Love is in the air at The Weather Channel today…. but let’s face it, love is always in the air here when it comes to weather. Our meteorologists have such a burning passion for all things weather that they may love it more than some people they know. We asked them about their love affair with meteorology, and if you know them at all, the answers probably won’t surprise you.
What do you love most about meteorology?
It’s almost never the same. Keeps the relationship feeling fresh. – Alex Wallace, On-Camera Meteorologist
What’s not to love? You got sun, you got clouds. There’s snow, wind, thunder, lightning, heat, and cold. So much to love and chat about on a daily basis! Never gets boring! – Kelly Cass, On-Camera Meteorologist
I love all of weather’s personality quirks, and I love that I understand why those quirks happen. There is something I can appreciate about every type of weather. Knowing how some of that works never gets uninteresting to me. Life’s exciting when you study the weather! – Maria LaRosa, On-Camera Meteorologist
Being asked by every single person I meet EVER, “how do you like having a job where you can be wrong half the time and not be fired?” – Mark Elliot, On-Camera Meteorologist
The way the air moves. From high to low pressure, but curving because the earth is rotating. It’s like an unending dance. – Jen Carfagno, On-Camera Meteorologist
When did you know meteorology was “the one” for you?
It was love at first isodrosotherm (line of constant dew points!). – Carfagno
Like a bolt out of the blue, a direct hit from Cupid’s arrow, it just hit me when I visited the meteorology department at Penn State. I knew then any other major wasn’t going to be able to compare. It was going to be forever together in weather! – LaRosa
We first met in 1993 when it gave me the gift of the Blizzard of 1993. – Wallace
After a dark and stormy night and a long walk on the beach, I just knew. – Elliot
I fell in love with meteorology during the blizzard of 93. I braved strong winds, blowing snow, wind chills around zero. What didn’t kill me made me stronger, and more appreciative of what Mother Nature was capable of! – Cass
Describe your feelings toward weather in one word.
Phobophobia – Elliot
Amazing – Cass
Thermodynamic! – LaRosa
Inspiring – Carfagno
What is your perfect weather-related Valentine’s Day date?
Since Valentine’s day is mid February, I’d love to be at a ski resort with lots of fresh powder, blue skies, and 32 degrees with no wind. – Cass
Outdoor country music concert after a storm with dissipating cumulonimbus clouds reflecting the light at sunset. – Carfagno
A nice cool, clear evening star-gazing in the mountains. I also enjoy walks on the beach! 😉 – LaRosa
Riding out a storm in a shelter with that special someone… and then not coming out for a bit extra once the all clear is given. Bow chicka waa waaaaa. – Elliot
What weather-related gift would you like to get for Valentine’s Day instead of chocolates, balloons, etc?
You will never go wrong with weather-themed jewelry for me. I’ve already built up an astronomy-themed collection (like star earrings). I’m ready for a lightning bolt pendant, perhaps? – LaRosa
One of those mini calendars that has a piece of weather trivia for each day. – Wallace
A personal weather station… because it means we’re getting personal. – Elliot
An anemometer for my iPhone. – Carfagno
A space in my yard, prepped for gardening, with flowers & veggies ready to go! – Cass
How would you describe “perfect weather”?
Mid 70s, sunshine and a slight breeze. Oh and it has to be low humidity. I could live in those conditions 24/7. – Wallace
Perfect weather for me is a mix of sun and clouds, 74 degrees, northwest wind 5-15 mph. – Cass
Give me a full-blown snowstorm where I don’t have to go anywhere and can either watch the snow fall out the window with a hot cup of coffee in my hand or suit up and play outside! – LaRosa
Perfect weather for me – south winds, temp 80, dew point 60, few fair weather cumulus clouds. Some cumulus congestus on the seabreeze inland. – Carfagno
Wherever you are with me, it’s perfect enough. – Elliot
What’s the geekiest thing you’ve done because of your love of weather?
Filled out a weather question survey as if I was on a cheesy game show….. – Elliot
Weather producer Ryan Davidson and I ran outside during a commercial break to try that ‘boiling water to snow’ thing. Atlanta was approaching a record low (in the single digits) which doesn’t happen often. It was just cold enough to try and we didn’t want to miss it! We did, however, almost miss our hit on TV (we were doing a show, after all!). Totally worth it and very geeky! – LaRosa
One day at work, there was a severe thunderstorm approaching the Weather Channel headquarters. So a bunch of us went up to the top floor of the building to see the storm move through. We were all gazing out the window like a kid at the airport staring at planes taking off and landing. – Wallace
Pulled the car over, while carpooling my kids and their friends from school, to take pictures and video of sundogs (little mini rainbows on either side of the sun) – Cass
When I visited a North Georgia winery and stopped to snap a picture with their automated weather station! – Carfagno