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 my 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, which is still growing today.
My website has without a doubt been instrumental in my passion for meteorology. I have gained invaluable experience through forecasting and reporting the weather daily since 2005. 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.
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 FOX 44/ABC 22 in Burlington, Vermont in April!