Q and A with Featured Meteorologist Dr. Jim Siebert from Hoston, Texas
Dr. Jim Siebert is the Chief Meteorologist for FOX 26 News in Houston, Texas. He has been broadcasting for more than 25 years in Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.
What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable event has to be Hurricane Harvey. We were on the air for almost a whole week covering the devastating storm. It’s the first time in my career where I didn’t know what day it was because everything seemed to run together. I had to keep myself focused on delivering the best information I could while not thinking about what was really going on all around us. Otherwise, I would just break-down on the air. On the other hand, as a meteorologist I was fascinated by the forces of nature that could cause this type of storm and I was in awe of the immense power. I am a different person because of this storm.
What is your favorite and least favorite type of weather?
My favorite weather is a good thunderstorm. I do want it to be severe, but I love watching a storm roll in with lightning and thunder. My least favorite weather condition is humidity. It sucks the life out of me and there’s plenty of it here in Houston.
If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
I would be a pilot, which means I would still be heavily interested in the weather. I would also love being a professional fisherman, but it might be best to keep that in the hobby category.
From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I would love to live in Denver, Colorado where you can experience all four seasons. I would live closer to the mountains, which would put me closer to the ski resorts!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
As a child my greatest fear was lightning. My parents provided me opportunities to learn about it, which helped to calm my fears. It is one of the reasons I became a meteorologist and my studies of lightning have continued to this day. In fact, now I have two U.S. Patents dealing with lightning and natural resource exploration. I guess I’ve come full circle.
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