Career Profiles

Alec Kownacki, Meteorologist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Alec Kownacki, Meteorologist, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Forecasting can be challenging in itself, but it is also very fun. I forecast Ozone and PM-2.5 concentrations throughout the state of Michigan, so each morning and throughout the day I am checking the forecast and current concentrations via numerous monitors we have across the state. I love to forecast Ozone and PM-2.5 because, yes, the weather influences the concentrations, but they also can interact with each other and makes forecasting a fun challenge.

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Laura Sime, Head of Catastrophe Modeling Support, AXIS Re
Laura Sime, Head of Catastrophe Modeling Support, AXIS Re

It's okay not to have a job lined up right after graduation. Your degree also does not entitle you to a job. I really want to highlight how important these two things are when you're searching for your first role. I spent six months looking for my first job after I graduated. I applied to anything and everything under the sun, including positions where meteorology was a footnote or not even listed in the job posting.

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Vijay Jain, Junior Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore
Vijay Jain, Junior Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

While exploring different concepts of boundary layer changes in mountainous regions of India, the most challenging part for me is traveling these mountainous regions and roads but it still gives me a smile.

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Ronelle Williams, Weekday Morning Meteorologist, KSN News
Ronelle Williams, Weekday Morning Meteorologist, KSN News

The opportunity to practice in front of a green wall was essential in securing my first job. I also did some forecasting for an organization called Foot's Forecast. There was no pay involved but it helped me get some experience on my resume.

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Dennis Baldocchi, Professor of Biometeorology, University of California, Berkeley
Dennis Baldocchi, Professor of Biometeorology, University of California, Berkeley

It is my experience that many people who tend to work over 50 hours tend not to spend their time as efficiently as possible. So it is important to value your time and have a balance.

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Michael Heacock, Meteorologist, United States Marine Corps (ret.)
Michael Heacock, Meteorologist, United States Marine Corps (ret.)

Being a weather analyst, regardless if using numerical weather prediction or charts, forces a person to think outside the box. This is both what I liked most and provided a challenge for me.

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Chana Keating, Senior Modeler, Risk Management Solutions/Catastrophe Modeling
Chana Keating, Senior Modeler, Risk Management Solutions/Catastrophe Modeling

During an active hurricane event, our whole team becomes hyper-focused on that specific event and it's unique features and impacts. I enjoy that we get to translate the scientific aspects of a hurricane to its societal impacts.

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Tanya Brown-Giammanco, Managing Director of Research, IBHS
Tanya Brown-Giammanco, Managing Director of Research, IBHS

I like to do things that have never been done before, and my job has had many of those. We were the first to measure and quantify the strength or hardness of hailstones, the first to 3D scan and print hailstones and have now done this for two state record stones, the first to test and destroy a full-scale two story home with hurricane-force winds, the first to conduct a full-scale fire ember storm, and most recently, we developed a brand new test method to rate the hail performance of roof shingles.

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Alex Calamia, Weekday Morning Meteorologist, WLTX
Alex Calamia, Weekday Morning Meteorologist, WLTX

When bad weather threatens, it's important to break down the reasoning behind your forecast and give viewers the confidence they need to prepare. Viewers recognize a strong meteorology background when we're on TV analyzing the dangers behind the storms in real-time.

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Ron Holle, Meteorologist, Holle Meteorology & Photography
Ron Holle, Meteorologist, Holle Meteorology & Photography

When I left graduate school, I went to work for Dr. Joanne Simpson and Dr. Robert Simpson. The lessons learned at the highest possible level of meteorology were dramatic. One of the outcomes of their influence was to always work with students in any way that was possible because that's just how things are always done.

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Karen Eagle, Senior Meteorologist, National Weather Service
Karen Eagle, Senior Meteorologist, National Weather Service

I started networking early in my education by attending a local chapter of the American Meteorological Society. It was essential in putting me in touch with the right people at the National Weather Service so I could start working for them when I got up into my Junior and Senior year.

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Purnima Mehta, Ph.D. at Punjab Agricultural University
Purnima Mehta, Ph.D. at Punjab Agricultural University

My main emphasis is on providing weather-based advisories to farmers for increase in crop productivity due to change in climatic conditions. I worked on smart agriculture facilities for farmers to minimize the communication barriers between farmers and scientists.

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Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, CEO, Ocean STL Consulting LLC
Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, CEO, Ocean STL Consulting LLC

Over 32 years, I served on ships and submarines operating all over the world where I provided critical weather and ocean information to keep Navy operations safe and effective. I retired as the Oceanographer of the Navy, and then served as the Acting and Deputy Administrator of NOAA.

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Jordan Gerth, Physical Scientist, Leveraged Observations Lead, NOAA National Weather Service, Office of Observations
Jordan Gerth, Physical Scientist, Leveraged Observations Lead, NOAA National Weather Service, Office of Observations

In my eyes, an ideal job is one that is interesting and rewarding, and there are good people that share my professional values.

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Kerrin Jeromin, Science Communications Strategist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Kerrin Jeromin, Science Communications Strategist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

I have learned that no matter how deep your knowledge of science—in my case, atmospheric science—your knowledge can only go so far if you cannot properly communicate it. Having taken many theatre and improvisational classes, I learned the invaluable skill of listening and reacting, as well as clearly communicating to connect with my audience.

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Ian Palao, Vice President, Strategic Energy Services
Ian Palao, Vice President, Strategic Energy Services

What do I like most? Guiding my clients through rough waters and ensuring that they have a profitable business. As a consultant, we are heavily relied upon for our expertise and opinion. The most challenging??? Predicting the future. Clients rely on me to predict what the near-future will look like. As you can see, what I like most and what is the most challenging are basically one and the same!

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Josh Darr, Head of North America Peril Advisory, Guy Carpenter
Josh Darr, Head of North America Peril Advisory, Guy Carpenter

If you were not able to be a meteorologist, what would you be? What other passion do you have? Seek out opportunities to grow that alternative passion through course work, club activities, and student memberships in professional societies. Learn as much as you can about that passion. Increasingly, being a meteorologist will need to be accompanied by specialization in another area, and bringing those two passions together for applications to real-world problems.

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Rob Cifelli, Research Meteorologist, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory
Rob Cifelli, Research Meteorologist, NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory

One of the most exciting things that has happened to me was coming to NOAA to work on applied science to advance our forecasts of too much and too little water. Working as a public servant is a big responsibility but is extremely gratifying and, let's face it, NOAA's mission of science, service, and stewardship is pretty cool.

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Scott Jacobs, AWIPS System Architect, National Weather Service / Office of Central Processing
Scott Jacobs, AWIPS System Architect, National Weather Service / Office of Central Processing

New problems present an opportunity to apply my knowledge and experience to form a new solution. I like to look at problems in different ways to find the best approach to fix an issue or extend the system to meet a new requirement. Working with a great team toward a solution that will benefit the NWS forecasters and allow them to do their jobs properly and efficiently is very satisfying. 

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John Nicola, Energy Analyst, SESCO Enterprises / Energy
John Nicola, Energy Analyst, SESCO Enterprises / Energy

I love that weather is such a huge player in the energy markets. To be able to do something as fun and challenging as predicting prices across an entire energy grid, while still being able to involve my first passion—weather—on a daily basis is a dream come true.

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