If you tune into KING 5, Jordan Steele’s is a face you likely recognize. The evening meteorologist and lifestyle host has been working in television since 2006, when he served as a production assistant for an independent station in San Diego. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Mississippi State University, Steele has worked in television everywhere from Eastern Washington and Oregon to Austin, Texas, and, since 2017, at Seattle’s KING 5. We caught up with Steele to learn more about his career trajectory (as of press time, Jordan took a new position with The Weather Channel) and his favorite Eastside haunts.
To Relax Medina Beach Park
For Dinner Central Bar + Restaurant, Bellevue
To Be Inspired Champions Centre, Bellevue
Currently Reading: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
Currently Listening to Podcasts: Joe Rogan, Conan O’Brien, Tony Robbins, and BiggerPockets
Best Professional Advice You’ve Received: “You’ll never make it as a TV meteorologist; you should stick to something easier, like production.” My college professor told me this my senior year. I’ve taken that statement and allowed it to push me as far as I want to go.
Mantra You Live By: Where focus goes, energy flows.
Hobbies: Surfing, snowboarding, camping, hunting — anything outside, really.
What originally drew you to working in television and as a meteorologist?
I actually got lucky. I knew I wanted to do something in the television world; I just didn’t know what. The student weather-lady was graduating, and the college was having auditions for the next student TV weathercaster. I auditioned and got the position. Over a period of two years, I practiced and studied. I found a passion for meteorology and continued my education with another college while I worked at my first job in Eastern Washington.
Tell us about the different elements of your job. What parts do you enjoy the most, and why?
My favorite weather events are thunderstorms and snow coverage around the area. That’s when I really get excited about the weather portion of my job. I also have really enjoyed highlighting different stories that make the PNW special. Recently, I’ve changed my storytelling to reflect more impact in the climate discussion. I love that I’m able to go out and experience what makes this place truly amazing.
How is reporting in this area different than in Austin, Texas, or Pasco?
Oh, it’s way different. I think this has been my favorite place to forecast. We have so many microclimates in Western Washington. I’ve seen 20-degree differences in daytime temperatures between Whatcom County and King County. We’ll get snow on the coast, and rain in Puget Sound with the same storm. We can have small tornadoes pop up in an instant and trees snap in half due to a downburst. The mountainous area of Washington makes forecasting truly unique. There aren’t many places in the country that get to forecast weather like we do. It’s fascinating.
How does your job change the way you see the world?
It’s made me appreciate life more than anything. Being in this industry, we come across a lot of people. We hear amazing awe-inspiring stories, and we also hear some pretty tragic stories. But the one thing that will always stand out to me, is how much people want to be loved, inspired, and appreciated. The people here are great. Sometimes we watch the news and look at all the negativity that’s out there, and it can tear us down. But what we really need to do is look at all the good that is happening. There’s a lot out there. Unfortunately, those good stories don’t get told as often. I’m hoping we can change that and showcase more of the good of this world. Because it’s right in front of us.