My love for all things earth science related dates back as far as I can remember. As a child, I always had my eye on the sky and told everyone I would one day be either an astronaut or a meteorologist. My first formal pursuit of a career in atmospheric science began during high school when I completed The St. Petersburg College Executive Internship Program at WFTS ABC Action News in Tampa, FL. I also worked as a weekday evening weather producer at WFTS while earning the International Baccalaureate Diploma.
The next stop on my journey was The Florida State University, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with minors in Mathematics and Environmental Studies. During my time at FSU, I served as a Student Meteorologist and team leader for the 4FSU Weather Show, participated in several honor societies, worked as a Red Cross volunteer, and completed a second internship at WCTV Eyewitness News in Tallahassee, FL.
Upon graduation, I participated with the Center for Severe Weather Research in ROTATE 2012 (Radar Observations of Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Experiment) as a vehicle navigator and severe weather forecaster. ROTATE is a tornado research project which aims to collect low-level tornado wind data from Doppler on Wheels (DOW) vehicles, mobile mesonet vehicles, and deployable tornado pods. My work on this project provided a firsthand experience of the impacts severe weather can have on lives and property when I was thrust into the position of first responder. Our team assisted in a rescue following an EF-2 tornado in Russell, Kansas. Talk about getting up close and personal…that same tornado struck our vehicle! Thankfully, we were not hurt.
Apart from weather, I have a passion for dance. I was classically trained in ballet and have completed workshops with Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor Modern Dance Company. As I am fluent in Spanish, I was afforded a wonderful opportunity to travel not once, but twice during college to Guatemala as a translator for mission trips. When I'm not in the studio monitoring the weather, you can usually find me exploring the great outdoors by foot or bike.
I am thrilled to be a new resident of the Magic City. I have found everyone to be warm and welcoming; and this Florida girl is looking forward to her first North Dakota winter!