At one point during the storms, WBZ-TV (the CBS affiliate in Boston) asked viewers to send in their snowfall totals. I obliged, and as a middle schooler, was shocked when I heard “Michael from Hingham reports 8″ of snow so far” on a subsequent weathercast. This little recognition propelled me to continue reporting snow totals to the WBZ weather team all winter.
By the Spring of 2004 I realized I had a genuine interest in meteorology, and my parents purchased a full weather station for me. With that, I began documenting the weather daily at my house. I also continued to report the weather in my backyard to the Boston television stations, and to the National Weather Service as a trained SkyWARN weather observer.
While observing the weather was a blast for me, I was ready for a new challenge by the Summer of 2005. That new challenge was to forecast the weather. At first I had no idea how to go about doing that, but with a bit of guidance from meteorologist Todd Gross (then of WHDH-TV) I purchased and read a forecasting book by Peter Chaston. It was dense reading, but I found it fascinating.
By the Fall of 2005 I was ready to forecast for an audience. I launched a website, www.HinghamWeather.com, and began issuing nightly forecasts for Hingham and Greater Boston. News items about my website in local newspapers helped to increase my audience.
My website was, without a doubt, instrumental in my passion for meteorology. I gained invaluable experience through forecasting and reporting the weather daily between 2005 and 2013. The thrill of forecasting a major snow storm, or tracking severe storms, led me to The Pennsylvania State University.
While at Penn State I was active in the Campus Weather Service, both as the Head of Communications and as an on-air meteorologist providing weather forecasts for C-Net, Centre County local access television. I was also an on-air meteorologist and “one man band” reporter for “Weather or Not,” a weather themed show that also appears on C-Net.
My weather forecasts could also be seen live on the Centre County Report, and on Weather World, both of which aired across Pennsylvania on WPSU-TV. I also interned for two years at WCVB-TV with Harvey Leonard.
Off the air, I was the treasurer for the Penn State branch of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology in December 2012 and began working as a meteorologist at FOX44/ABC22 in Burlington, Vermont in April 2013!