I am a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in State College, PA. In addition to creating our routine forecasts and monitoring critical weather, I also help maintain our office Cooperative Observer Program and handle weather inquiries from the media, general public, and emergency managers.
I have had a fascination with weather my entire life--in fact, one of my earliest memories is watching thunderstorms with my grandparents. As I grew older, I began to realize that while enthralling, weather could also be destructive. In 2004, the remnants of Hurricane Ivan swept through western Pennsylvania, causing widespread flooding. At that moment, I knew that I wanted to study weather and help people become more prepared for future events.
I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without my Penn State education. In addition to providing me with a solid scientific and mathematical background, the specialized classes I completed as part of the Weather Forecasting and Communications option have proved indispensable in my career. The forecasting experience I gained from these electives allowed me to be one step ahead of other entry-level meteorologists and helped me to secure internships with the National Weather Service for two summers prior to graduation.
I am one of the lucky few who are able to stay in the State College area after graduation, and in my free time I love exploring the region and cheering on the Penn State hockey and football teams.