AMS on the Air, a podcast of the American Meteorological Society, is brought to you by meteorologists Irene Sans and Dakota Smith along with Jeff Rosenfeld, BAMS editor-in-chief. We'll be bringing you cool stories, news, and research in the weather, water, and climate community, focusing on conversations with the people who make it all happen.
Episode 21, 11 May 2021
How do you balance a successful career in meteorology with the many demands of parenthood? In honor of Mother's Day, Irene leads a conversation with three "mommy mets" who are attempting to navigate just that: Barb Mayes Boustead, Ph.D. (Instructor, National Weather Service’s Warning Decision Training Division), Karen Hatfield (Forecaster, National Weather Service, Tulsa, OK), and Elise Schultz (Senior Research Scientist, CFD Research, Huntsville, AL).
Jeff Rosenfeld is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Before joining the AMS staff, he was a freelance science writer and the managing editor of Weatherwise. He barely remembers the "Jumbo" Outbreak of 1974, but will never forget attending an AMS meeting presentation by Ted Fujita.
Irene Sans is a bilingual AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. She has worked in different sectors in the field, such as in emergency management, private consulting companies, and for broadcast television and radio stations across the United States and Latin America. She’s a freelance consulting meteorologist for ClimaData and a full time digital meteorologist at WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando, Florida.
Dakota Smith is a full-time meteorologist and producer at WeatherNation. He's also a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research studying the intersection of social science and weather. Dakota has his Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State and his Bachelor's in Meteorology from Penn State.