Meet a Met: Maggie Riley

Maggie Riley

St. Cloud State University – Meteorology

Lead Senior Meteorologist

Has been with DTN 21 years

What is your favorite part about being in MetOps?

Every day is different!

What is the most challenging part of being in MetOps?

Knowing how much our clients depend on us and making sure we are providing the best information.

What is the craziest weather event you’ve experienced personally?

The Halloween Blizzard of 1991.

What is the craziest weather event you’ve helped a client with?

Hurricane Sandy or Katrina.

What has been your most exciting day on the job?

The day I answered around 99 customer blogs.

What is one weather myth you always correct people on?

Lightning can strike the same location twice!

Any fun weather facts you’d like to share?

The largest hailstone in terms of diameter and weight ever recorded in the United States fell on July 23, 2010 in Vivian, South Dakota; it measured 8 inches in diameter and 18.62 inches in circumference, weighing in at 1.93 pounds.

Alright, now a fun fact about yourself!

My great-great-grandfather was the blacksmith at the Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul and kept a hand-written board with the date of the first snowfall for each year in his workshop.