Weather World Alumni
We've had a lot of
friends since we've been on the air.
Here, you can take a look back into our past
with some familiar faces. Most
biographies of our weather world alumni have
not been updated since their days on the
show. Kudos to where they are now.
Lee joined Weather World in late 1984.
He is originally from Butler, PA and
received his bachelors degree from Penn
State University. Lee then went on to
get two masters degrees from Emory
College in Georgia and Montreal's McGill
University. An original member of The
Weather Communications Group, Lee is a
current forecaster for the New York
Lee has taught classes at
Penn State in meteorology and advanced math.
Lee has just co-authored with Jon Nese a
college level meteorology text book. Lee
coordinates the teaching assistants in the
Department of Meteorology. Among Lee's avid
interests are softball and animals.
Lee will retire from Penn State in August, 2012.
Elliot is originally from
Philadelphia and has been part of the
show since 1967. He graduated from Penn
State University with a masters degree
in meteorology. He is currently the
Senior Vice President of
AccuWeather Inc. and is considered
the most recognizable radio weather
personality in the country.
Elliot has received
numerous awards in the meteorological field
including the prestigious American
Meteorological Society's awards for
excellence in broadcasting and forecasting.
Elliot is also a local government
representative and in his spare time enjoys
playing golf. He has been elected an AMS
Fellow, and was asked to be a candidate for
AMS Council in this fall's AMS election. His
wife Bonnie is also a Penn State grad and
has been teaching second grade for more than
30 years. Their oldest son Mike was editor
of The Daily Collegian when he was at Penn
State and now works at The New York Times;
their youngest son Randy was business
manager of The Daily Collegian and is now a
vice-president at Credit Suisse.
Due in large
part to his enthusiastic love for snow,
Joe is known to many around Weather
He is a native of Atlantic City, NJ and
had been with Weather World from 1977
Joe has a bachelors degree from Penn State
University and is currently a senior
Joe has a highly respected expertise in
predicting tropical storms. He is a former
wrestler and current body builder. He has
become well-known for his often surprisingly
accurate long-range forecasts along with his
potential for over-hyping weather forecasts,
a tendency that goes back to his days as a
student meteorologist. While limited by the
imprecise science of forecasting in some
cases, Joe was able to predict snowfall
amounts accurately for several recent winter
storms well in advance of the event. While
Bastardi's videos were previously free to
the public, Accuweather recently secured his
forecasts behind its "professional site".
Still, he frequently appears on cable news
channels such as CNN and Fox News during
storms. Bastardi produces several weather
analysis videos most weekdays. His Big Dog
video features his thoughts on long-range
trends, while the Point-Counterpoint video
features an "argument" between himself and
another Accuweather meteorologist, such as
Ken Reeves. Bastardi rarely touches upon
short-range topics in these videos, even
ignoring an impending storm in favor of the
next one that may still be several days off.
In addition to his videos, Bastardi writes a
column that generally summarizes his views
in the videos.
Justin joined the
Weather World team in January of 2002.
Additionally, he worked with the Weather
Communications Group as a forecaster for The
New York Times and taught an introductory
meteorology course. Although he experienced
his share of exciting weather while growing
up in southern Louisiana (including canoeing
down his flooded street after Hurricane
Florence in 1988), Justin become most
interested in the atmosphere after moving to
Carlisle, Pennsylvania and experiencing the
Blizzards of '93 and '96. Watching Weather
World as a high school student led Justin to
pursue a meteorology degree at Penn State.
graduation in May of 2003, Justin accepted a
weekend meteorologist position at KDLT-TV in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was promoted
to morning meteorologist a few months later.
Justin moved to Nashville's WKRN in
September of 2004. He misses the snow and
cold of Pennsylvania and South Dakota, but
enjoys living in the South and predicting
thunderstorms much of the year.
fter a couple of years of production behind the scenes for
Weather World, Drew made his on-air debut on the most celebrated
weather day of the year—Groundhog Day 2010! Capturing the day’s
festivities and sprit, Drew delivered his first forecast from on-location
in Punxsutawney, PA, home of Punxsutawney Phil.
As a May 2010 graduate in meteorology, Drew is no stranger to the Weather World
personalities as he has worked with and learned from the entire Weather
Communications Group. At Penn State, Drew constantly keeps busy.
Every week, he rotates as host, reporter, or forecaster for Weather or Not,
an educational and entertaining weather show aired on Centre County’s
local-access channel, C-NET. Last fall, the nation caught him live on
ESPN’s College GameDay giving the forecast for the Penn State vs. Iowa game.
In the past, he worked
alongside of the Pennsylvania State
Climatologist, who’s a familiar face to
Weather World as the State Climatologist is
none other than Paul Knight. Drew
spent a summer as a correspondent for FOX
Weather, and spent another summer interning
for CBS3 in Philadelphia and WGAL NBC 8 in
Lancaster where he worked with some of the
Delaware Valley’s and Susquehanna Valley’s
To watch, listen, or read
some of the activities Drew mentioned, visit
Zack was a member of the
Weather World team from January 2006-May
2007. Originally from West Hartford, CT, he
has had a passion for the weather since he
was four years old. Growing up in New
England, Zack is most interested in Nor'
Easters, yet he finds hurricanes and severe
weather fascinating as well. His interest in
weather lead Zack to come to Penn State to
study meteorology, where he attained both a
B.S. and M.S. While at Penn State, Zack was
heavily involved in the Campus Weather
Service, the Penn State Branch of the
American Meteorological Society and Chi
Zack also taught several
introductory meteorology courses. Zack held
quite a few internships prior to joining
Weather World, including positions at the
Talcott Mountain Science Center in Avon, CT,
NBC 30 and the WTIC/New England Weather
Service in Hartford, CT, and the Storm
Prediction Center in Norman, OK. In his
spare time, Zack is an avid runner, enjoys
relaxing with friends, and is a huge
baseball fan. Zack is currently working as a
Meteorologist/Commodity Research Analyst in
northwest New Jersey.
Kristin graduated from Penn State in
meteorology in May, 2007 and is very
special in that both of her parents are
television meteorologists! By growing up
in Mountain Top, PA in a household where
the Weather Channel was constantly on
and dinner table conversations consisted
of fronts, troughs, and weather data, it
is no wonder that Kristin is choosing a
career in weather.
Kristin joined the
Weather World team in the fall of 2006. In
addition to her work with Weather World, she
produces 90-second weather features for the
Weather Channel’s Abrams and Bettes show.
She has been actively involved with the Penn
State Campus Weather Service television and
radio operations. Kristin spent a summer
interning in Minneapolis, MN at the CBS
Kristin has a passion
for mountain biking and as a member of the
Penn State Cycling Club she has competed in
intercollegiate mountain bike races. In
addition to biking, she enjoys many outdoor
activities including fishing and walking her
two Old English Sheepdogs. Kristin is
pursuing a career in broadcast meteorology.
Geoff was born into a
family of weather enthusiasts in the
Philadelphia suburb of Worcester,
Pennsylvania. As he grew through the
adolescent and teen years, severe weather,
heavy snow and record drought brought great
excitement, while the trepidation of being
overcome by the dreaded rain-snow line
grounded him. Geoff's passion for the
weather blossomed upon his arrival at Penn
State as a freshman in 2000. He graduated
with a bachelor's degree in meteorology in
2004, and his New York Times apprenticeship
with the Weather Communications Group
evolved into full-time employment as a
forecaster with the University.
While most of Geoff's
role with the Weather Communications Group
continues to be as a New York Times
forecaster, he was welcomed into the Weather
World family in December of 2004. When not
in the office or studio, Geoff spends a lot
of time at the firehouse. He's a volunteer
firefighter with the Alpha Fire Company in
State College. In June of 2006, he married
his fiancee, Angie. Geoff and Angie moved to
near Springfield, MO in August, 2006 where
he is now an on-camera meteorologists for
Adam Del Rosso was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has been intrigued by the weather
ever since he can remember. When people would run inside to avoid a storm, he would be the
one going outside. Adam is now a senior at Penn State studying meteorology with a focus in
forecasting and communications and a minor in geosciences. At Penn State, Adam is currently
one of two forecasters for PPG Industries as well as one of the talents on Weather or Not,
a student-run TV show focused on the weather. He has also interned at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA.
Adam started working behind the scenes of Weather World in 2009 doing anything from making graphics
to directing and now he joins us on-air. For fun, Adam enjoys relaxing with friends, listening to music,
watching TV, bowling, skiing and following the sports teams of Pittsburgh.
Jim joined Weather World
in the Fall of 2009. He hails from
Downingtown Pennsylvania, a town about an
hour west of Philadelphia. He is currently a
senior at Penn State and will receive a
degree in meteorology in May of 2010 in the
weather forecasting and communications
option. He can also be seen as an on air
personality for the show Weather or Not. Jim
has been interested in the weather from a
very young age, and becoming a meteorologist
at Penn State has been a dream come true. He
is most interested in winter weather, except
for sleet, which he feels is frankly a waste
of a good winter storm. Aside from the
weather, Jim is also very much engrained in
the theatre community at Penn State, having
performed with The Penn State Thespians and
No Refund Theatre. Also, despite only living
an hour away from Philadelphia, Jim hails
from a long line of die hard Pittsburgh
Steelers and Penguins fans, and he is no
different. Jim has taken a full-time position as a broadcast
meteorologists with Accu-Weather in August, 2010.
Scott was part of the Weather World team
from October 2006 until he graduated in
May, 2007. Like many meteorologists, he
developed an interest in the weather as
a young child. While staying focused on
academics in grade school, Scott
revisited his passion for meteorology on
April 9, 1999 after an F4 tornado
pummeled through his hometown of
Cincinnati, Ohio. Deciding to make
weather a part of his career, Scott came
to Penn State to pursue a B.S. in
meteorology and begin a career in
television. He plans to attend graduate
school in the future with hopes of
researching severe storms. At Penn
State, Scott had been an active member
of the Campus Weather Service, the Penn
State Branch of the American
Meteorological Society, and Penn State
Dance Marathon. He has also helped to
teach several introductory and mesoscale
meteorology courses. Throughout his
college career, Scott had interned at
the National Weather Service in
Wilmington, Ohio, as well as with
WCPO-TV and WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. In
his free time, Scott enjoys spending
time with friends and family, playing
volleyball, watching Penn State
football, and following college
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Joanne
is a magna cum laude graduate of the
University of Georgia with a Bachelor of
Science in Geography with a prominence
in Meteorology, Climatology and
Cartography. While at UGA she was named
Phi Beta Kappa while working in the
Climate Research Lab studying the
climatology of convective windstorms. In
addition, she worked behind the scenes
at the Weather Channel. In the summer of
1999 Joanne joined Weather World as one
of two graduate students selected until
leaving in January of 2000. During this
time, she was a graduate student in
Meteorology at Penn State and a teaching
assistant for an undergraduate course in
weather analysis and forecasting on a
scholarship from the American
Meteorological society. She focused on
studying severe storms and Doppler radar
interpretation. Once she passed the
tough graduate comprehensive exams, an
offer as a weekend meteorologist at KMPH
in Fresno, California. She stayed in
Fresno to work at KFSN where she earned
an Emmy nomination for her coverage of
winter storms. Joanne is now once again
in North Carolina where she forecasts as
the meteorologists for ABC 11 Eyewitness
news at the prime time news shift Monday
through Friday. She spends her free time
sharing her love for weather, practicing
her ice skating, taking ballet or going
for a run. Joanne and husband Chris are
the proud parents of nine-year-old son
Cameron and one-year-old daughter Carys
are happy to call Apex, North Carolina
Jeff earned a B.S. degree
in meteorology from Penn State in 2007. He
graduated with distinction and minored in
mathematics. During his undergraduate years,
Jeff was a member of the Campus Weather
Service, the Penn State Branch of the
American Meteorological Society, and a
calculus tutor. He interned in the weather
station at NBC 30 in Hartford, Connecticut
during the summer of 2005. Previously, he
served as an on-air meteorologist for The
Palestra.com and CNET. Jeff received his
M.S. in meteorology focusing on boundary
layer studies in May, 2009. He is currently
hiking the Appalachian Trail before
beginning his professional career.
Outside of academics,
Jeff keeps himself busy with a variety of
activities. A New England native from
Vernon, Connecticut, he is a huge Red Sox
fan and loves to attend ballgames. Jeff
enjoys going the gym along with playing
tennis and basketball. Since he is an Eagle
Scout, he spends time camping, hiking, and
biking. His rainy day hobbies include
playing the guitar or piano, playing cards,
and reading a good book.
Doug is a first year
graduate student at Penn State. He joined
the Weather World team in the Spring of
2001. He has interned at three news
stations, including WRC-TV in Washington,
D.C. and is currently working behind the
scenes creating graphics for the Weather
Doug became interested in the weather after
hearing fascinating stories about Hurricane
Hazel from his grandmother. After spending a
weekend on the beach during the passage of
Hurricane Bob, he knew he wanted to study
meteorology. Since then, he has endured
sleepless nights and countless hours of
driving to experience Hurricanes Bertha,
Bonnie, and Floyd in Wilmington, NC. Doug
also has an interest in snowstorms, and
attending undergraduate school in upstate NY
did not leave him disappointed. Doug Harlow
is joining a new station as its morning
weatherman. He will replace Brian Shields,
who departed in July, 2006 for a job at
Orlando, Fla., ABC affiliate, WFTV-TV.
Harlow comes to Charleston from WIVT-TV
NewsChannel 34, an ABC affiliate in
Binghamton, NY. He started on October 21,
2006. His outside interests include Italian
automobiles and basketball.
Hilliker was raised on a dairy farm in
Chemung, New York, a rural town near the
Pennsylvania border. He has had an affinity
for meteorology and, in particular, weather
forecasting since the second grade. It is no
doubt this interest was kindled when a
powerful tornado destroyed several homes in
his home town in 1983.
Joby became a member of the Weather
Communications Group during his second year
of graduate studies here at Penn State. He
has worked as an intern at Accu-Weather and
has volunteered his time helping his peers
in physics, mathematics, and meteorology
classes. His primary academic interests
include studying lake-effect snow events and
implementing statistics in meteorological
data. “Meteorology was an innate affinity
for me. While at Penn State, I observed this
characteristic was true for my peers. It was
also great to share this common bond, which
naturally extended beyond the classroom.”
Dr. Joby Hilliker got his start in
Meteorology from Penn State, and after
receiving his Doctorate in December 2002, he
moved to Cincinnati where he worked as a
forecast expert for Cynergy Corporation.
While at Penn State, Dr. Hilliker worked as
a weather forecaster for Accu-weather and a
writer for a page in the New York Times. He
also taught an introductory meteorology
course at his alma mater, all in addition to
appearing on Weather World and volunteering
his tutoring to fellow students. In 2000,
Dr. Hilliker won the ZedX Weather
Information Technology Award, which
recognized him as a Penn State student who
“contributed to the use of advanced
technology in improved utilization of
weather observations or numerical guidance
for specialized forecast applications.” Dr.
Hilliker also wrote several papers for the
American Meteorological Society from 1999 to
2004 which relate to statistical weather
forecasting. Currently, Dr. Hilliker is an
assistant professor at West Chester
University of Pennsylvania in West Chester,
PA. He teaches an atmospheric principles
course for general education as well as an
introductory meteorology course for earth
science majors. Dr. Hilliker offers his
advice to incoming students, simply, “Don’t
do it alone. Participate in groups or
activities, particularly in your major or
department” and to departing seniors,
“First, patience...Second, don’t feel
pressured to ‘get it right’ with your first
Drew first appeared on
Weather World in the spring of 1999. When He
graduated in August 2000, he took a position
as the on-camera meteorologist with KNDU in
Richland, Washington. He was born in
Portland, Oregon, and lived there until he
came to Penn State as an undergraduate
Meteorology student in 1994.
Drew then spent 18
months in Jacksonville, FL as their
on-camera meteorologist. In May, 2004, he
joined KPTV in his hometown of Portland, OR.
Drew began his independent graphic
consulting company and alreday services KCPQ
in Seattle and KOVR in Sacramento and
travels to these stations on his days off
Although Drew is
certainly fascinated by the weather
(especially big snow storms), his interest
in Mother Nature was not the only reason he
left the west coast to come to Penn State.
Being a springboard and platform diver since
he was seven years old, Drew was recruited
to come and dive for the Nittany Lions.
While competing, he distinguished himself as
the only Penn State diver in the school's
history to qualify for the NCAA
Championships all four years of his
collegiate career. Now a retired athlete,
Drew remained involved in the sport by
coaching the State College Area High School
team and assisting the Penn State team.
Aside from diving, Drew's other interests
include skiing, windsurfing, mountain
climbing, and traveling.
Originally from the small western Pennsylvania town of Blairsville, Rob Lydick has
been in love with the weather since he was a child. Taking inspiration from Pittsburgh
meteorology legend Joe DeNardo and the Weather Channel, Rob is now a senior in
meteorology at Penn State, focusing on weather forecasting and communications.
At Penn State, Rob is active in several organizations, including Campus Weather Service
(where he served as President), the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences Special Living Option Irvin Hall
(where he served as Social Chairman), the Association of Residence Hall Students
(serving as Channel 14 Director), among others. You can also see Rob on the
weekly CNET program Weather or Not, where he acts as a director/personality.
Over the summers, Rob has had the opportunity to intern with WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, along with
AccuWeather in State College. Rob also serves as a forecaster for PPG Industries
and ZedX Inc, forecasting pool use and soybean rust, respectively. Rob started out helping with
Weather World production in 2009 as a floor manager and is thrilled to now be part of the on-air team!
In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies, participating in clubs,
and listening to music.
Born and raised in Nazareth, PA, Christine McEnrue has always been fascinated by the weather.
She has numerous memories of her and her father watching storms from her back porch
while growing up. Christine is now a senior at Penn State University studying meteorology
with a focus on forecasting and communications. She serves on the PSUBMAS executive council
as the Community Outreach Chair and is an active member in EMS THON.
Christine is a member of the Campus Weather Service and can be seen on CNET,
PSN News, and Centre County Report. She also interned at WLUK-TV in Green Bay, WI
during the summer of 2010. Christine enjoys working out, dancing,
live music, golfing, and fine dining.
Neil was part of the Weather World team
from 1997 until April, 1999. He is a
native of Northampton, PA, which is
situated just north of Allentown, PA, in
the beautiful Lehigh Valley in the
eastern part of the state. Neil's
interest in the weather began during his
childhood, and he has attained a B.S. in
meteorology from Penn State. He
completed his master's degree in the
same field in early May 1996. His
research interests were in severe
thunderstorms and flash flood-producing
Neil graduated from Penn
State with a B.S. in Meteorology in 1997,
and an M.S. in Meteorology in 1999 under the
guidance of Dr. Greg Forbes. He subsequently
moved to Atlanta, GA where he currently
resides and works for The Weather Channel.
He began working as a software developer but
ultimately worked his way into a management
position. He is currently part of a team of
meteorologists and software developers
responsible for managing, creating, and
distributing weather content to all of TWC’s
platforms, and his focus is in the area of
weather graphics and graphics systems. Neil
and his family enjoy good food, spending
time with family and friends, and traveling
together, especially anywhere with a beach.
They love to go for long walks or other
exercise, and are sure not to miss any PSU
football games on TV.
Gannon Medwick was born
in Wilmington, DE and grew up in nearby
Kennett Square, PA. He joined the Weather
World production team in November 2001 and
was a part of the on-air team from February
to November 2003. In December 2003 Gannon
graduated from Penn State with a degree in
meteorology, a degree-emphasis in weather
forecasting and communications, and a minor
in business-leadership strategy.
His experience with
Weather World has propelled Gannon to a
television meteorologist position in Lake
Charles, LA. A seafood and tropical weather
enthusiast, Gannon certainly felt at home in
Acadiana. But, Gannon admits, as a
Philadelphia-area native, he'll eventually
want to return to a region that features all
the forecasting fun of the four seasons
In October 2004 Gannon
joined Storm Team 9 in Greenville, NC as the
morning and noon meteorologist. He lives in
Pitt County with his wife Jennifer. The
tricky weather systems that move through
eastern North Carolina and the East Coast
are what caught Gannon’s interest in
meteorology early on. In spare time, Gannon
enjoys experimenting with web design,
jogging, playing racquetball and tennis,
cooking, and-what else?-"recreational"
joined Weather World team in late October
2008. She is from Folcroft, PA just outside
of Philadelphia. Her degree in May, 2009
will be in meteorology with a forecasting
and communications option. She has been seen
on Palestra.net, Weather or Not and C-Net.
Andrea interned at NBC10 (WCAU-TV) in
Philadelphia in summer 2007. She enjoys
football and has gone to every Penn State
football game since freshman year and is a
big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Andrea
likes to read and learn languages for fun;
knows a good bit of Spanish, Italian, and
Japanese, and even taking an Italian class
this semester for further enrichment, loves
food from different cultures (sushi is the
favorite!), likes playing tennis, likes
shopping, likes spending time with family
and friends. Andrea just graduated in
May 2009 with a degree in meteorology from
Penn State, with a concentration in
Forecasting and Communications.
|Dave came on board the Weather World
team in December of 2009 and is a resident of Turbotville, PA
(located thirty minutes south of Williamsport).
Dave developed a passion for weather at a young age, when Hurricane Bertha cut
short a family vacation to the Outer Banks in 1996. This love/hate relationship
later led him to Penn State University where he worked toward a B.S. degree in
Meteorology with a focus in Weather Forecasting and Communications.
In his four years at Penn State, Dave became an active member of the Campus Weather
Service’s radio operations, and has also been involved with other weather television
productions at Penn State. Some of these include CNET and Weather or Not, a
weekly weather show developed and produced entirely by students.
When he is not in the studio, looking at weather models, or working behind the
Weather World scenes, Dave can be found playing sports, attempting to play the
guitar, or simply enjoying the company of friends. After college, David plans
to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology or perhaps dentistry and hopes to
one day settle down somewhere along the east coast, preferably along the Outer Banks.
Dave graduated in
May 2010 with a degree in meteorology from
Penn State, with a concentration in
Forecasting and Communications and will likely pursue a degree in dentistry in 2011.
Todd Miner joined the Weather World team
late in 1997. He hails from Buffalo, New
York. The atmosphere never ceases to
fascinate Todd who recalls being
interested in the meteorology since the
age of five when a tornado tore through
his family's campsite in northern New
York (luckily no one was injured!).
While virtually all aspects of weather
interest Todd, his true passion lies in
the study of how the Great Lakes
influence the weather and climate.
When he was a member
of the Penn State Weather Communications
Group, Todd taught classes in both weather
communications and forecasting and also
teaches introductory meteorology classes for
non-majors on occasion. He helped supervise
the daily creation of the New York Times
Weather Page, which was done every day at
Penn State until January, 2010. Subsequently, Todd
has been working in the State College area.
Some of Todd's other interests include
swimming, biking and generally wandering
around in the great outdoors. Ademas, el ha
descubierto satisfaccion para aprender
idiomas extranas, especialmente espanol!
Tyler joined the Weather World team in May of 2010.
The Blizzard of 1996 was the event that sparked Tyler’s interest in
winter weather forecasting as two feet of snow shut down school
for a week in his hometown of Northampton, Pennsylvania.
Tyler was glued to the TV during these winter storms that frequently
impacted Eastern Pennsylvania. The fascination in east coast snowstorms
led Tyler to Penn State to study these winter weather phenomena.
This past spring, Tyler graduated with both a BS and MS in meteorology,
with a thesis focused on improving 24-hr snowfall accumulation through
advanced statistics applied to ensemble forecasting.
During his undergraduate years at Penn State, Tyler has forecasted winter
weather for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District II,
worked as a PA Climate Office Assistant, and was the President of Penn State’s
Branch of Chi Epsilon Pi, the National Meteorological Honors Society.
He has also been awarded Penn State’s recipient of the Astronaut Scholarship
as well as the American Meteorological Society Bob Glahn Scholarship for
Statistical Meteorology. In addition to working in the classroom,
Tyler has been a member of the Penn State Varsity Men’s Cross Country and Track teams
and recently ran the 6th fastest time in Penn State History for the 10,000 meter
run. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking and fishing in the Rothrock and
Black Moshannon State Parks. Tyler will continue his study of meteorology and
winter weather forecasting after a stint as a professional runner in 2010-2011.
Brian Monahan joined
Weather World during the fall of 2004 as the
returned to the airwaves on PCN. Brian
graduated from Penn State in Spring 2004
with a B.S. in Meteorology and completed his
M.S. in May, 2006.
In addition to Brian's
work on Weather World, he also served as the
weekend morning meteorologist on WBRE-TV in
Wilkes-Barre, PA. Brian is currently the
morning and midday meteorologist on WINK-TV,
Fort Myers, FL. When he's not watching the
weather, Brian enjoys both watching and
participating in sports of all kinds.
Sam had been on the show from 1993 until
1998. Sam taught introductory and
advanced meteorology classes at Penn
State during that time. He is originally
from Philadelphia and went to Penn State
University, where he received his B.S.
and M.S. degrees in meteorology.
Sam was a forecaster for the New York Times
and has a passion for chasing hurricanes.
Sam's other interests include politics and
his dog Snuffy.
Sam is now working at
as a broadcast meteorologist.
Harlan was a member of the Weather
World team from 1992-94. He is a native
of Portland, CT. He followed in the
footsteps of his parents whom also
attended Penn State. Harlan has a B.S.
and M.S. in meteorology, and is
completing a doctorate degree in the
same field. His research interests are
the effects of weather on bird
behavioral patterns. Harlan's hobbies
include playing football, basketball,
and softball and he enjoys fishing and
Dave joined the Weather World forecast
team in December 2000. However, he began
working behind the scenes in March 2000,
assisting in the production of many of
the graphics you see each and every
night on Weather World.
Dave came to Weather
World from Washington Township, New Jersey,
located just outside of Philadelphia. Before
coming to Penn State, Dave was extremely
active in youth sports. In addition to
playing high school ice hockey, he coached
several sports, including baseball, ice
hockey, and soccer. He was also involved in
officiating all of those sports. Here in
central Pennsylvania, Dave continued to be
very involved in ice hockey, and could be
found at several area rinks as a high school
and college ice hockey referee.
Dave enjoys attending
Penn State sporting events and catching the
Flyers and Eagles on TV.
Dave first fell in love
with the weather in the early 1980s, when a
storm dropped 26" of snow in his backyard.
Since then, winter has always been his
favorite season, topped off by the Blizzard
of 1996, which dropped 31" of snow in
Philadelphia, leaving Dave grinning
ear-to-ear. He also enjoys spending summer
days at the beach, and spring days on the
Dave graduated in May
2001. He spent 2 years as Chief
Meteorologist at WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.
Dave then moved to the NBC affiliate, WHAG
in Hagerstown, MD for 2 more years where he
covered some things from the Presidents’ Day
Blizzard to 18 tornadoes produced in the
viewing area in a 4 hour span during
Hurricane Ivan. He has been at WBRE since
June 2005 where most recently he led our
stations coverage during the devastating
June 2006 flash flooding (8-14” of rain in 5
Other than for Elliot Abrams, Joe has
been with Weather World the longest. He
joined the show in 1969 and is
considered a mentor for many of Weather
World's successful broadcasters. He has
a B.S. degree from the University of
Michigan as well as M.S. and PhD degrees
from Penn State University.
Joe is the Senior Vice President of
and is heard regularly on radio throughout
New York and in large market cities in the
Deep South. His specialty is in the field of
broadcasting and forensics. Joe's outside
interests include baseball and tennis.
Heidi joined the
on-camera Weather World staff in March 2000,
but her work with the program dated back to
1998 when she became a mentor and coach to
the Campus Weather Service television
presenters. While at Penn State, Heidi was a
member of the Weather Communications Group.
Her work centered around the (then) new
television studio and the department's WSI
WeatherProducer computers for producing
weather graphics.Heidi is originally from
Venango County in northwestern Pennsylvania.
She received her B.S. in meteorology from
Penn State in 1986. Her interest in
television weather took her to jobs as a
broadcast meteorologist in Wausua, WI,
Portland, OR and Dayton, OH. She has served
on the American Meteorological Society's
Board of TV Broadcasters, and she currently
is a member of the Meteorology Alumni of
Penn State (MAPS) steering committee. She is
also a Centennial Fellow of the College of
Earth and Mineral Sciences.In her spare
time, Heidi is an orchid grower and a member
of the American Orchid society. Growing up
on a farm has left her with a love of
gardening and growing things. She
volunteered at Penn State's Trial gardens
and she was a board member of the Centre
Hall Area Branch of the Centre County
Library.Heidi now lives in central Virginia
where she runs her own private weather firm
and consults with television stations in
nearby Charlottesville. She remains a big
fan of Penn State women’s volleyball and
frequently returns to the area to visit
Jonathan Porter joined
the on air Weather World Team in February of
2002, however he had been involved in many
aspects of the show since September 2000. In
addition, Jon worked as a forecaster with
the New York Times Group and was heavily
involved in the department's TV weather
graphics system. Jon received a bachelors
degree in meteorology as well as a minor in
information technology in May, 2004. A New
England native, Jon grew up in the small
town of Killingly, CT where he developed a
passion for snow and snow forecasting. Jon
has always been interested in the weather
and in fact his father has an undergraduate
degree in meteorology. During his middle and
high school years, Jon provided weather
forecasts during winter storms to his local
newspaper. Since 2004, Jon has been working
Inc. using his computer savvy to
In his free time, Jon
likes to spend time with his friends and he
can frequently be found riding his bicycle
on the roads of State College. Jon also
volunteers at a clinic that provides
healthcare to those without health
Jay was raised in Saint
Paul, Minnesota, land of 11,842 lakes.
Outdoors is the place to be in MN, all year
round. And winters there make it tough! Ice
fishing is awesome too! So that is what Jay
did growing up, fishing, cycling and
otherwise always outdoors.
When a person spends so
much time in the wilderness there is no way
you can get by in Minnesota without knowing
what the weather is doing. Jay became hooked
on trying to figure out how and why the
weather was doing what it did. So becoming a
meteorologist was only the natural course to
He graduated from the
University of North Dakota in 1990 with a BS
in meteorology, and two years later from
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
with an MS.
After several years with
the government, Jay then plunged into TV,
First in Rapid City South Dakota, then
Champaign Illinois. TV was something Jay
always wanted to do, but still there were
other things that he enjoyed.
When the station in
Champaign did not re-sign his contract, Jay
took the opportunity to explore personal
training and triathlon coaching. Physical
fitness and triathlon racing are Jays other
passions in life and had a home business and
a position with Refinery, a fitness facility
Jay loves to teach,
meteorology is his true passion and teaching
physical fitness and health as well as
meteorology is like a dream come true. A
position came open at Penn State where he
could forecast the weather for very
challenging locations, teach meteorology to
students at the premier school in the nation
and also pursue his other interests in
Joe has completed his senior year at
Penn State, though he started on-air
Weather World duties in December 2008.
However, Joe has been apart of all the
behind the scenes activities of Weather
World, including making graphics,
directing and producing the show, since
he arrived as a freshman back in the
fall of 2005. He also has been involved
in other weather productions at Penn
State, including making weekly football
forecasts for Palestra.net during the
fall, as well as Weather or Not, a
weekly weather show developed and
produced entirely by students. Joe is
from Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of
Toledo, and grew up experiencing the
full spectrum of weather, from hot,
stormy summers to cold, snowy winters.
In the summer of 2008, Joe had the
opportunity to intern at WTVG-TV in
Toledo with meteorologist Stan Stachak,
a fixture in the Toledo market. When Joe
isn’t looking at weather models, he’s
usually watching the news and sports.
He’s a die hard fan of the Nittany
Lions, as well as all the Detroit teams
(yes, even the Detroit Lions…”they’ll
turn it around…someday”).Upon graduation
in May 2009, Joe headed out west to
begin work at KREX (CBS affiliate) in
Grand Junction, Colorado, where he is
currently the weekend meteorologist and
general assignment reporter during the
week. Joe is excited to be living in
such a beautiful landscape, and can't
wait to hit the slopes of the Rockies
during the winter.
Steve joined the Weather World family in May of 2010 after receiving
his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State that same month.
A resident of West Chester, PA, Steve has had an interest in the intricacies
of the weather since the Blizzard of '96 roared through his Long Island backyard
when he was only 8. In-between, Steve has interned under a wonderful team of
meteorologists at KYW-TV in Philadelphia and has always kept an eye to the sky.
Aside from his love for the weather, Steve also has a strong love of theatre
and has acted in productions for Penn State student run theatre troupes
The Penn State Thespians and No Refund Theatre. In his spare time, Steve loves
to listen and sing-along to all kinds of music and root hard for all the
Philadelphia major sports teams, especially the Phillies who he witnessed clinch
their second straight National League Championship in person at the ballpark in 2009.
Steve received his B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State in May 2010.
Nick Vita joined the Weather World team in October of 2009. He is currently finishing
up his senior year in the Penn State is majoring Meteorology program with a
concentration in Forecasting and Communications with a minor in GIS. As a student,
Nick has interned at WTAJ-TV 10 in Altoona, PA and WBOC TV 16 in Salisbury, MD.
He also is currently the Penn State Manger for the National Forecasting Challenge,
WxChallenge, where during the 2009-2010 season he won four trophies.
Originally from Long Island, Nick has experienced a
variety of weather such as Nor’easters, which sparked his interest in meteorology.
After moving to the small town near the Chesapeake Bay, Easton, MD, Nick experienced
Hurricane Isabel which brought a devastating storm surge to much of the region.
However, his favorite weather to forecast for and to enjoy is the cold and snow.
During his free time he enjoys skiing, hiking and just being in the outdoors.
In addition, Nick makes sure to watch every Penn State football game along with
the Baltimore Ravens and New York Yankees.
the Weather World team in December of
2007 while completing her B.S. degree in
meteorology at Penn State. A resident of
Kutztown, Pa she developed an interest
for the weather at a young age. With an
option in Weather Forecasting and
Communications Jen has been seen on
Palestra.Net, Weather Or Not, CNET,
and The Weather Channel. She also
interned at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York
in the Summer of 2006. Upon graduating,
Jen accepted a position at WBOC in
Salisbury, Maryland as the weekend
meteorologist. When not forecasting or
attending classes, Jen enjoys
participating in community events. In
2008, she held a position as the Penn
State Relay For Life Overall Chair, the
American Cancer Society’s signature
event. In her time at Penn State, she
has held over one dozen leadership
positions within both the State College
area and the Penn State community.
Outside of school-related activities Jen
enjoys spending time with her family.
Although a local to the Philadelphia
area, she enjoys cheering on Pittsburgh
sports teams, Go Pens!
Raised outside the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio, Matt Alto has always had a fascination
with the weather. Unlike most children growing up, Matt did not watch cartoons;
rather he had his eyes glued to The Weather Channel. Matt’s grandfather, Bob Alto,
was a meteorologist in the National Weather Service for 34 years. His grandfather
was also a meteorologist at TV stations in Akron and Cleveland following his
retirement from the NWS. Matt remembers as a young child going to the Akron-Canton
Airport where his grandfather worked and seeing what he did. He learned a lot
about the weather at a young age from his grandfather and his experiences as a
child may have had a large impact on why he is studying meteorology.
Matt is currently a senior in meteorology at Penn State with a focus on weather
forecasting and communications. He is active in several organizations at Penn State,
including the Campus Weather Service (where he served as Head of Communications)
and PSUBAMS (serving as Vice-President). Matt can be seen on other programs,
including the weekly C-NET show Weather or Not and the Centre County Report.
Matt has interned at WEWS News Channel 5 in Cleveland, OH as well as AccuWeather
where he is currently working full-time. Matt’s favorite types of weather include
lake-effect snow and severe weather. In his free time, Matt enjoys watching and
playing sports, being with friends, and obviously monitoring the weather.
Brian Walder has always been fascinated by the weather. As a kid, however, this interest
was in the form of fear. Lightning and thunderstorms were some of Brian's fears growing up,
but this fear helped "spark" his interest in weather. From a young age, he could be seen
watching the Weather Channel instead of cartoons and reading books about the weather.
Brian is now currently a senior majoring in meteorology with a concentration in weather
forecasting and communications at Penn State.
Brian is an active member of Penn State's Campus Weather Service and is also a member of
Season 10 of the show Weather or Not. Growing up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Brian is an
avid Philadelphia and Penn State sports fan, specifically the Flyers, Eagles, Phillies,
and Nittany Lion football. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, sailing, working out,
and of course anything weather related. Brian interned this past summer at WWAY in
Wilmington, North Carolina, and hopes to pursue a career in broadcast meteorology after graduation.
Brian graduated in May 2012 and is currently the weekend meteorologist in Bluefield, WV.
Liz grew up liking tropical weather better than the snowy, cold winters she
experienced in upstate New York. During the summer of 2004, Liz became fascinated
with Hurricane Charley, a category 3 hurricane that ripped through central Florida.
Instead of enjoying her summer vacation outside, Liz stayed inside with her eyes
glued to The Weather Channel, learning about Hurricane Charley and the impacts
the storm made on Florida. It was then that Liz realized she wanted to be a
broadcast meteorologist. Soon after, Liz joined her high school’s broadcasting
club and began her journey to be a broadcast meteorologist. One of Liz’s
aspirations is to report onsite in a hurricane.
Liz is currently a forecaster for the show Weather or Not, which is a student run
television program that focuses on the weather and scientific news. In addition,
she also forecasts the weather for the C-NET channel in Centre County and for the
College of Communications show, The Centre County Report. Liz has also been the manager
of the communications and forecasting shifts for the Campus Weather Service here at Penn State,
in which she guided students to learn how to forecast and communicate the weather to the public.
In addition, Liz has been the Treasurer of her dorm, the Vice President for West Halls at Penn State,
and was an active member in Student Government for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
In her free time, Liz likes to hang out with friends, dance, hike, run, and of course, forecast the weather.
Liz graduated in May 2012 and has started as a weekend tv meteorologists at Idaho Falls, ID.