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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.


John Banghoff

John was born in Atlanta, GA and grew up just outside of Columbus, OH. His interest in weather began as a result of multiple tornado warnings being issued while on camping trips with his family growing up. The swirling clouds, loud rumbles of thunder, frantic securing of loose items, and rush to the bath houses made him intrigued by the power of weather. John attended The Ohio State University where he was a 5-year member of The Ohio State University Marching Band and president of the Meteorology Club. During the summer of 2013, John volunteered at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, OH and interned at WSYX/WTTE in Columbus in the weather department. He spent the summer of 2014 in Peachtree City, GA interning at the National Weather Service office outside of Atlanta as a part of the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship program. While there, he investigated tornado debris signatures on radar. John received his Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Sciences in December 2015 and spent the spring of 2016 working with Franklin County Emergency Management in Columbus during the day and as Meteorologist at MAPFRE Stadium, home of the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer Club, in the evening. John came to Penn State University in the Fall of 2016 to pursue his Master’s degree by investigating radar characteristics of horizontal convective rolls (HCRs). He completed his Master's degree in early 2019 and currently works for the National Weather Service in State College.

In his free time, John enjoys playing golf, watching Atlanta Braves baseball, cheering on the Buckeyes, and eating ice cream.


Paul Mykolajtchuk

Paul grew up near Princeton, New Jersey and has wanted to become a meteorologist since he was three years old. Paul’s interest in meteorology stemmed from his interest in geography, specifically when it came to maps of the United States. His interest was later solidified when his hometown received more than two feet of snow from the Blizzard of 2003. Wanting to learn more about meteorology, Paul attended Penn State as a meteorology undergraduate from 2014 to 2018, where he served as Head of the Forecasting Branch for the Penn State Campus Weather Service in 2016. The following year, Paul served as Vice President for both the Penn State Campus Weather Service, and the Penn State Storm Chase Team. Paul received his Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science in May 2018. Paul is currently pursuing graduate studies at Penn State as a Master’s Student in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.

Paul joined the Weather World team in Spring 2018. In his free time, he enjoys going to Penn State football games, biking, and listening to symphonic metal bands.


Karl Schneider

Karl Schneider is a senior undergraduate student originally from Huntsville, AL. The frequent severe weather outbreaks in “Dixie Alley” sparked Karl’s interest in weather at a young age. Karl’s favorite weather, however, has always been winter weather, despite infrequent snowfalls in Alabama. In the second grade, Karl and his dad discovered how to make snow in their backyard to solve this problem. Whenever the temperature dropped low enough, Karl operated his home snow-making equipment, bringing the joy of snow to the South. Karl now calls State College home, but continues his snow-making hobby when time allows. When he’s not skiing or making snow, Karl enjoys spending time outdoors and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.


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