Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather moment was when my chief meteorologist, Chris Yates, and I took a chance on a marginal severe weather Risk day, and chased severe storms in northwest Indiana. The severe weather set up for that Saturday afternoon was not the most ideal; but supercells formed along a warm front. One of those supercells produced the very first tornado of that day in the U.S., and I saw it! I've been storm chasing before and have witnessed every single component of a severe thunderstorm; but that was my first tornado!
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
My favorite type of weather is hot, sunny weather. I get cold very easily, so I love warmth. As you might guess, my least favorite weather is frigid, blustery weather.
Often times winters in Central Illinois can be harsh (although I was spared this year).
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
Literally two weeks before I got my current job, as morning meteorologist at WMBD/WYZZ TV, I was enrolled at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for the graduate program in college student affairs. I (obviously) chose the morning meteorologist position over graduate school at SIUE. If I was not a meteorologist, I would like to work as a counselor in a university, helping students figure out what they want to do in life.
Question 4. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I have a 140 pound Saint Bernard named "Elsa." She is my big baby. I adopted her from the Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue in January of 2014. That girl brings so much joy and laughter to my life. I have a couple pictures of her attached to this email.
Lauren's Full Bio
I started my television career at Eastern Illinois University, where I studied Broadcast Meteorology as an undergrad. While attending EIU full time, I worked at WEIU TV/FM PBS. At the PBS station, I did a little bit of everything from television production to reporting and anchoring the news and weather.
After graduating in May of 2013, I worked at the local NBC affiliate as the fill- in meteorologist and reporter. A little more than one year later, I came across a far better opportunity as the morning/noon meteorologist at WMBD CBS/WYZZ FOX in Peoria/Bloomington, Illinois.
During my first two years at WMBD/WYZZ TV, I completed my Master of Science degree online through Mississippi State University. July, 2017 will be my third year as the morning/noon meteorologist at WMBD/WYZZ TV, and I'm loving it!
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