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Rob Lydick



Rob grew up in the small western Pennsylvania town of Blairsville (Indiana County) and knew from a young age that his career would involve weather. He attended Penn State for meteorology and graduated in 2011. While at Penn State, Rob was actively involved in Campus Weather Service, the largest student-run forecasting organization in the country. He was also involved with the student-run show Weather or Not and was a forecaster on Weather World.

After graduating from Penn State, Rob worked for two years as a meteorologist at WABI-TV5 in Bangor, Maine. In Maine, Rob covered record-breaking warmth, snowstorms, and blizzards. He also got to do some hiking, ziplining, and snowmobiling in an outdoor adventure segment called Roaming Rob. Rob moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in the fall of 2013 and began working at WANE 15 as a weekend morning meteorologist, co-host and reporter. While in Fort Wayne, he covered extreme winter weather and severe storms, including one of the largest tornado outbreaks in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio on August 24, 2016. Besides weather, Rob also worked on feature segments at the local zoo and a local winery. Rob moved back to his alma mater in November of 2018 and returned to Weather World after a 7 year hiatus. He currently works as a host, producer, and forecaster for the show and works with students to help them prepare for careers in meteorology and weather broadcasting. In his spare time, Rob enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with friends, volunteering for his fraternity, and wine-tasting.

   

Jon Nese



Jon Nese is a native of Steubenville, Ohio, and was a regular on Weather World from 1989 to 1998. During that time, he was a faculty member at the Beaver, University Park, and Hazleton Campuses, where he taught meteorology, earth sciences, and mathematics courses. From 1998 to 2002, he was chief meteorologist at the historic Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. From 2002 to 2005, he was an on-air storm analyst at The Weather Channel. Jon has now joined the faculty of the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

Jon has authored two books: The Philadelphia Area Weather Book (with Philadelphia television meteorologist and PSU alum Glenn Schwartz), and a college-level introductory textbook A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology (with Penn State meteorologist Lee Grenci), now in its sixth edition. Jon produces the very popular and Emmy-winning WXYZ (weatherwise) segment on Weather World each Wednesday. In his spare time, Jon enjoys attending Penn State sporting events and coaching youth basketball and soccer.

   

Marisa Ferger



Hurricane Gloria was the event that turned Marisa Ferger into an official "weather weenie". The storm forced her hometown of Bayville, NY to be evacuated and sparked her interest in meteorology. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Marisa worked as an on-air meteorologist and reporter at WPBN in Traverse City, MI and KOKH in Oklahoma City. Before joining the Weather Communications Group in July of 2002, Marisa worked in television and radio in State College, PA.

Marisa, along with Jon Nese won an Emmy in 2015 for one of the Weather Whys segments. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, and reading.

   
   

Bill Syrett



Bill Syrett was born in Bristol, CT and has been fascinated by weather that most people consider "bad" since he was 5 years old. He was pleased and surprised to find lots of other "weather weenies" when he came to Penn State in 1980. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and was then hired by Penn State as a research assistant, again in meteorology. In 1995 he began his tenure as the manager of Penn State's University Park weather observatory, now the Joel N. Myers Weather Center. He teaches several meteorology courses and enjoys contact with his students and all others with an interest in the weather. He is married and has two grown children. He's been a forecaster on Weather World since 2001.

   

Steve Seman



Steve Seman joined the Weather World team in May of 2003, making his first appearance the day before he graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology. In addition to his appearances on Weather World, Steve teaches several online meteorology courses in Penn State's Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting program.

Steve's main meteorological interests are synoptic and mesoscale forecasting, and of course, weather communications. During his college years, he interned at WLIO NBC 35 in Lima, Ohio and WTVG 13 ABC in Toledo, Ohio. He was fortunate enough to appear on-air several times in Lima, doing short weather segments during NBC's weekend Today.

Growing up in Findlay, Ohio, Steve developed an intense interest in severe thunderstorms, as they are a great demonstration of nature's awesome power. When he's not looking at the sky, or his computer, Steve loves watching Cincinnati Reds baseball, Penn State football, and playing sports. He also enjoys music and relaxing with friends and family. Steve would like to thank everyone who tunes in to Weather World every night. Listen up Weather Nation, Some of his colleagues think he is a dead-ringer as the weatherman version of Stephen Colbert!

   

Scott Loeffler



Scott was born outside of Detroit, MI shortly before moving to Dallas, TX, where he got his first taste of severe weather. The sound of large hail hitting his roof made a 5 year old Scott wonder how the atmosphere could "throw big cubes at his house." He then moved to just north of Miami, FL, where he experienced the 2004 hurricane season that saw four hurricanes hit Florida, and watched the Tropical Update on The Weather Channel on a daily basis. Scott then moved to Cleveland, OH, where he was introduced to lake effect snow, rounding out a wide variety of weather experiences. He attended the University of Michigan from 2011 to 2015 where he was the fundraising and outreach chair for the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society. During his time at Michigan, Scott interned for the National Weather Service Detroit office as well as interned for the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. Scott came to Penn State in fall 2015 for his graduate studies in radar meteorology.

He enjoys watching and following college football as well as being a movie enthusiast.

   

Jacob Morse



Jacob was born and raised in Brookfield, CT, and has been intrigued and passionate about the weather from a young age. Big snowstorms have always excited Jacob as he is an avid skier, so he wanted to know when the mountains of New England were going to have the best ski conditions. Jacob is currently a senior meteorology student at Penn State, with a particular focus on forecasting and communication, and also a part of the Schreyer Honors College. Jacob was honored to receive the NOAA Hollings Scholarship in 2019, which kickstarted his research project on investigating winter weather messaging strategies that he is continuing now at Penn State. Jacob served as the Head of Communications for the Penn State Campus Weather Service in 2020 and also was a meteorologist for the Centre County Report on their live Friday newscasts during the fall of 2020. During the summer of 2019, Jacob had the fantastic opportunity to intern at WVIT/NBC CT, the TV station he grew up watching, where he really got to see what it is like to be a broadcast meteorologist.

Jacob started helping out with Weather World as a freshman in the fall of 2017, giving time cues to the on-air talent and learning how the show was produced. He officially joined the Weather World team in the fall of 2019 as a director of the show and then made his on-air debut as a host in November of that year. Jacob has been a forecaster on the show since the fall of 2020 and has gotten to forecast for a few large snowstorms in the Commonwealth. Besides meteorology being a huge passion for Jacob, he also enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, bowling, and photography. He's also a sports fanatic and loves to cheer on his beloved New York Mets.

   
 

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