Gary Cannalte

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Hometown: Hoffman Estates, Illinois

High School: James B. Conant High School-Class of 1979

College: Northern Illinois University: Bachelor of Science-Meteorology, Minor-Communication Studies, August 1987

Other Journalism Experience: WJFW-TV Rhinelander, WI, July 1988-September 1990

Started at News 3 Now on: September 24, 1990

What is your favorite part about living in Madison?

I like the fact that Madison can appeal to so many people. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, lived in the city of Chicago for a time, lived in a farm community in college, lived in a small northern Wisconsin town for my first TV job, and Madison has elements that remind me of all those places I once called home.

What is the biggest news story that you’ve covered?

There have been several: the big blizzard of December 3, 1990; the Town of Dunn tornado of March 27, 1991; the Southern Dane County tornado of June 17, 1992; the Madison tornado of June 23, 2004; the Stoughton tornado of August 18, 2005.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Watch baseball (Chicago Cubs fan), bowling, amateur radio.

What is your family life like? Significant other, married, children?

My wife, Jean Marty, is an seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Savanna Oaks Middle School in Fitchburg; my son Chuck is now a college student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee looking to study Graphic Design. We have a dog, “Joe” who has been with us since he was a puppy.

What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

Plain old vanilla.

What is the funniest thing that?s ever happened to you?

Falling flat on my face trying to score from third in a softball game at the old Billy Rowe Field in Verona in front of my future wife and in-laws.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Who is your hero and why?

My parents. My dad Gary Sr. was an electrical engineer for Motorola who could design, fix, or build almost anything, and my mom Mary Ann was always proud of me and believed I could do anything.

What was your favorite band when you were in high school?

The Carpenters and C.W. McCall.

What is your favorite sport to play or watch?

Baseball, with bowling a close second.

If you could possess one superhuman power, what would it be?

Strength…with it, I’d still be playing softball or baseball.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?

Typing…I still type with two fingers.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

Going to Hawaii with my wife in 1997. The trip got off to a rocky start with cancelled flights and misplaced baggage, but once we settled in, it was a relaxing vacation.

Articles

Severe weather expected this afternoon

Very cold weather gives way to a weekend warm-up; winter storm potential Tuesday/Wednesday of next week

Wintry mix could cause travel problems Monday/Monday night, another cold blast Wednesday, Thursday

Winter storm likely for southern Wisconsin on Sunday, but less likely later next week

MADISON, Wis. - A winter storm will bring moderate to locally heavy snowfall across southern Wisconsin on Sunday

Accumulating snow Sunday, another storm possible around Wednesday - Gary

MADISON, Wis. - Several inches of snow is expected on Sunday, with the potential for more accumulating snow in the middle of next week.

Temperatures return to near-normal with several chances for snow ahead

January will end and February will begin with mild weather

Several inches of snow likely tonight/Saturday morning

More accumulating light snow expected through Saturday morning

Milder weather brings light snow from tonight through Saturday morning

Major winter storm expected this weekend

Milder Thursday, then accumulating weekend snow is likely

Colder weather Wednesday to be followed by a warm-up Thursday, then accumulating snow this weekend

Unseasonably mild weather through Christmas Day

Cold for Wednesday, but milder weather returns Thursday, lasts through Christmas

Very quiet weather through the Christmas holiday means little chance for white Christmas

Seasonably cold through Wednesday; mild temperatures aren't favorable for white Christmas

Some fog, freezing drizzle, flurries tonight, then a colder weekend

Chances for freezing drizzle, flurries, light snow through Saturday, then colder

Breezy, milder Thursday with a quick burst of light snow; colder this weekend

Another cold day on Wednesday, then a quick warmup for Thursday, Friday

Much colder weather for a couple of days, followed by some light snow chances

One more mild spell this weekend, then much colder next week with snow chances

Generally mild through the weekend, then winter returns next week

Quiet weather through Saturday, then colder with snow chances returning beginning on Monday

Quiet weather expected for about a week following last weekend's storm

More travel woes overnight and Sunday through much of the midwest

More wintry weather to end Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Expect a quiet Thanksgiving holiday, but another storm will impact Wisconsin this weekend

Winds diminishing Wednesday night, next storm to bring more wind, rain, some snow over the weekend

High winds, rain, thunderstorms and heavy snow affecting Midwest travel overnight, Wednesday morning

Winter storm to affect travel with snow in northwestern Wisconsin; rain, wind elsewhere

Quiet weather through the weekend, watching a storm for late Tuesday, early Wednesday

Milder weather marks first time in three weeks high temperatures are above normal

Milder weather leads to fog tonight; windy and rainy Wednesday night

Slippery morning commute possible Tuesday

Temperatures rise above freezing for the first time since Sunday

Clouds made a difference in today's temperatures

Snow this evening ending around midnight

Snow ending Wednesday evening followed by unseasonably cold weather -Gary