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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center is pleased to announce Jim Cantore of The Weather ChannelÂ® as its 2013 inductee into the Meteorologist Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place on Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Weather Center on North Findley Street.
Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Whether it's in the middle of an ice storm, tornado activity or a Category 5 hurricane, there is no place Jim Cantore would rather be.Â
Known as the Weather Channelâ€™s storm tracker, Cantore reports tirelessly throughout the duration of the storms to provide live coverage and also is a frequent guest on NBC programs such as "Nightly News with Brian Williams" and "The Today Show" and on MSNBC.
He also traveled to London to cover the 2012 Summer Games for TWC and NBC.
Cantore is well-known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.Â He serves as host to many original productions on The Weather Channel, includingÂ the award-winning "Storm Stories," the network's first signature long-form series.Â
His latest series, "Cantore Stories," follows his adventures to extraordinary climate locations to meet with the unique people who live there.Â
He also goes on location to report weather's connection to upcoming sports and other popular events.
In an article about Cantore inÂ USA Today, writer Patrick O'Driscoll stated, "What endears Cantore to serious weather-watchers is how he explains the scene without onscreen melodrama.Â He gives it straight.Â It boils down to the trust factor."Â Â
A native of White River Junction, Vt., Cantore graduated with a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, Vt.).
Cantore found his dream job at The Weather Channel as his first job out of college and first appeared on air in July 1986.
When he's not out in the elements keeping The Weather Channel viewers out of harm's way, Cantore's passion for the outdoors is equally evident in his leisure activities.
He enjoys skiing, softball, golf, landscaping and spending time with his two children. Â
When possible, Cantore serves to help out many charitable foundations nationwide. Jim also gives his time to several charitable organizations across America, several times a year.Â
Cantore will become the seventh inductee into the Meteorologist Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is annually held on Groundhog Day.
Cantore joins such well known meteorologists as AccuWeather founder Dr. Joel Meyers, KDKA TVâ€™s Jeff Verszyla, Paul Knight from Weather World, and Dr. Greg Forbes, also from The Weather Channel.
Following the induction, Cantore will greet visitors to the Weather Center from 2 to 3 p.m.
Both the induction and the â€śmeet and greetâ€ť with Cantore are open to the public with paid admission to the Weather Center.
The Weather Channel will make the Weather Center its home base for its Groundhog Day coverage.
A camera crew will arrive in Punxsutawney on Tuesday of that week to shoot highlights from Punxsutawney to use during its reporting in the days leading up to Punxsutawney Philâ€™s big day and throughout