Introducing Our Staff, Part 10
Our next featured meteorologist, Ken Elliott, started full time at WeatherWorks in November of 2006. Ken graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2005 with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. Ken is a jack of all trades as he helps in Forensics, Long Range, Graphics, IT and developing new products for clients. Ken’s main area of forecasting is for the Northeast and Midwest, especially focusing on the Hudson Valley area and NYC/Long Island. I spoke with Ken and asked him a few general questions:
1. Q: What sparked your interest in meteorology?
A: I always loved the snow as a kid and beginning around age 5 I knew that I wanted to become a meteorologist. I had some adversity that drove me too with many people saying I should change my major, but I always knew that I wanted to be a meteorologist and worked hard to reach my goal.
2. Q: What has been your most memorable experience here at WeatherWorks?
A: Easily Superstorm Sandy. The magnitude of the area it affected and how there were so many locations that saw different impacts (snow, flooding, wind damage) was incredible. Also, the hype behind the storm and how some people didn’t believe it could actually happen. The devestation from Sandy really sunk in when I saw pictures of a flooded Hoboken PATH terminal.
3. Q: What other hobbies or sports do you enjoy in your free time?
A: I am a huge baseball fan and always follow my beloved Mets, no matter how bad they perform. I also like to do digital photography and read John Grisham novels. I'd like to say I am a U.S History buff, as I really enjoy reading and visiting landmarks dealing with the colonial and revolutionary period.
4. Q: After a busy day, what is your favorite way to unwind and “forget about the weather” for a while?
A: I usually go home and feast on chicken wings and rootbeer floats… then sleep.
5. Q: Do you have any suggestion to those who are aspiring to become a meteorologist?
A: Do not be discouraged by the small things that happen along the way, keeping perspective on the bigger things matters most. If you truly love weather, you will succeed in the end. Also, never be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions, and learn as much as you can in the intensive meteorology courses.