Being that The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore is from White River Junction, Vermont, he’s seen some gnarly winters. But Cantore, whose spent more than 20 winters at The Weather Channel, thinks 2010-2011 will take the cake. Cantore, with his passionate outbursts at the site of the rare phenomenon of thunder snow, has been with the Channel since graduating from Lyndon State in 1986.

Based in Atlanta, Cantore hasn’t spent a week at home in three months. The payoff: The Weather Channel is hitting new ratings highs. The network had its best day ever Tuesday in households (705,000) and it was the No. 1 cable news network for the day in A25-54 viewers topping FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC. We talked with Cantore yesterday as he was en route from Chicago where he covered the blizzard.

TVNewser: How does winter 2010-11 compare to others you’ve covered?

Jim Cantore: It’s been a wild ride. You know what? I think that this is a winter that George Washington would be proud of. I want to be honest with you. It’s just one of those that just never ends. Even this morning, we had freezing rain in Mobile, Alabama and South Texas — where a lot of people go to escape the cold. So it’s — as they say — it’s a good one. And it’s not over yet. I don’t care what the groundhog says.

TVNewser: Would you rather be reporting from hurricane force winds or two feet of blinding snow?

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