While most of us would cower and hide in the face of raging thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, the likes of Stephanie Abrams have no qualms braving these strong weather elements in order to bring educative and lifesaving weather information to her fellow Americans. An alum of the Florida State University and the University of Florida, Abrams spent much of the 2000s and 2010s decade building a formidable career as one of the most renowned meteorologists in America. She is now a famous anchor for the Weather Channel and belongs to some of the most respected weather-centric associations in the U.S. Such career success has perhaps come with a personal cost for Abrams who previously married and divorced her co-anchor, Mike Bettes. She refuses to be daunted though and continues to flourish in all ramifications with a new man in her life.
Stephanie Abrams Studied Meteorology at the Florida State University
Stephanie Abrams is often described as a nerdy geek and even though her gorgeous looks may suggest otherwise, that fact is actually true. Born on the 27th day of October 1978, Abrams hails from the town of Wellington, Florida and her father’s name is Barry Abrams. There is no information on her mom, as well as any potential siblings. As a young child, Abrams was quite brilliant and blazed through her studies at the Wellington High School. She also got invited to the prestigious robotics, space exploration, and aviation space camp organized by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Activities such as this filled Abrams with a zeal for the sciences and she enrolled to study geography and mathematics at the University of Florida. She finished with honors in 1999 and earned a spot on prestigious societies such as the Phi Betta Kappa academic society, as well as the Delta Phi Epsilon. With the dawn of a new millennium in the year 2000, Stephanie Abrams headed out to Florida State University where she specialized in meteorology.
She Co-Hosts American Morning Headquarters (AMHQ) on the Weather Channel
Stephanie Abrams sowed the seeds of her thriving career while she was still at Florida State; delivering weather forecasts on a student-run news and weather production program on a Tallahassee Cable Channel. She additionally taught a class on meteorology as a teaching assistant and all this gave her the requisite experience with which she landed her dream job as an on-camera meteorologist at the ABC-affiliated channel, WTXL, in Tallahassee, Florida, in July 2002. Abrams spent 11 months with WXTL before she was snapped up by the Weather Channel in June 2003.
She remains there to date and has become one of the top personalities on the network. In nearly two decades at the Weather Channel, Stephanie Abrams has covered all kinds of hurricanes, tornadoes, heatwaves, flooding, snow, and fire both in the U.S. and beyond. This is inspired by her passion to share potentially life-saving information with the viewers, as well as also share the stories of the strong men and women who have survived these extreme weather events. Beyond telling people what to expect from the skies each day, Stephanie Abrams has also been crucial in the Weather Channel’s drive to move away from just weather forecasting to other content.
She has co-hosted or contributed to several TV shows on the network such as Morning Rush. She is presently a co-anchor on their flagship program, American Morning Headquarters (AMHQ). AMHQ aggregates news, and business information from around the country for viewers each day. Abrams and her colleagues also devote time to cover the morning’s weather conditions during each episode. Such a stellar career has fetched Stephanie Abrams some accolades, including the American Meteorology Society seal of approval. She was also elected as a president of the society’s North Florida chapter from 2002 to 2003.
Stephanie Abrams Was Married to Weather Channel Co-anchor, Mike Bettes
Several individuals have found love in the workplace and Stephanie Abrams happens to be one of them. The Florida State alum was married to her Weather Channel, colleague, Mike Bettes. Six years older than Abrams, Bettes was born on the 9th day of January 1972 and grew up in Ohio where he studied atmospheric sciences. He subsequently resumed his career as a meteorologist and worked in that capacity for some local news channels before joining the Weather Channel family in 2003. Mike Bettes spent about four years with the Weather Channel before he switched allegiances to NBC news where he serves as a special reporter, as well as a fill-in weather anchor on their popular The Today Show.
Apart from his work as a meteorologist, Mike Bettes is also better known as a storm chaser. This has led to some close shave with hazardous weather, including a devastating tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, in 2013, but he keeps on following his passion.
The Couple Divorced After a Few Years and Stephanie Abrams Now Has a New Beau in Her Life
There is a paucity of details about the romance that once existed between Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes but it is reasonable to assume that they met in the course of their work at the Weather Channel. The duo were not only colleagues but once co-hosted a show titled Abrams & Bettes: Beyond the Forecast. The program focused on the weather forecast, news, and discussion, and was also part of the move by the Weather Channel to bring more diverse topics. Abrams and Bettes thus met in the course of their time at the Weather Channel and began a romantic relationship. They later tied the knot but sadly, the marriage only lasted for a couple of years before they formally divorced.
The couple never came out to give the reason for the split but it could have possibly been career demands. It was also possible that they simply grew apart and developed different interests from each other. Whichever it is, Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes are no longer married and have each moved on with their individual lives. Mike Bettes is now married to freelance CNN weather anchor, Allison Chinchar. They tied the knot in 2012 and now have a child together. On her own part, Stephanie Abrams is head over heels in love with a fellow named Liann Freeman.
The two have reportedly been together since 2017 and their love is still going strong. A perusal of Abrams’ Instagram page will show that they have a passion for hiking, as well as traveling all over the world with their recent visit including places such as Iceland and the U.K. Some sources have it that Abrams and Freeman are engaged and have even tied the knot but one cannot say for sure. One thing that we do know for sure is that Stephanie Abrams is not engaged to Jim Cantore. Cantore is only her colleague on the Weather Channel and they co-host AMHQ together. They are great pals but there is nothing romantic between them.