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Paul Knight

Paul Knight is a founding member of the Penn State Weather Communications Group. He along with Fred Gadomski designed the format and content of Weather World in 1983 and have been the hosts and producers of the show since then. Paul began his academic career at New York University looking for a dual degree in meteorology and oceanography, but came to Penn State in 1973 and has never left. He earned his BS and MS in meteorology in the mid 1970's, worked for a few years at AccuWeather and then returned to Penn State in 1983. In 1986, he, Fred and Lee began composing the daily weather page for the New York Times (which ended in 2010). In 1994, Paul was named the Pennsylvania State Climatologist and was elected as the president of the American Association of State Climatologists from 2006-2008. He has held the AMS TV Seal of Approval since 1980 and was recently awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the AMS. Paul also holds the NWA TV Seal and is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. In 2000, Paul was made manager of the Penn State Weather Communications Group. He and Fred received the Broadcaster of the Year Award from the AMS and The Pennsylvania Radio and Television Broadcasters Association in 2003. Paul was inducted into the Meteorologists Hall of Fame on Ground Hog Day 2010.  
 
   

Fred Gadomski

Fred Gadomski is originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts and has been with Weather World since 1980. He has a bachelors degree from Lowell University and a master's degree from Penn State University in the field of meteorology. For years, he was a senior forecaster for the New York Times.  He is currently an instructor of meteorology at Penn State.

Fred is a founding member of The Weather Communications Group and has been on the American Meteorological Society's Board of Broadcasting. He has made appearances on such television shows as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Newton's Apple. Fred also enjoys politics. Fred was inducted into the Meteorologists Hall of Fame in 2012.

 
   
   

Jon Nese

Jon Nese is a native of Steubenville, Ohio, and was a regular on Weather World from 1989 to 1998. During that time, he was a faculty member at the Beaver, University Park, and Hazleton Campuses, where he taught meteorology, earth sciences, and mathematics courses. From 1998 to 2002, he was chief meteorologist at the historic Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. From 2002 to 2005, he was an on-air storm analyst at The Weather Channel. Jon has now joined the faculty of the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

Jon has authored two books: The Philadelphia Area Weather Book (with Philadelphia television meteorologist and PSU alum Glenn Schwartz), and a college-level introductory textbook A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology (with Penn State meteorologist Lee Grenci), now in its sixth edition. Jon produces the very popular WXYZ (weatherwise) segment on Weather World each Wednesday. In his spare time, Jon enjoys attending Penn State sporting events and coaching youth basketball and soccer.

 
   

Marisa Ferger

Hurricane Gloria was the event that turned Marisa Ferger into an official "weather weenie". The storm forced her hometown of Bayville, NY to be evacuated and sparked her interest in meteorology. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Marisa worked as an on-air meteorologist and reporter at WPBN in Traverse City, MI and KOKH in Oklahoma City. Before joining the Weather Communications Group in July of 2002, Marisa worked in television and radio in State College, PA.

Marisa enjoys spending time with her husband Paul (who is also a meteorologist) and sons Nolan and Shane, playing with her dogs, hiking, cooking, and reading.

 
   
   

Bill Syrett

Bill Syrett was born in Bristol, CT and has been fascinated by weather that most people consider "bad" since he was 5 years old. He was pleased and surprised to find lots of other "weather weenies" when he came to Penn State in 1980. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and was then hired by Penn State as a research assistant, again in meteorology. In 1995 he began his tenure as the manager of Penn State's University Park weather observatory. He teaches several meteorology courses and enjoys contact with his students and all others with an interest in the weather. He is married and has two teenagers, with only his son showing the slightest interest in the weather! He's been a forecaster on Weather World since 2001.
 
   

Steve Seman

Steve Seman joined the Weather World team in May of 2003, making his first appearance the day before he graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology. In addition to his appearances on Weather World, Steve teaches several online meteorology courses in Penn State's Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting program.

Steve's main meteorological interests are synoptic and mesoscale forecasting, and of course, weather communications. During his college years, he interned at WLIO NBC 35 in Lima, Ohio and WTVG 13 ABC in Toledo, Ohio. He was fortunate enough to appear on-air several times in Lima, doing short weather segments during NBC's weekend Today.

Growing up in Findlay, Ohio, Steve developed an intense interest in severe thunderstorms, as they are a great demonstration of nature's awesome power. When he's not looking at the sky, or his computer, Steve loves watching Cincinnati Reds baseball, Penn State football, and playing sports. He also enjoys music and relaxing with friends and family. Steve would like to thank everyone who tunes in to Weather World every night. Listen up Weather Nation, Some of his colleagues think he is a dead-ringer as the weatherman version of Stephen Colbert!

 
   
   

Ray Ban

Raymond J. Ban is retired Executive Vice President of Programming and Meteorology at The Weather Channel, Inc. He is currently Consultant, Weather Industry and Government Partnerships and is responsible for growing TWC relationships with the atmospheric science community across the entire weather and climate enterprise. In addition, he is a guest lecturer in the Meteorology Department at Penn State University where he teaches a month per semester in the Weather Communications Program. Ray has been with The Weather Channel for over 28 years and is considered one of the founders of TWC having served as an On-Camera Meteorologist at the launch of the network. In the industry, Ray has been an active member of the AMS for more than 35 years and holds both the Television and Radio Seals of Approval from the Society. Previously Ray was the Commissioner on Professional Affairs for the AMS for six years, served as Councilor for three years and is now serving on the Steering Committee of the AMS Commission on The Weather and Climate Enterprise. He is an Alumni Fellow of Penn State University, the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association, a Centennial Fellow of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has served on the Board of Atmospheric Science and Climate of the National Academy of Sciences, and has also served as President of the Alumni Board of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. Currently, among other committee positions, he is Chair of the NOAA Science Advisory Board and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Environmental Education Foundation. Prior to joining TWC in 1982, Ray worked as an operational weather forecaster at Accu-Weather, Inc., from 1973 to 1982. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in meteorology.

 

Jase Bernhardt
(Graduate Student)

Hailing from the frozen tundra of Upstate New York, Jase Bernhardt grew up a stereotypical “weather weenie,” turning away from the Weather Channel only to run outside and check the latest snowfall amounts or other observations. Countless East Coast Winter Storms were what really piqued Jase’s interest in weather, although he has found them somewhat less exciting since acquiring his car and driver’s license. In addition to snowstorms, Jase enjoyed keeping tabs on the wide variety of weather phenomena to impact the Northeast during his youth, including severe thunderstorms and heat waves. After this childhood of constantly watching the weather, Jase knew he wanted to study meteorology in college, and earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Science at Cornell University, while also honing his broadcasting skills as a sportscaster on campus radio station WVBR. Growing tired of derivations and triple integrals, he decided to switch gears for graduate school to focus more on his interests in longer term climate and its impact on society. Jase is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Geography at Penn State, where his research focuses on the climatology of jet contrails and their impacts on diurnal temperature range. When not searching the sky for contrails, or staring at weather forecast models, Jase enjoys playing and watching sports (unfortunately as a New York Mets fan), playing the keyboard, and going on road trips.

 
   

Dan Tomaso
(Graduate Student)

Dan has pursued his love for weather by studying meteorology at Penn State University as an undergraduate/graduate student. During his career, he has been actively involved in the Campus Weather Service, serving as President and Vice President on the Executive Council. He has also led the Campus Weather Service's severe weather team, which informs clients across central Pennsylvania with up to the minute severe weather information. Besides taking the necessary undergraduate and graduate level classes in meteorology, Dan was a student teacher for a class that studies the computer applications of meteorology. His research interests include creating a hydrographic climatology and studying nutrient and chemical budgets for the east coast of the United States. Starting in August 2009, Dan began working on the abc27 Saturday and Sunday Morning shows with James Crummel. Dan enjoys working with the weekend morning crew and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the news station he grew up with. Dan is excited to work with the weather communications group here at Penn State and looks forward to forecasting and broadcasting for Weather World.

 

Chris Melhauser
(Graduate Student)

Christopher joined the Weather World team in January of 2010 and is a native of Greeley, CO (50 miles northeast of Denver). Christopher has always had a fascination with the weather developed from an early age of anticipating the next big snow storm and the possibility it would close school (sadly it only happened twice in his 23 year stent in CO). Colorado weather is always so hard to predict, which motivated Christopher to learn the inner workings of weather prediction. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering (minors in economics and atmospheric sciences) from the University of Colorado in Boulder and proceeded to pursue a M.S. in meteorology at Penn State. During his year and a half in State College, Christopher has had the opportunity to TA a multitude of classes, be a participant in the VORTEX 2 field project, and complete research in the predictability and forecasting of severe storms. He has also been able to get involved in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Graduate Student Council (social chair) and Department of Meteorology Graduate Association (new graduate student orientation chair). When Christopher is not in the studio or doing research, he enjoys running, skiing, and traveling whenever possible. After completing his M.S, Christopher is planning on either pursuing his PhD or finding a job in risk management.
 
   
   
   
 

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