Laura is CBM Meteorologist and multi-skilled journalist at WZZM 13 News, Grand Rapids, MI.
What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather event was August 20, 2016. It was a Saturday afternoon and the atmosphere did not look promising for severe thunderstorms, but shortly after 1pm, a thunderstorm in southwest Michigan developed rotation. A tornado warning was issued, I cut into local programming, and stayed on-air for over three hours as the tornadic cell traversed West Michigan. Six tornadoes touched down that afternoon.
What is your favorite and least favorite type of weather?
I love sunshine and 70s! My least favorite weather is high wind events. They are often underestimated!
If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
My dream job would be the host of a cooking show. I love cooking and baking in the kitchen, and I grow vegetables and herbs in the summer. I’d also enjoy teaching science and math in high school.
From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I love living in Michigan! I grew up in Michigan and enjoy all four seasons (despite winter being a little too long some years). The summers are perfection in Michigan and the fall can be stunning too. The ONLY thing I don’t love about Michigan is how cloudy it can be in the winter months.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have loved working in this industry. From tornadoes to floods, blizzards and earthquakes, I’ve gotten to experience so much in this exciting career – it’s truly an honor to be the person delivering necessary and sometimes life-saving information to those seeking it.