Q and A with Texas Meteorologist Jacob Riley
1. What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather event was the Columbus Mississippi EF-3 tornado that occurred on February 23rd, 2019. This was my first time being in front of the camera during severe weather coverage. I was working at WCBI News at the time, which is located in Columbus. The tornado touched down just a few hundred feet south of our station. We actually saw the tornado touch down on our Tower Camera. quickly after that, we ran down to our basement. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget, especially since it was my first dealing with severe weather on air!
2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
My most favorite types of weather are severe weather and winter weather. Forecasting for both types of weather can be super challenging, so it encourages me to apply all of the knowledge that I have to make the most accurate forecast for my viewers. My least favorite type of weather would have to be dry and sunny weather. To a normal person, this sounds crazy! If you have a passion for weather, then I am sure you understand this.
3. If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
If I weren’t a meteorologist, I would be a landscape architect! In high school, I actually had a summer job where I built flower beds and mowed laws! It is a lot more physically demanding than being a meteorologist, but I thoroughly enjoy it!
4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I would LOVE to live in Missouri! Missouri see all modes of weather. From tornadoes to major snow events, you can pretty much experience all types of weather! I also really enjoy it here in west Texas! I have already gotten to experience so much during my short amount of time here!
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