Mike Caplan is a meteorologist for FOX 32’s Good Day Chicago. He joined the WFLD team in December 2015.
Caplan was born and raised in the northern suburbs and has called Chicago home for most of his life. After graduating Warren Township High School in Gurnee, he earned an Associate’s Degree from the College of Lake County. From there, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University.
His first job after college was in Champaign-Urbana, IL at WCIA. While there, he reported news before being promoted to weekend and noon weather anchor. Caplan also co-hosted the station’s PM Magazine show and earned a one-on-one interview with President Ronald Reagan at the White House — one of the very first reporters granted such access.
In 1987, Caplan was hired by WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC as chief weather anchor. Two years later, he was selected to also co-anchor the station’s early evening newscast in addition to his weather duties. While there, he covered everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to snowstorms.
In 1994, Caplan came back home to Chicago to work for WLS-TV. He earned his meteorologist credentials from Mississippi State University and became the 4 p.m. weekday meteorologist.
Caplan joined FOX 32 in December of 2015 as the station’s morning meteorologist for Good Day Chicago.
When he isn’t predicting the weather for FOX and his audience on social media, he is an accomplished and published photographer. He and his wife own a photographic and web design business in the northern suburbs.
Caplan is also an adjunct instructor at the College of Lake County where he teaches photography. He and his wife Laura are avid travelers and seem drawn to cold places like Iceland and Yellowstone in the winter.
Caplan still calls the northern suburbs home where he lives with his wife and teenage son.
Chicago will be unseasonably warm today with highs in the low 60s.
Thought it was warm yesterday afternoon? Wait until today and even more so tomorrow.
An amazing month of unseasonable warmth continues this week.
Today will be cloudy with flurries and highs in the low to mid 30s. A steadier light snow will fall over our far-southern counties where an inch or so could accumulate.
Highs in Chicago will be close to 40 degrees today making this the 25th day in a row of above-average temperatures.
Despite the frosty start, temperatures will rise to love-worthy levels on this Valentine’s Day. Highs will climb into the mid 40s in most locations under mostly to partly sunny skies.
Chicago will not be quite as warm as yesterday. Expect temps closer to 40 degrees for the high with mostly sunny skies.
It’s a cold morning but uninterrupted sunshine will warm us up into the mid 40s this afternoon.
The record high for Chicago today is 56 degrees set back in 1886. Today's weather is going to be close.
A truly unusual February day is in store for Chicago with unseasonable warmth, gusty winds and a low-end risk of severe thunderstorms.