Taylor Dayton's passion for weather started at a very young age. “When all my friends were watching cartoons, I was watching the weather channel,” says WDIO-TV’s morning Meteorologist, Taylor Dayton.
Growing up in the small Northern Arizona town of Snowflake (yes, that’s the town’s real name, not one made up by a weather guy,) Taylor is no stranger to snow. The town is located in the state’s higher elevations, and Taylor was always the first in the neighborhood to be out shoveling the driveway after a snowstorm. He put away the shovel during Arizona’s summer monsoon season and recalls being glued to the radar watching for thunderstorms.
When Taylor was in 3rd grade he began doing the school’s morning weather announcements. He also called the local radio station every morning to let everyone know what kind of weather to expect for the day.
Taylor’s lifelong dream to be a weatherman led him to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona. Taylor also minored in Environmental Science and is currently completing his Meteorology program.
During college, he gained forecasting experience as the Chief Meteorologist with the student media channel, and he interned with the weather team at KOLD News 13 in Tucson.
Taylor is beyond excited to join the WDIO /WIRT weather team and is looking forward to the winters in the Northland. “Anytime I know a snowstorm is coming, I wait up like a kid at Christmas time waiting for the first snowflakes to fall. I might not be getting much sleep now that I live in a place that gets more than 80 inches of snow in an average year!”
In his spare time, Taylor enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with his wife and 2- year-old daughter. He is looking forward to the many fishing, camping and outdoor adventures that await him here in the Northland.
If you would like to contact Taylor, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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