Kelly Reardon is the meteorologist for Cleveland.com, an entirely new position which allowed her pave her own way. She has a strong science background, with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Meteorology in the College of Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. Her education was heavily focused on physics and math, to give a deep understanding behind how the weather and climate works, not just simply forecasting for it. During her time at school, she was a student intern with the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida.
Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather event was when I was a student intern at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, and Hurricane Arthur pummelled up the east coast. As it was passing our location, it was merely a tropical storm, but being from New Hampshire originally, it was something I’ve never experienced. I was in constant awe from the heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms, and strong winds.
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I’m a skier, so I love a good nor’easter for fresh powder -- a nice break from the usual ice you typically experience when skiing in the northeast.
My least favorite would then be very hot, dry weather.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
I would probably be an engineer. I love physics, math, and science all around, and engineering has a great application for that. I actually almost changed my mind and went to school for engineering instead of meteorology, but I couldn’t get over the excitement of weather.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I love all four seasons, so I would have to pick somewhere in the northeast. Maybe Vermont. In the fall, it’s a sea of reds, oranges, and yellows. In the winter, it resembles a winter wonderland and a snow globe. Yet, in the summer and spring, temperatures get just warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, but not too hot where it’s uncomfortable.
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