As a transplant from New York I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to pursue my career in southwest Ohio. Soon after arriving here, I quickly realized how special the Dayton area is and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
In 2005, I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology. Soon after graduation, I went to work as a meteorologist for CNN Headline News Radio in Newburgh, New York. In 2011, I made my jump to television as the weekend meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News. My forecasts were aired in New Jersey and across Long Island, New York. I also had the pleasure of broadcasting the weather for Yankees games on the YES Network. I joined the Storm Center 7 team in September of 2012, and by November of 2018, I was promoted to Chief Meteorologist.
I have worked all types of weather events over the years, including hurricanes, snowstorms and tornadoes. One of the biggest and most memorable was the Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak of 2019. I tracked 15 tornadoes through the Miami Valley, including three EF3’s and one EF4. The largest twister came right through our main counties and the Dayton city limits. I learned so much from that experience, including the true importance and value of my job--to keep the public safe, out of harm's way.
Some of my personal achievements include being awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society, and I currently hold a seat on the AMS Station Scientist committee. I’m also honored to have placed first in the Ohio Regional APME Awards for ‘Best Weathercast’, and to be awarded the 2016 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award for the category for Weather.
When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband, daughter, family, and friends. And if it’s football season, you can find me sitting on the couch with my chips and dip watching the game!
The Miami Valley has seen some strong tornadoes throughout history, but more times than not the typical tornado in the region tends to be EF0 to EF1, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.