Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
This is a really tough question because I have lived and worked through many big events. I would say one of the days that really impacted me was May 10, 2010 when I was working in Oklahoma City. That day we had 36 tornadoes touch down (the 2nd largest in history) and we were on the air from noon through the late-night broadcast. After for several hours, I went out to one of the hardest hit areas and was at a loss for words. The damage was awful but the people were so grateful just to be alive. It was a day I realized just how important a meteorologist’s job can be. It can be a matter of life or death.
On a lighter note, another major event I worked through is the winter of 2014-2015 in Boston. We saw a record 110.6” of snow all of that snow came after January 26th. It was a busy February to say the least for our weather team. As far as my time in Nashville, we’ve had a very active severe weather season this year! We’ve already seen 12 tornadoes (the average is 8) and we just started our peak month! I feel like everywhere I go crazy weather follows me!
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I have always been intrigued by severe weather, so I would say that is my favorite. I grew up outside Philadelphia and was born in Erie PA. On May 31, 1985, we had a huge tornado outbreak. Over 40 tornadoes touched down that day and over 80 people lost their lives. My parents still talk about that day and the magnitude of its severity. After working in Oklahoma City, Dallas, and now Nashville, I can see firsthand how important our job is. Keeping people safe is our number one priority and we take pride in that. My promise is to be the first one to inform you when bad weather strikes, on air, online, & on our app. We’ll be with you each step of the way until the threat is over.My least favorite would be river flooding or coastal flooding. There is tremendous amount of information that needs to be relayed which can be a challenge on TV during a weathercast.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
II think I would either be a teacher or a lacrosse coach. I absolutely love working with kids. I have coached youth girls lacrosse in Boston, Dallas, and Oklahoma City and I really enjoy it. I also enjoy giving weather talks to kids in school so hey, maybe I’d be a great teacher! One of the several reasons I’m so enthusiastic about visiting schools is because I was lucky enough to get a visit when I was in school by meteorologist, Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. He came to my school for Career Day in 8th grade and I was instantly hooked! I hope I can get one or two kids to love weather or maybe even just fall in love with the math and science fields.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I’m lucky enough to be living in my dream location right now! After the winter of 2014-2015 in Boston, I was a tad burned out from snow coverage so Nashville was perfect. We still get four seasons and I get a pretty active severe weather season. Not to mention, I love country music and music in general. I mean my husband is a Radio DJ & Program Director so we moved to a pretty good spot for both of our careers! They do call Nashville Music City for a reason!
Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
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