He has also been involved in hurricane research with Dr. Dave Bush and Appalachian climate reconstruction with Dr. Georgina DeWeese, both of the Department of Geosciences. Andrew plans to pursue an advanced degree in Meteorology after completing his bachelor’s degree at UWG. Read more about Andrew's internship and his experience in Geosciences at UWG below.
My interest in meteorology started after watching the movie Twister. I wanted to be the guy filming the storm as it was happening. After being accepted to the University of West Georgia, I wondered how I would get on path to that sort of career at a school without a meteorology degree. Scrolling through the list of majors I came across the Geography major and said to myself, “Well, if I want to be a meteorologist, learning about where things are would help.” I did not realize at the time how much more there is to geography. As a major specializing in Physical Geography I have learned about weather systems, climate change, and how important topography (mountains!) is to both of those. When I told Dr. DeWeese about my goal of becoming a meteorologist, she found an open internship at CNN as a weather producer. I applied for the opening and got it. Talk about a confidence builder! Working with weather anchors and reporters such as Chad Myers, Rob Marciano, and Reynolds Wolf confirmed that for me no other career would be better than one in meteorology. After the CNN internship I hoped to find another one, but this time I wanted to work with weather my whole shift. About a year later, I applied to The Weather Channel as an “operational weather graphics” producer (OWG). The OWG’s job is to decide what are the most important aspects of the day’s weather and to create maps, graphs, and animations that will help viewers understand how those weather phenomena will affect them. This fall I am interning as an OWG for 22 hours a week and it could not get any better. I am working with Dr. Steve Lyons, Dr. Greg Forbes, Jim Cantore, Paul Goodloe, Adam Berg, and other on-camera meteorologists. The adrenaline rush I feel when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning is priceless, and having access to the most high-tech weather radar and equipment is exhilarating. I can definitively say that my experiences as a Geography major in the Department of Geosciences and as an intern for CNN and The Weather Channel have changed my perspective of the world.