Boiler issue closes Sisters Elementary; other schools open

A broken boiler prompted closure of Sisters Elementary School on Monday, but no other school closures or delays were reported as slick roads linger from last week's major snowstorm.


Travis Knudsen

POSTED: 12:48 PM PDT June 28, 2012    UPDATED: 9:01 AM PDT September 24, 2014 
Travis Knudsen

NewsChannel 21 Meteorologist

Born in Colorado in May of 1989, I grew up watching a wide variety of weather through four very distinctive seasons. My passion for weather was sparked one late evening, in the heart of winter, before a highly anticipated snowstorm, my family was sitting at home watching the local weatherman on TV.

I watched as he talked about the approaching cold front and described the stream of moist warm air possibly bringing record breaking snowfall to the region. I smiled hoping for a snow day from school, it was exciting! At that moment, in that excitement, while I watched the weatherman point at the brightly colored moving graphics on the screen, I decided I wanted to be a meteorologist. I was 12 years old.

Through the rest of my public schooling I worked hard, taking all the math and science courses I could. When I graduated, I attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. While there, I landed an internship in Denver, Colo. under Mike Nelson, the same weatherman I had been watching when I was inspired to pursue my career. The two years I spent in my internship have so far been the most valuable experience in my professional life.

Beginning my junior year, I started working at DayWeather, Inc., forecasting for multiple newspapers nationwide as well as recording radio weather hits to be broadcasted across the Midwest. It was here where I gain much of my confidence, ability, and experience as a meteorologist.

Finally, during the start of my second semester of my senior year in college, I accepted a part time position as the weekend meteorologist at the CBS station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Upon receiving my BS in Meteorology in May of 2011, I was hired on full time. My new duties included reporting on the weekdays, in addition to my weekend position.

A year later, I left Cheyenne and came to Bend. I arrived at NewsChannel 21 in June of 2012, and I am thrilled to be finally working in the great state of Oregon (a place I consider to be my career destination). Bend is a beautiful city and Central Oregon is a diverse region, with hundreds of micro climates I’m very happy to be forecasting for!

In September of 2014, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation as a professional recognition of the quality of my weather broadcasts. To receive this designation, my education background was reviewed, I passed a rigorous written examination and had my on-air work reviewed to assess the graphical content of my broadcasts, as well as my explanation and presentation abilities. I am happy and honored to have received one of the highest levels of recognition in my field of work.

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