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

For the Record: The future of severe weather forecasting

ALERT DAY: Winter storm moving through Wisconsin. Here's what to expect!

Winter storm to affect southern Wisconsin from late Tuesday through Wednesday; another storm New Year's Day?

Snow Tuesday night and light wintery precipitation expected Wednesday

Light accumulating snow Sunday afternoon/evening; winter storm on track for late Tuesday/Wednesday

Light snow and freezing drizzle Sunday afternoon and evening; winter storm brewing from later Tuesday through Wednesday night

Light snow/freezing drizzle late Sunday, Sunday night; winter storm likely later Tuesday and Wednesday

Light snow, flurries, or freezing drizzle likely late Sunday and Sunday night, then a winter storm is increasing likely from later Tuesday through Wednesday night

Turning much colder for Christmas; winter storm potential for late next week?

Much colder weather arrives for the Christmas holiday, with potential for snow just before the new year.

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