Matt Wintz was the Chief Meteorologist for WYIN’s Lakeshore News Tonight in Merrillville, IN for nearly 6 years. When Lakeshore News Tonight aired its final broadcast, Matt realized the void that was left when local news in NW Indiana went away. Sure, Chicago news covered NW Indiana–but when it came to weather…it left a lot to be desired and still does to this day. It was in 2009 that Matt created Region Weather–at least the concept–through his Facebook page. He would provide daily updates on local weather conditions. The endeavor grew by 2012 when Matt created the actual “Region Weather” by creating a Facebook page dedicated only to NW Indiana weather. Over the years, the graphics and forecasts have grown into a full-blown weather operation as residents of “The Region” have grown to trust Matt and his NW Indiana forecasts. During the severe weather event in February 2017, over 80,000 people in NW Indiana turned to Matt’s forecast during 4 hours of FB Live broadcasts–all aimed at keeping everyone safe during the severe weather. Matt has bigger plans for Region Weather, including the development of regionweather.com and a growing brand of NW Indiana weather. Stay tuned!
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