At the start of 2018, Candyse Arivett, a storm chaser from Indiana created Woman of Weather as a place where female meteorologists, chasers/spotters, weather photographers and enthusiasts can meet new friends, encourage each other, learn and share their love of weather with each other. Since the group was created there are over 470 members from all over, and it continues to grow. We also hope to inspire the next generation of female weather lovers!
Photo of the Week
Photo of the week for Sept. 9th by Madison Halie LaDuke
Meet Melissa Marcelloni
I became interested in weather as a young child. I used to watch Harold Taft on Channel 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth when I was a child and watching him got me interested in weather. My dad took me to the top of the hill in our neighborhood when I was around 7 and I saw my first tornado. I also was at Mayfest at Fort Worth in 1995 when a storm dropped massive grapefruit-sized hailstones on an outdoor festival. Luckily we made it to our car in-time and I wasn’t injured, but I was completely fascinated by the storm’s ability to produce those mighty balls of ice. I went to the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in meteorology. After I finished school I worked as a meteorologist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina, where the US archives all of its weather data. I looked at a lot of old records, going as far back as the mid-1800’s! I then took a career break to raise my kids. I’ve just gotten a job offer from an insurance company. I’m hoping to one day get into something weather-related with that company. I never really felt like I was at a disadvantage being a female in a male-dominated field. My colleagues have always been kind and respectful towards me. However, I have never worked in broadcast meteorology. I have heard some horror stories from women who have worked in that field. I know one lady who has naturally curly hair like I do, and was not allowed to wear her hair curly on TV. I don’t think that station was making similar dictations towards their male broadcasters. I would say I have two fond moments of being in the weather community that come to mind; I loved when the OU School of Meteorology was at Sarkey’s before they built the National Weather Centre. Everyone would always hang out and study in the map room, and I made some really good friends there. I also love being on the road storm chasing, and running into old friends I haven’t seen in years! I hear some people complain about chaser convergence, but I personally love it! I haven’t chased, though, in a while, so I am not sure if anyone who has been around for a while would still remember me. To a young girl, I would tell her to never stop learning about and exploring that passion. And I would also tell her that if she wants to become a meteorologist one day, to really work hard at math, because the coursework is very intensely mathematical. Learning how to code is especially helpful too these days; I wish I had learned more of that before going to University.