For many people who decide to become meteorologists, their fascination with the weather begins at a young age – and they know that’s what they want to do in life. I’ve always liked science, and knew I wanted to do something in a science field but I didn’t know what. Initially, I wanted to be a high school chemistry teacher, however, in my 9th grade Earth and Space Science class I realized weather is something I’m truly interested in and began teaching myself meteorology concepts and how to forecast. And in the age of the internet, I would definitely encourage anyone to take an initiative to learn as much as they can about what they’re interested in – whether career related or otherwise – it never hurts to learn new information.
I started a Facebook page in February of 2014, called Weather Maryland where I forecast the weather for Maryland. While my focus area is southern through central Maryland, I do include the Delmarva Peninsula portion often, as well as on occasion the western Counties in the mountains. My favorite weather is thunderstorms and severe weather. If there's a tornado outbreak somewhere in the country, I'm most likely tracking it. In terms of forecasting, I love to forecast big storms. Especially in our area, the challenges our region presents gives it a little extra fun. I do not like cold, and really don't care for snow, but forecasting snow storms is probably my favorite.
I earned a BS in Geography-Atmospheric Science from Salisbury University. I also interned at WBOC TV in my final semester at SU. For me, it was a fantastic experience and I gained more forecasting experience, as well as, exposure to the operations and routines that occur within broadcast media / weather.
I have an interest in graphic design and computer programming, and all the graphics I use on my Facebook page were created by me. In addition, this website, was designed from the ground up by me - the challenge there is ensuring the site function regardless of screen size / device used!
I will be attending grad school to get a masters in Meteorology, with a career goal of becoming a broadcast meteorologist. What excites me most about being on TV is the chance, not only to do what I love in forecasting, but to also be the scientist that interacts with the public each day. Most TV weather men/women are really the only true scientist people see everyday. So, the job isn’t just looking pretty and pointing at images – there is a whole field of science behind the forecast. And while meteorology is a very complicated subject, and couldn’t even begin to be explained in a three minute weather forecast, there is a little bit a weatherperson can teach as to why the forecast is as it is.
If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll notice that any I try to include the explanation behind the forecast (though, for daily forecasts, this is usually not included). For example, during winter storms, I’ll often break down what the models are saying, what are the scenarios, what could go wrong, etc. Most people only care about the actual forecast, but I really like to include the explanation to show how I came to the conclusion I did. Then, if I happen to be wrong, you’ll know why. It’s not a means of trying to cover up a mistake, it’s highlighting I looked at all the scenarios, and not just the one I favored. In addition, I will usually review big forecasts as well to see how the forecast turned out. If it was a bust, I’ll admit it. Science isn’t about always getting it correct and being perfect, it’s about using reason and analysis to come up with the best solution to the problem. Simply covering up an error accomplishes nothing. At least that’s how I feel about the subject.