Q and A with Featured Meteorologist – Jessica Lebel
Jessica Lebel. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Jessica Lebel joined the KKTV weather team in Colorado Springs, Colorado in December 2015.
Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather event was the March 17-20, 2003 blizzard in Denver, Colorado. At the time, I was a kid growing up in a suburb of Denver and this storm cancelled school for a week after bringing around 2 and a half feet of snow. It was storms like this one that sparked my interest in studying weather.
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
My favorite types of weather are sunshine and snow. You really can’t beat a nice sunny day to spend time outside. And there’s just something about snowy days…whether I stay inside and admire its beauty or hit the ski slopes, I am always excited when it is snowing. Snow is also my favorite type of weather to forecast because it is very challenging with the different elevations of terrain along the Front Range and mountains of Colorado. My least favorite type of weather is rain.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
If I wasn’t a meteorologist I would want to be an architect or interior designer. My favorite subjects in school were always science and art so when it came down to deciding on a college major it was between architecture and atmospheric science. I chose atmospheric science and have never looked back.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
The Front Range of Colorado where I already live. Colorado gets such a wide variety of weather. We see blizzards, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms, flash flooding, and wild fires along the Front Range. It definitely keeps me on my toes to forecast for Southern Colorado and I love the challenges that I’m faced with every day.
Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I love my job. There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to help people stay safe and informed about the weather. Meteorologists attempt to predict the future and while we can’t always be right, we do our best to keep up with the ever-changing atmosphere. Every day brings something different and presents new challenges and that is the best part about it.
More about Jessica:
Jessica grew up in Littleton, Colorado where she experienced a wide variety of weather that sparked her interest in becoming a meteorologist. Growing up on the Front Range, she learned to love the outdoors and appreciate everything that Colorado has to offer.Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Jessica worked as a meteorologist and multimedia journalist in Grand Junction, Colorado at KKCO and KJCT. Jessica attended the University of Kansas and received a B.S. in Atmospheric Science with an emphasis in News Media Forecasting. While in school, she was the weekend meteorologist at the local TV station, WOW6 News, in Lawrence, Kansas. During her time in Tornado Alley, Jessica fell in love with forecasting severe weather and chased her first tornado on April 8, 2015 in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.On her days off you can catch Jessica hiking, skiing, playing soccer, and cheering on the KU Jayhawks basketball team (Rockchalk!).
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