You can watch Meteorologist Ross Ellet on 13abc Action News at 4:30 to 7am weekday mornings and on Toledo’s only hour long noon newscast. Ross was awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, the highest seal of approval offered by the American Meteorological Society.
Even as a child, Ross had that passion for weather and forecasting. He would watch TV every day and try to compete with forecasters by making his own predictions at the age of 5. "At the time I was just guessing and everybody laughed," Ellet said. Ross grew up just down the turnpike in northeast Indiana, outside the small town of Albion. There he experienced lake-effect snow, blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, and heat waves. The extreme weather sparked his deep passion for Meteorology. Ross later graduated from Purdue University with his Meteorology degree, and a minor in Communications and Sociology.
Ross’s broadcast career started in 2005 at WLFI in West Lafayette, Indiana as the weekend Meteorologist. Two years later he accepted a Morning Meteorologist position in southern West Virginia. After 3 months on the job, he was promoted to the station's Chief Meteorologist.
The next chapter of Ross's career took him right into tornado alley working for KHBS/KHOG in Arkansas. "Northwest Arkansas is much more wild and extreme then most people realize", Ellet said. Just two months after Ross arrived, a catastrophic ice storm coated the Ozark Mountains in 1-3" of ice. Power was out for 3 weeks in a few spots. The spring season often brought flooding and violent tornadoes. While there, he won awards for his severe weather coverage and a special report on Arkansas black bears where he got to hold a wild baby bear. Ross also spent some time working for the Ohio News Network and WBNS in Columbus, Ohio.
During the hot summer of 2012, Ross joined the 13abc weather team as a weekend Meteorologist and weather reporter. His favorite story was reporting on the Coast Guard’s ice breaking mission during the near historic Great Lakes ice coverage in both 2014 and 2015. Ross and photojournalist Todd Gaertner were awarded an Emmy award for the story. Now you can catch Ross’s forecasts each weekday on Action News This Morning.
Besides the weather, Ross loves to spend time outdoors with his wife, Sara, and their twin boys, Bryce and Simon. He is a big Indiana Pacer and Colts fan, loves traveling, camping, hiking, astronomy, and photography. Ross is also a runner and likes the trails and local races the area has to offer. He has finished a handful of half marathons and 1 full marathon.