Greetings everyone! I am a Roanoke, Virginia native, but my Pennsylvania journey includes previous stops in Mississippi and Texas.
I did my undergraduate work at Roanoke College and proceeded to study meteorology at Mississippi State University. One of the coolest things I ever did as a student was participate in a two-week storm chase on the Great Plains. My group captured 5 tornadoes on our journey which extended from Texas to South Dakota. In 2011, shortly before graduating from MSU, I witnessed some of the worst destruction that Mother Nature could deal. Several towns and cities across Mississippi and Alabama were nearly wiped out as a result of a massive tornado outbreak. I volunteered with the American Red Cross and spoke with countless individuals who went through an absolute nightmare. I could not believe the determination and pure humility of folks who had just lost it all. It was that experience that sealed my desire to become a television meteorologist.
I received my Master’s degree in 2011 and accepted my first on-air job at WXVT in Greenville, MS. After covering sunshine and severe weather in the heart of blues country, I moved to the Lone Star State to forecast that blistering Texas heat, while grabbing some great BBQ. While at KBMT in Beaumont, TX, I not only sweat out those blazing summer afternoons, but also covered numerous flash floods and even a few rare winter storms. Remember that one or two inches of snow in the south is enough to shut everything down. After three years in Erie, I am certainly more accustomed to the snow and cold.
When I’m not forecasting the weather, I’m traveling, cooking or enjoying a local craft beer. Say hi anytime!
David holds the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.