So, Lee, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
My career in meteorology began as a weather observer aboard ship in the U.S. Navy. When my stint was up, I settled in Berkeley, Calif., and found my interest in the natural sciences increasing along with my passion for outdoor recreation. I figured if I continued to study meteorology, I would know before most people when the surf would be up, and I could plan powder ski trips days in advance.
I earned my B.S. in meteorology from San Jose State in 1997. I worked as a weather forecaster in the aviation sector for several years in the Bay Area, but discovered the excitement of broadcasting by helping a friend who was the meteorologist at a San Jose television station. In January 2001, I accepted the job as Chief Meteorologist at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff. A native of Chicago, I grew up in Scottsdale and have two younger brothers who graduated from Northern Arizona University, so I was familiar with Flagstaff and knew it would be a great place to work and raise a family. Since the closing of KNAZ in August of 2008, I have been working mornings as KAFF Radio’s Staff Meteorologist on “The Flag News Show” and evenings as the Meteorologist for “NAZ Today,” a primarily student run newscast broadcasting from NAU and Northern Arizona’s only local television newscast. I also teach a course at NAU called “Extreme Weather.” I also try to keep Northern Arizonans informed of weather forecasts and tidbits through my weather blog on Facebook.
My wife Debbie, our two boys, Seth and Elijah, and I are truly lucky to live in such a majestic area and be part of such a vibrant community in Flagstaff. I love forecasting the weather here in Northern Arizona with its amazing climate and four seasons (none too extreme). We take advantage of the stunning outdoors and open space every chance we get.