Meet a Met: Justin Meier
June 12, 2018
Western Illinois University – Meteorology Major, GIS Minor
Has been with DTN for 1.5 years
What is your favorite part about being in MetOps?
The many MetOps personalities and the wide variety of clientele we deal with on a daily basis.
What is the most challenging part of being in MetOps?
Responding to forecast requests regarding pavement icing and accumulations, freezing rain amounts, and winter weather forecasting in general.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve experienced personally?
When my friend and I were driving through southern Georgia en route to Miami and I suddenly got an alert on my phone saying that a Tornado Warning has been issued right on top of our location. That same trip, on the way back, we encountered an odd snowstorm with strong winds while backed up in Chicago traffic that fell as thick, fabric-y type puffs that made visibility difficult. It was an overall odd vacation, to say the least.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve helped a client with?
I answered a blog from a client in coastal California who asked if they would receive any flooding from an incoming tsunami wave after an earthquake off the coast of Japan. (Spoiler: the tsunami was headed the opposite direction, towards Japan)
What has been your most exciting day on the job?
Any day in which I provide blog requests for forecasts from professional sports teams on game-time weather conditions. The feeling of knowing you’re providing weather support for professional athletes at the highest level is exhilarating.
What is one weather myth you always correct people on?
When people tell me in the middle of winter that since there are clear skies and sunny conditions, it’ll be warm. In the winter, particularly in the northern half of the country, if it’s cloudy, it’ll be warmer. If there are clear skies, expect bitterly cold temperatures.
Any fun weather facts you’d like to share?
Winds across the planet Neptune travel at up to 1,300 mph, which is comparable to the speed at which a modern-day U.S. fighter jet travels.
Alright, now a fun fact about yourself!
All of my cousins are adopted, and my entire extended family lives in Texas.