Florida International University in Miami, FL – B.S. in Geoscience with a concentration in Atmospheric Science
DTN Energy Meteorologist
Has been with DTN for 2 years
How did you end up working at DTN?
I would email the DTN Meteorology Director occasionally asking about new job postings, and I also met with some of our On-Site Meteorologists down in Florida to ask about their jobs.
What is your favorite part about being in MetOps?
Combining sports and operational forecasting to help athletic directors, coaches, rules officials, etc. make game-time decisions based on our forecasts.
What is the most challenging part of being in MetOps?
The weekly rotating 3-shift schedule.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve experienced personally?
The 2004-2005 Hurricane Season in south Florida. I was directly impacted by 3 of the strongest hurricanes in Palm Beach County’s history including 2 category 3 hurricanes (Jeanne and Wilma) and a category 2 hurricane (Frances).
What is the craziest weather event you’ve helped a client with?
Hurricane Matthew (2016) and Hurricane Irma (2017), both for a Florida-based power utility company who serves roughly 4.8 million accounts and 10 million people in Florida.
What has been your most exciting day on the job?
Probably forecasting for Hurricane Matthew and Irma for the utility company mentioned before. I take a certain amount of pride forecasting for my home state, and it’s a very busy shift when you have to type out a forecast and answer phone calls from multiple people asking about what conditions to expect for their specific area.
What is one weather myth you always correct people on?
Even on the hottest, most humid days, a golf ball or baseball actually travels further than on a dry and cooler day. Some people think that the humid air slows down a golf ball or baseball.
Any fun weather tidbits you’d like to share?
One of my professors was part of a group of the first pilots to fly hurricane reconnaissance.
Alright, now a fun fact about yourself!
I’m still adjusting to living in Minnesota after growing up in Florida – winters are a tad bit different!