Ever since I was a kid, I have been into weather. As a third grader in South Salem, New York, I already knew the Fujita Scale as well as the minimum sustained wind speed for a hurricane. After writing to Al Roker in the fourth grade, I received a wind chill chart which I used to do my first forecast for the school paper.
In 2001, I moved with my family to Northern California. I graduated in June 2011, from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science. While at Davis, I provided biweekly forecasts for both the university paper and radio station.
For 2 years, I interned at KCRA-TV in Sacramento where I created and rendered graphics, using WSI ShowFx. On the third week of my internship, I was responsible for training a new meteorologist on the WSI software as well as the use of a chromakey. I also reported on the December 26-27, 2010 East Coast Blizzard live, via phone, from inside the storm in New York.
In June 2011, right after my graduation, I was hired as a meteorologist at KCRA. In 2012, when KCRA upgraded to WSI TruVu Max, and I built every graphic that we would show on air. In 2013, I earned my AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal. I have been contracted to build graphics and train meteorologists for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
I also storm chase in my free time, and have been on chases both in college and while working at KCRA. My most recent chase was May 18-21, 2013, which overlapped with the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado. It was on this trip that I witnessed my first tornado near the Oklahoma/Kansas border. I also educated Sacramento viewers on severe weather through a live blog where I answered viewer questions while on the road.
Outside of the weather world, I am an avid motorsports fan, following all forms of racing from NASCAR to Formula 1. In 2010, I began racing a Spec [Mazda] Miata, and have since collected several podium finishes in my class. I also have a passion for aviation and flight simulation where I have been active in development for Microsoft's Flight Simulator, creating airport sceneries. In late 2009, after releasing a representation of Sacramento International Airport, my work was featured in Germany's flight simulation magazine, FS Magazin. I helped with KCRA's coverage of the Asiana 777 Crash, providing insight into aircraft operations, and technical documentation for the aircraft.
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