I’m really excited to begin working with the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Team and the rest of the WANE family!
Believe it or not, this is my first time in the Hoosier State. I grew up in the small western Pennsylvania town of Blairsville (about an hour east of Pittsburgh) and knew from a young age that my career would involve weather.
After continuously watching The Weather Channel and spending spare time reading up on thunderstorms, hurricanes, and snowstorms, I decided to attend a college with reputation for weather and Penn State was the perfect fit for me. While at Penn State, I was actively involved in an organization called Campus Weather Service, which is actually the largest student-run forecasting club in the world. This club not only gave me valuable forecasting experience, it helped me realize my true passion for broadcast meteorology through website updates and TV weathercasts. I was also actively involved in a few shows created by the Penn State Department of Meteorology (“Weather Or Not” and “Weather World”).
After graduating from Penn State with my degree in meteorology in May of 2011, I took a job as a meteorologist at WABI-TV5 in Bangor, Maine. While living in Maine, I got the chance to forecast hurricanes, snowstorms, and blizzards. Being a person who loves the extremes, I absolutely loved snowstorms that would produce over 2 feet of snow or temperatures that would drop down to -15° (with wind chills easily 40 below zero). With a brutal as the winter months can be for snow-haters in Northern New England, the summers in Maine easily made up for it. Comfortable temperatures and (often) low dewpoints are why so many choose to vacation in the Pine Tree State, especially in Acadia National Park and the nearby town of Bar Harbor.
I chose to take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor adventure in Maine, often hiking remote, wooded trails on my days off. My most memorable hike was climbing Mt. Katahdin, which is the tallest mountain in Maine and just so happens to be the terminus of the Appalachian Trail. This hike was easily one of the toughest things I’ve ever done – it’s a full-day hike that tested physical and emotional strength and endurance. Climbing over boulders, coming face-to-face with steep dropoffs, and exhaustion are just some of things you deal with during this hike. BUT, it was a life-changing experience and I definitely want to do it again!
My time at WABI also gave me the chance to do some exploring and take the viewers of Eastern and Central Maine along with me in a segment called “Roaming Rob.” In these segments, I got the chance to go whitewater rafting, ziplining, exploring waterfalls, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and more. I had a lot of fun getting out of the studio and experiencing Maine weather firsthand!
I’m really looking forward to forecasting the variety of weather patterns northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio experience. I can’t wait to have some fun on the weekend morning shows, go storm-chasing, and do a little exploring – perhaps “Roaming Rob” will make a comeback?
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