Watching meteorologists forecast the storm’s track, having to evacuate, and then coping with the aftermath quickly drew me to the meteorological field.
I grew up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast spending everyday possible outside, whether it was playing at the beach, sailing, swimming, or just running around in my backyard. I’ve always been interested in the outdoors, which turned into an interest in weather. I would cloud-gaze for hours, wondering which cloud was what.
When I was twelve, Hurricane Katrina tracked towards my hometown of Long Beach and made a lasting impact on me shortly thereafter. Watching meteorologists forecast the storm’s track, having to evacuate, and then coping with the aftermath quickly drew me to the meteorological field. I wanted to not only know the science behind weather, but I wanted to help others prepare for it as well. Once I graduated from high school, I ventured off to Mississippi State University and enrolled in their geosciences department.
During my time at State, I was a DJ at a local radio station – I love listening to music! I also studied abroad in Spain for a summer where I discovered the wonderful world of tapas and ran with the bulls. Weather-wise, I competed in a national forecasting competition, chased an EF-3 tornado in the Great Plains, and was a member in the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the National Weather Association/American Meteorological Society. Now that I’ve graduated with a degree in Professional-Broadcast Meteorology, I am eager to tackle the challenges of forecasting mountain weather!
During my free time, I can be found playing tennis, painting, hiking, working out, or relaxing at home. Though I grew up a beach girl, I am excited to trade my beach scene for the mountains. I can’t wait to explore the ins and outs of Eastern Kentucky!