If you’re an avid viewer of The Weather Channel, you’ll likely notice a new face starting this week: Meteorologist Felicia Combs! Get to know more about Felicia below and send along a warm welcome in the comments below.
Where are you from?
I grew up in central Florida, Lake Wales to be exact.
What sparked your passion for weather?
As a kid I was really afraid of thunderstorms, so my mom bought me all of these weather books. That sparked my passion, but I didn’t realize it at the time.
Fill us in on your educational background.
I have a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida and a meteorology degree from Mississippi State University, plus a seal of approval from the National Weather Association. During my senior year at UCF I had a journalism internship at a station in Orlando and I realized I did not want to be a hard news reporter. On a fluke, the journalists I was with said why don’t you go hang out with the meteorologists in the weather office and see if you like that. It clicked and I loved it. So I got a job in TV, started studying for my meteorology degree, and the rest is history! It wasn’t my original plan, but as soon as I started meteorology I just knew that’s what I had to be doing with my life.
How long have you been in broadcast meteorology?
8 years! Most recently I was working at WSVN in Miami, Florida, I was at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida for 3 years, I was in Springfield, Missouri for 2 years, and first job was in Macon, Georgia. So I’ve been all over.
What’s the most unforgettable weather event you’ve covered?
I would say Hurricane Matthew. It came very close to West Palm Beach, and it looked like it might be a direct hit for a little while, and then it changed paths. That was my first year in West Palm Beach, and it really looked like a major hurricane was going to make landfall in our area. I remember because it had been so long since there was an actual landfalling hurricane that we were worried people would be complacent. It ended up skirting the coast so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but given that it was my first year back in south Florida and it looked like it would be a direct hit, it was memorable.
What kind of weather is most fascinating to you and why?
I love tropical weather! Growing up in Florida that’s kind of a given. I lived in central Florida during the 2004/2005 hurricane season. Charley, Frances, and Jeanne all crossed over Polk county where I lived. We couldn’t go to school, we didn’t have electricity for two weeks, and the whole city was covered in blue tarps because nobody had roofs. Tropical weather has always been a little more interesting to me.
What’s your favorite season and why?
Well, I’m definitely a Florida girl through and through so I like the heat! But we don’t really have seasons in Florida. From my time living in Georgia and Missouri, I love fall! Seeing the colors changing, the nip in the air, the pumpkins. The feel of fall is my favorite.
What’s something our audience would be surprised to know about you?
Let’s see… I really like traveling off the beaten path. Rather than going to an all inclusive resort, I’d rather go to some hole-in-the-wall place and explore the area on a bicycle. I really like immersing myself in the culture of wherever I go.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests you’re passionate about?
I like doing anything outdoors like kayaking, hiking, and especially running. I also love cooking, and not to toot my own horn, but I am a pretty good cook!
What part of being an On-Camera Meteorologist at The Weather Channel are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about getting a chance to cover the entire nation both in studio and live on location. I’ve cultivated so many relationships around the country with my prior experiences in broadcast meteorology and I’m excited to be able to connect with all of those areas again.