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.


Periodic changes for heavy rain and possible flooding over the next week

Pleasant fall weather to continue through Thursday, chances of rain through next week

Risk of severe storms Tuesday night

Heavy thunderstorms might lead to flooding Saturday night

Strong thunderstorms possible through Thursday

Much of central Wisconsin under threat of severe thunderstorms

Heat wave brings dangerously hot weather, up to 110 degree heat index

Dangerously hot weather possible for Thursday and Friday

The heat is on: Hot, humid weather to continue into weekend

Humid weather, chance of thunderstorms expected for 4th of July

The most important forecast in history: The D-Day weather forecast 75 years later

Severe weather threat ending across southern Wisconsin

Thunderstorms, showers move through southern Wisconsin

Severe weather threat to continue into weekend

Possible record cold night on tap for southern Wisconsin, melting snow on Sunday

Snow to stick around Saturday night, a thing of the past by Sunday afternoon

Strong storms possible for southern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon

Flooding possible over the next couple of days

Arctic air, snow forecasted in wintry Wisconsin weekend

Large winter storm takes aim at Wisconsin this weekend

Light snow throughout day to impact travel

Wind chills will stay below zero until Monday

After bitterly cold temperatures, more snow could be on the way next week

Weekend snow in forecast could affect travelers

Storms, showers remain in forecast through the week in already waterlogged southern Wisconsin

5-11 inches of rain leads to flash flood warnings between La Crosse, Wisconsin Dells

Radar detects smoke from Sun Prairie explosion

NEXRAD images look like thunderstorm at smoke peak

Hot, humid weather, temps that feel like 100 degrees sticking around next week

Severe thunderstorm watch Friday, plus humid, hot weather expected for Memorial Day weekend

Temperatures expected to be in 80s, 90s

May kicks off with threats of severe weather, heavy rainfall

Storm comes after coldest April in Madison history

Overnight snowfall to interrupt spring

Temperatures to stay cool for Easter holiday weekend

Early April to remain chilly

Far southwestern Wisconsin to be hit with late night winter storm

Developing winter storm could hit southwestern Wisconsin Friday night

Snow could fall heavily for hours, accumulate

Snowstorm expected to start Friday night in southern Wisconsin

Mixed snow, rain Saturday morning

Winter storm spreads snow throughout southern Wisconsin

Winter Storm Warning issued in Dane County

Dangerous, bitter wind chills strike snow-covered Midwest

Frostbite can hurt exposed skin

Risk of severe thunderstorms Monday night

Advisory for 40+ mph winds in effect through Tues.

ALERT DAY: Storms possible Thursday

Strong storms plow through Midwest

Wind advisory until 6 p.m.