Meet a Met: Allan Persons
May 15, 2018
St. Cloud State University – Meteorology
DTN Senior Energy Meteorologist
Been with DTN for 10 years
How did you end up working at DTN?
After college, some of my former classmates had gotten hired at DTN, while I was pursuing other avenues. One of my former classmates suggested I would be a perfect fit at DTN, so I applied and the rest is history.
What is your favorite part about being in MetOps?
Being around other highly intelligent, like-minded Meteorologists who share a similar passion for weather.
What is the most challenging part of being in MetOps?
Predicting the future. There’s always some level of uncertainty in a forecast and portraying confidence amidst this uncertainty can be very challenging.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve experienced personally?
Encountered +70 mph winds at about 13,500ft when climbing Columbia Peak in Colorado. We were unable to finish the climb due to the powerful winds.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve helped a client with?
Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in the Northeast 2012. This storm was a very rare combination of a strong mid-latitude cyclone tracking from the Great Lakes into the Northeast, phasing with Hurricane Sandy which was making landfall in New Jersey. These systems combined to have devastating impacts for our clients and the public as a whole, ranking as the third costliest hurricane in US history.
What has been your most exciting day on the job?
Any day a storm system misses the Northeast. It’s good for the client and us.
What is one weather myth you always correct people on?
“We never get storms here because of [insert reason here]”. Working as an on-site meteorologist for 4 years, I traveled all across the country and some international sites. This was the most consistent statement I heard from site to site. In almost every case the perception of being missed by storms is just that, a matter of perspective.
Any fun weather facts you’d like to share?
There is no such thing as ‘Heat Lightning’. What you are seeing is lightning from several miles away and sometimes a couple hundred miles away. Also, thunder does not occur void of lightning. The rapid expansion of heated air due to a lightning strike is what causes thunder.
Alright, now a fun fact about yourself!
I’ve climbed 26/58 mountains over 14,000ft in Colorado. I’ve also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341ft – Tanzania), Mauna Kia (13,803ft – Hawaii), and Mt. Saint Helen’s (8,366ft – Washington).