Erica Grow

Meteorologist

Can you tell us a little bit about your job/ what´s and average day look like for you?

¨Everyday is different. Some days I'm at work until after midnight, and on other days, I arrive at work at 2:30 a.m.! The first thing I do when I get to work is go on the Internet and start looking at computer forecast model data. The data shows me how the atmosphere will move and evolve over the next several days. I compare and contrast the different model output against each other, and come up with the most likely conclusion. This conclusion is the weather forecast!¨ ~ Erica Grow

How did you start on your path to a career in STEM and what did that path look like?

¨As you can probably guess, since I always loved science, I definitely knew I wanted to choose a STEM career. I started out at Penn State as a biology major with the intent of becoming a doctor, but I decided during my sophomore year that the medicine route was not for me! Penn State is renowned for its meteorology program, and it was just a perfect fit. Every course seemed to reveal another fantastic weather "how" or "why" that I had always wondered about.¨ ~ Erica Grow
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