Q & A with StormHour’s Featured Meteorologist – Alex Wallace. On-Camera Meteorologist at The Weather Channel
Alex Wallace – Atlanta, GA.
Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
The Blizzard of ’93 aka The Storm of the Century. It was what cemented my love for all things weather. I was 12 years old at the time and was living in PG County, Maryland. This thing dumped a ton of snow – more than I had ever seen. It was up to my waist. From that day, I wanted to know the how and why behind our weather. Plus, we got off from school for an entire week. Can’t beat that.
Satellite image by NASA of the 1993 North American Storm Complex on March 13, 1993 at 10:01 UTC.
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
Two answers for this. My favorite type of weather to be in is Blue skies and temps in the 70s. Basically, a crisp fall day is my ideal weather.
My favorite weather to forecast is Wintry Weather. #NerdAlert but I enjoy looking at temperature profiles to decide whether snow, sleet, freezing rain or just plain rain will fall.
Least favorite weather to be in is a chilly rain. When the dreaded wedge takes over the Southeast, it’s awful. Socked in with the clouds, dreary, and cold. No fun!
Least favorite weather to forecast is quiet weather. I love being under blue skies but when the country gets quiet weather wise, it makes the day go by so much slower.
Question 3. If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
I’d be doing something in Sports, like working for ESPN. I’m a huuuuuuuge sports fan so that would have been my second choice. In fact, my first day of class in my Senior year in college, my professor asked everyone what they wanted to do after graduation. My decision was between being a sports anchor or a Meteorologist. At that moment, I made the decision and stuck with it.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
Somewhere in the Midwest, like Kansas City or St. Louis. They see every type of weather you can imagine throughout the year. It would be a challenging place to forecast.
Question 5. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t be afraid to chat with me on Twitter or Facebook. I always enjoy talking with folks during the show.
Alex Wallace has been an on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel since May 2006.
A member of the National Weather Association, Alex handles hosting and forecasting duties on the network.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news along with a certificate in new media studies. He also earned a master’s degree in geosciences with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. In Mississippi, Alex forecasted for the local Starkville area and earned a “Top 5 Percent Forecaster Award” in the National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Contest.
While in graduate school, he had the wonderful opportunity to intern at The Weather Channel. During his internship, he learned from some of the best meteorologists in the country and eventually landed his first career job at The Weather Channel. Alex has been fascinated with weather since he was young. He says, “What other career would allow me to talk about and forecast the weather? A real dream come true.”
In May of 2012, Alex was honored with the John E. Drewry Award for Young Alumni Achievement by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. An avid sports fan, particularly Georgia Football; he roots for his Bulldogs every Saturday in the Fall. He also loves music and has a passion for film.
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