Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
I recently had to forecast a tornado warning in Lompoc, California earlier this year. In Southern California we don't typically get tornadoes. This warning caught us all off guard because it started out as a waterspout that was beginning to make its way on land. I covered it for the KCOY morning show from 5-7 am. Luckily the tornado did not do a lot of damage and no one was seriously hurt. It brought the area gusty winds and hail. Viewers were very appreciative I kept them informed throughout the whole warning which lasted a little less than one hour.
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I personally like all types of weather. I hope to one day be able to check out the Northern Lights in my lifetime. I was really lucky to forecast the record-breaking rain Southern California has gotten this wet season. Viewers love anytime I mention rain because it is slowly, but surely, getting us out of the five-year drought in Southern California.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
If I wasn't a Meteorologist I would be some sort of writer. I started out my career as a News Producer in TV. I won an Emmy for the Refugio State Beach Oil Spill from 2015. I was a Producer before becoming a full time on air Meteorologist. I also love writing movies in my spare time. I would probably try to break into Hollywood as a TV/Film screenwriter. I am an award-wining screenwriter for a full length film I wrote back in college at U.C. Santa Barbara as part of an Arts Requirement. It was a comedy about frivolous lawsuits. My friends, family and peers enjoyed reading the script.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I would like to live anywhere that has four season. Chicago and New York are two places that would definitely be at the top of my list. I'm a SoCal girl at heart, I'm sure I would miss the beautiful California weather very quickly if I ever moved out of the Golden State.
Bio: Mabrisa Rodriguez is a Producer, Journalist and Meteorologist for KCOY 12. She recently earned her certificate in Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
She started as a news producer with KEYT NewsChannel 3. You can now see her every morning on KCOY 12.
Mabrisa is the recipient of an Emmy Award for KEYT NewsChannel 3's team coverage of the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill.
Mabrisa is currently matriculating at the University of Southern California where she is obtaining a Master's Degree in Communication Management. She is thrilled to be home with her family and enjoys helping out her community.
Mabrisa loves to write and watch movies in her spare time, believe it or not, she is an award-winning Screenwriter.
Mabrisa is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
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