My interest in weather began almost as far back as I can remember. Growing up in Canton, Massachusetts, a town just south of Boston, it was easy for me to become fascinated by weather. When I was just about 4 years old, I had experienced severe thunderstorms, a hurricane, and a blizzard all in the same year. The first severe thunderstorm I remember was in the spring of 1996. I can remember hearing the distant rumble and then running into my house minutes before the storm arrived. I watched the sky turn black as rain, wind, and nonstop lightning turned a nice warm day into a frightful scene. At the time, I was fearful of my house being struck by lightning when, just then, a tree was hit across the street. The storm was quickly over leaving my house unscathed, but ingraining severity of thunderstorms into my memory forever.
During the summer of that same year, I was staying with my family on Humarock Beach in Scituate, Massachusetts, when a hurricane hit seemingly out of nowhere. I remember the night before the hurricane arrived, we were outside watching shooting stars on the back porch of our cottage because the sky was so clear. Later that night, I went to sleep but was woken up several times by loud waves along the beach and heavy rain hitting the roof. Eventually, the rain and noise stopped and I was able to sleep completely unaware of what had happened outside. The next morning, we attempted to walk down from the second story of the cottage only to realize that the first floor of our cottage was flooded with a foot of sea foam! Although the storm (that I later learned was Hurricane Edouard) was gone, I became ever more fascinated in weather.
Next was the April Fool’s Day Blizzard of 1997. I remember the day before being nice and warm, but that night the weather changed dramatically. Just before I went to bed, I remember watching heavy snow and flashes of lightning as the storm started. I later woke up to almost 30″ of snow on the ground in April! I was just excited to see snow again because I loved to go sledding at the time. However, after that storm and many other blizzards thereafter, I used to think that lightning during snow storms (thundersnow) was somewhat normal. I learned otherwise in college.
Although I was fascinated in weather at this point, I was not deeply interested until I saw the movie Twister in 1997. To me, nothing I had experienced seemed as fascinating as tornadoes, and watching people chase tornadoes was even more fascinating. Although I was disappointing to learn later in college that most of the movie wasn’t factually sound, it is still one of my all time favorites. From then on, I became obsessed with learning about and experiencing the weather.
In 2005, after my first year of middle school, I remember watching the Weather Channel’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. This was a turning point for me because it was the first time I became interested in broadcasting weather. I stayed up all night watching the weather channel’s coverage of the storm with Jim Cantore reporting in the worst of it from Gulfport, MS.
My first educational experience with weather was in Mrs. Birtwell’s 8th grade class, where I was able to practice my first ever weather broadcast through the Galvin Middle School’s P.A. system. This was a new and exciting experience and the first time I was able to practice forecasting as well.
During my high school years, I became a volunteer at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. There I learned a great deal about meteorology, including the assistance of daily observations, research projects, and observing equipment. Some of my more notable work at the observatory was my assisting with the NWS daily discussions, as well as research projects on A Climatology of Hourly Heavy Rainfall Events and Snowfall Days of the Week. These projects utilized Blue Hill’s 130+ year data set dating back to 1885.
On my last week of high school, New England experienced a rare tornado outbreak. It spawned 6 tornadoes, including one large destructive one in Springfield, MA. Having not ever seen a tornado but knowing how dangerous they are, this was a surreal situation. Although we were not near this tornado, watching the live coverage was unbelievable and something I will never forget.
Upon graduation of Canton High School, I decided to attend Lyndon State College to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences. At Lyndon, I learned and experienced a great deal forecasting, and broadcasting, as well as computing. During my junior year I participated in WxChallenge, a national weather forecasting challenge. I placed 3rd nationally out of 2000 participants and 2nd amongst collegiate participants. I also began broadcasting weather through the New England Storm Center, a digital weather channel myself and a few of my classmates created.
In the summer of 2014, I worked as an intern for FOX25 in Dedham, MA, where I worked with meteorologist Fred Campagna. Upon leaving FOX25, I was producing and creating graphics as well as assisting with live shows. Fred gave me invaluable tips and advice that proved to be an enormous help in starting my career as a broadcast meteorologist.
During my senior year of college, I started live weather broadcasting through Lyndon’s News 7 Station, providing forecasts to over 9,000 households in northern Vermont and New Hampshire. I also worked for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, providing winter weather forecast for road crews across Vermont.
After college, I landed my first TV gig at WMTW in Portland, Maine. I was excited but also very nervous. After a while the nerves faded, and I actually enjoyed my time on-air. Although this was a short-term position, it was a great place to start my career.
After spending time in Maine, I took another position at WMTV NBC15 in Madison, Wisconsin. Having never been to the Midwest, it was a big change for me, but Wisconsin weather was the challenge I was looking for. Other than occasional severe storms in New England, I had never experienced a big severe season. Moving to Wisconsin made me more accustomed to covering explosive Midwest storm systems that have helped me become a better meteorologist.
Aside from my deep passion for meteorology, I am an avid Boston sports fan. I am also a big into snowboarding and have skied at over 30 New England Ski Resorts and several resorts in Utah.