Q & A with this week’s StormHour Featured Meteorologist – Aaron Morrison from Cloumbia, MO.
Aaron Morrison. Columbia, MO.
Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
I’ve always had a passion for weather and several events stand out to me, when it comes to the power of Mother Nature. The biggest impact any weather event had on me was Hurricane Katrina. I wasn’t born in Mississippi, but lived 25 years of my life there. I remember the day like it was yesterday as the storm rushed onshore and brought hurricane force winds over 100 miles inland. The power of the storm, the rebuilding efforts, and the strength of the community showed me that no matter what, when we stand together we can overcome anything.
Hurricane Katrina from NOAA Geostationary Satellite
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I absolutely love the summer. There’s nothing more enjoyable than stepping outside in the heat and soaking up the sun. As an avid lover of summer, of course my least favorite type of weather would have to be anything where the thermometer drops below 70 degrees. I have never been a fan of snow and don’t think I ever will be.
Question 3. If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
If I wasn’t a meteorologist, I would pursue my other passion of cooking. I have always loved cooking and the art of it. Prior to attending Mississippi State University for Meteorology, I attended Culinary Schools and learned many trades that I still use to this day.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
Hands down Florida (where I was born). I have and will always love to study hurricanes. The impacts they can have and the strength that is stored up within them amazes me.
Question 5. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Aaron joined ABC 17 News team in April 2016. He was born in Pensacola, Florida and lived there until Hurricane Andrew forced him to move to a small town in Mississippi of less than 4000 people. Prior to ABC 17 News he worked at his home station, WTOK-TV out of Meridian, Mississippi, as a weekend meteorologist and reporter. Aaron obtained his broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University, where he was active in the NWA/AMS club on campus, as well as the Vice President of Finance at his local Farmhouse Fraternity chapter. Aaron has experience covering severe weather, as Mississippi is heart of Dixie Alley. Throughout the years, Aaron has experienced countless impacts from Mother Nature. The storm of the century in 1993 that dumped several inches of snowfall in Mississippi was one of them. He was impacted by a tornado that ripped through his hometown in December 2001. His greatest experiences comes from the April 2011 tornado outbreak and Hurricane Katrina, as the eye of the hurricane went right over his house. It was these events that lead Aaron to obtain his degree from Mississippi State. Prior to Mississippi State, he spent a short stint at culinary school, where he learned to fine tune his cooking skills. He is excited to be in the Midwest and looking forward to the challenges that the weather has to offer here. When Aaron is not forecasting, he enjoys cheering on his Mississippi State Bulldogs or Atlanta Braves, spending time with friends, Netflix, or collecting Harry Potter memorabilia.
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