This week we are celebrating the wonderful women at The Weather Channel! Not only are they strong and smart scientists, but they are also an inspiration to millions of females who are, or will be, in STEM fields.
Jen Carfagno earned her bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1998 – a year after an internship with The Weather Channel. Later that year, she joined The Weather Channel as a full-time forecaster. Jen first participated in the on-camera meteorologist apprentice program at The Weather Channel, earning time in front of the camera every weekend. In addition to her on-air assignments, Jen gained valuable weather knowledge and experience from several key positions in the meteorology departments.
During that time, Jen was the liaison for the Meteorology Science & Strategy Department to several other business units. She also was the point person for The Weather Channel’s tactical operations with the National Weather Service, the EPA AIRNow program and other related government agencies. Jen developed and led Weather Camps around the country for The Weather Channel and continues to speak to students about a passion of hers – science.
In her spare time, Jen enjoys running, relaxing at the beach or working in the yard. Her favorite weather measurement is dew points as she is often referred to as the “Dewpoint Diva.” Her life-long goal is to help people understand how important they are to everyday life.
We asked The Weather Channel’s female on-camera meteorologists to answer questions about their fellow co-worker, and this is what they had to say about the remarkable Jen Carfagno!
1. What do you admire most about Jen Carfagno?
Jen’s genuine passion for weather is contagious. She always makes time to take in the natural wonder or beauty of a day or weather event. – Alex Wilson
2. What’s something you’ve learned from Jen Carfagno?
Jen always leads with compassion. It’s a wonderful love to receive and a great lesson/reminder! – Stephanie Abrams
3. How is Jen Carfagno an inspiration to other females interested in weather and science?
She’s encouraging and dedicated to uplifting other female scientists, making them excited to pursue meteorology. I admire this so much about her. – Liana Brackett
4. What makes Jen Carfagno unique?
What makes Jen unique is there is literally nothing I can think of that she can’t or won’t do. Brave, fierce, smart…she’s got it all! – Maria LaRosa
5. Why is Jen Carfagno an integral part to The Weather Channel family?
I have known Jen Carfagno the longest of all the female on-camera meteorologists. I watched her go from the apprenticeship program to being a host of AMHQ. Jen is a hard worker, truly dedicated to The Weather Channel, always coming up with ideas to cover on the show. – Kelly Cass
6. Jen Carfagno is a role model in the meteorology field because…
Jen’s passion for communicating science shows in every segment she does. No matter what is going on, or where she is, that doesn’t’ change. She is always thinking about the viewer, the impacts, and how to get people prepared for what’s to come. But she also loves to share her love for weather, and she does it so well! She is a true weather geek and inspiration. – Dr. Erika Navarro
Jen Carfagno is an extraordinary example of kindness, intelligence, and grace for not only her co-workers, but for people everywhere. The Weather Channel is lucky to have had her on the team for 20 years!