Featured Meteorologist Kelly Costa (Reardon)

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Featured Meteorologist Kelly Costa (Reardon)
Kelly Reardon

Kelly was the meteorologist for Cleveland.com, an entirely new position which allowed her to pave her own way. She has a strong science background, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the College of Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. Her education was heavily focused on physics and math to understand better how the weather and climate work, not just simply forecasting it. While at school, she was a student intern with the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Florida.

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Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?

My most memorable weather event was when I was a student intern at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, and Hurricane Arthur pummelled up the east coast. As it was passing our location, it was merely a tropical storm, but being from New Hampshire originally, it was something I’ve never experienced. I was in constant awe from the heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms, and strong winds.

Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?

I’m a skier, so I love a good nor’easter for fresh powder — a nice break from the usual ice you typically experience when skiing in the northeast.
My least favorite would then be very hot, dry weather.


Question 3. If you weren’t a meteorologist what would you most like to be?

I would probably be an engineer. I love physics, math, and science all around, and engineering has a great application for that. I actually almost changed my mind and went to school for engineering instead of meteorology, but I couldn’t get over the excitement of weather.

Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?

I love all four seasons, so I would have to pick somewhere in the northeast. Maybe Vermont. In the fall, it’s a sea of reds, oranges, and yellows. In the winter, it resembles a winter wonderland and a snow globe. Yet, in the summer and spring, temperatures get just warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, but not too hot where it’s uncomfortable.

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