It's always fascinating to see how people get there start, especially when it's a fascinating job. I had the honor of speaking to the lovely and talented meteorologist Amy Freeze of ABC New York’s Eyewitness News how she came about becoming a meteoroligst in the the biggest TV market in the
United States.Sometimes the best way to figure out
how to get to where you want to be is to see how other people did it. Here’s
what Amy had to say:
Q. What sparked you to think, “I want to be a meteorologist?”
Amy Freeze: In college I studied print journalism. I did a lot of work with foreign policy. I did a study abroad in
. I studied in South Africa . I was very interested in what was
happening with the European Union. Germany
I wrote some poems. but I ended up writing for a television station, that happened up in
. When I got up to the newsroom there
was an opportunity to start doing weather at the state universtiy, and they
chose me to do it because of my name. They
were like, you know, your name is Freeze so you should do this and it
got the ball rolling. Then I had to further my education in it. Portland Oregon
Q: You already had a college degree and were highly educated, but this was a lot of math, right?
Amy Freeze: Definitely. Math and physics play a big role in meteorology and even when you're in the job you have to constantly understand those things.
Amy Freeze: Yes. Starting with local news, like 25 or 30 years ago they would use radio broadcasters, someone who was a a good communicator, maybe funny, even actors, and that has kinda what a TV weatherman was like. That lingered to some degree in some stations, but right now the trend is to have trained meteorologists on staff, and what that means basically is a bachelors of science degree in meteorology or some sort of accredidation either from the American Meteorological Society or the National Weather Association. Those credentials are based on peer review and also testing.
Q: So you're in the Big Apple, do the smaller city stations also need meteorologists?
Amy Freeze: Absolutely. Television stations across the country need meteorologists that are educated, so they can forecast weather in a variety of different climates. I've actually lived in 8 states as an adult from the West coast to the East coast and every place in between. I grew up in
Southern Indiana so lots of weather and tornadoes there but I've done everything
from ice storms in to monster snow in Portland Oregon to hurricanes in Denver Colorado .
And up in Philadelphia I had an incredible four years and we had every kind of weather there you
could imagine Chicago
Q: What kind of weather system or phenomena fascinates you the most?
Amy Freeze: I think my best skills are probably in radar forecasting which is small micro thunderstorms, single cell thunderstorms and whether they'll become tornadic or not. That's probably what I am best at because for a long period of time I used radar. But I also love snowstorms because in snowstorms the most important thing is people wondering “How much snow am I going to get and where?” And the way we do that is by forecasting something called liquid to snow ratio. We look at how much water is in the storm and there we have to turn that into a number of inches. We take into consideration temperatures in deifferent elevations of the atmosphere. There are definitely challeges in figuring this out and also how much snow will go where. l
Amy Freeze: I would say a bachelor of science in meteorology. And you must have a good ability to communicate, be a good storyteller, a good writer and stay on top of current events.
Q: So, if you are a young woman (or man) studying meteorology would you say it's not an impossible feel to break into anymore?
Amy Freeze: No it's not impossible field but you have to prepare yourself and be in the right place because it's most of the time it's about an available cast spot. There's a lot of people vying for the same spot and they're all talented and educated. And regards to the other people that are sitting at the news desk there may be a certain image that they are looking for. Just research it and do what you need to!
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