delafield 1.75 Wind Pont 1.73 Racine 1.62 Genoa City 1.60 Merton 1.57 Oconomowoc 1.49 Ft. Atkinson 1.45 Lake Geneva 1.44 Oak Creek 1.42 Waukesha 1.39 S. Milwaukee 1.38 Mitchell Int’l. 1.35 Pell Lake 1.30 Jefferson 1.27 Cudahy 1.27 Pleasant Prairie 1.25 Sussex 1.25 Union Grove 1.24 Palmyra 1.20 Greendale 1.16 Whitewater 1.08 West Allis 1.04 Waterford 1.04 Cedarburg 0.97 Brookfield 0.95 Glendale 0.94 Germantown […]

  • Reports of funnel clouds northwest of Milwaukee metro area

    MILWAUKEE — The National Weather Service says there have been a handful of funnel cloud reports across the area — in particular northwest of the Milwaukee metro area. FOX6 Weather Expert Tom Wachs says that the reason these funnels are developing is because of an area of low pressure on top of us. The low is enhancing rotation in the atmosphere. While they look menacing, Tom says that these types of funnels rarely reach the ground. This is why we […]

  • July 12th Rain Totals

    Lyons 8.04” Paddock Lake 7.54” Burlington 6.62” Muskego 6.52” West Allis 2.80” Lake Geneva 7.60″ Wind Point 0.67″ Hales Corners 6.52″ Kenosha 4.31″ Sheboygan 0.19″ Muskego 1.95″ Brown Deer 0.96″ Eagle 5.35″ Howards Grove 0.44″ West Bend 0.55″ Genoa City 3.93″ Beaver Dam 0.46″ Glendale 1.45″ Wales 3.28″ Okauchee Lake 2.90″ Potter Lake 4.16″ WSW Brown Deer 1.15″ Greendale 2.54″ Brookfield 3.22″ Plymouth 0.25″ Twin Lakes 3.47″ Jefferson 1.01″ Cedarburg 1.34″ West Bend 0.63″ St. Francis 1.65″ Fort Atkinson 0.63″ […]

  • Become a trained storm spotter: Sign up for Weather Safety and Storm Spotter Classes

    The National Weather Service in Sullivan is hosting FREE Weather Safety & Storm Spotter Courses across SE WI. This is a great opportunity to learn more about weather safety. If you are interested in becoming a trained storm spotter, the National Weather Service will train you on what to look for and how to report severe weather to the NWS & Media. No pre-registration is required, with the exception of Sturtevant. For a complete list, visit weather.gov/mkx/spotter-schedule. The classes listed below […]

  • Snow totals for Monday, March 13th-Tuesday, March 14th

    Here is a running list of snow totals for the March 13th & 14th, 2017 snow storm. All totals listed below are via the National Weather Service local office in Sullivan WI.  If you have a report to share CLICK HERE. 23 Wind Point 21.5 Elmwood Park 17.5 North Bay 17 Racine 15.7 Newburg 13.7 Germantown 13.5 Jackson 13 Menomonee Falls 12.5 West Allis 12 Mequon 12 Grafton 12 Belgium 12 Brookfield 11.8 New Berlin 11.5 Milwaukee 11.5 Kenosha 11.3 […]

  • March 1, 2017 Snow Totals

    Snow moved through southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. It was a heavy, wet snow that really piled up on grassy surfaces. The heaviest snow fell north of Milwaukee, in Sheboygan county. Lighter amounts near the Illinois border. Snow Totals: 7 Greenbush 6.9 Plymouth 6 Hartford 6 Taycheedah 6 Sheboygan 5.5 Lomira 5 Belgium 5 Random Lake 4.7 Watertown 4.6 Jackson 3.6 Oconomowoc 3.5 Germantown 2.3 Sullivan 2.1 Mitchell Int’l. 2 Brown Deer 1.8 Grafton 0.5 Kenosha

  • Snow totals from Winter Storm Fri/Sat: 12/16-12/17

    MILWAUKEE — Here is a list of the latest snow totals in our area. FOX6 Weather Experts are tracking plenty of places where the snow has added up. These are the most recent totals: Okauchee Lake 11.2 Sheboygan 11 Sussex 11 North Prairie 10.5 Kohler 10 Waukesha 10 Random Lake 9.5 New Berlin 9.4 Oak Creek 9.3 Beaver Dam 9.1 Glendale 8.8 Merton 8.8 Cudahy 8.6 Mitchell Int’l. 8.6 Brown Deer 8.5 Newburg 8.5 Oconomowoc 8.4 Merton 8.3 Eagle 8.2 […]