Professional protocol does not allow WRC/NBC4 meteorologist Amelia Segal to pay special attention to the weather in her native Frederick County.
“All counties are created equal when it comes to weather,” Segal said. “The first priority is relaying any severe weather, so coverage begins there.
"But since I have so many friends and family members there, I’ll absolutely be paying attention to the weather in Frederick.”
A 2004 Middletown High School graduate, Segal is the Washington TV station's newest meteorologist. She started working there about a month ago.
The daughter of Mari and Dave Segal, of Middletown, Segal has had some unforgettable experiences in the line of duty, including a season with more than 145 inches of snow in Erie, Pa., during her first job out of college, and four tornadoes in one afternoon in Buffalo, N.Y.
Growing up in Frederick County, she had never experienced a winter that averages about 100 inches of snow like Erie, Segal said, and her first winter there was the second snowiest on record.
“Almost every day or every other day it would be snowing, sometimes just 1 inch, and sometimes closer to 10 inches would fall,” Segal said.
“It was incredible to be forecasting so many snowfall events. ... I realized that not only is severe weather coverage essential, but disruptive weather coverage, too.”
Segal’s strongest subject in school was math, but she also enjoyed science, communication and public speaking.
“Meteorology encompassed all of those passions and seemed like it would be a good fit,” she said. “I went to Penn State for meteorology and could not imagine what else I would do today.”
She plans to stay put in Washington, she said.
“Working in D.C. has been my dream and goal. ... WRC is a fabulous place to work, and my co-workers have been so welcoming. There is a very professional and positive environment here with a strong emphasis on weather that I hope to be a part of for a long time.”
Having a job closer to home also allows Segal to see family and friends more often. That makes her parents happy, Dave Segal said.
“After five years away from this area, we didn’t know where her next job would take her, and we’re really excited about her being so close to home."
His daughter was always motivated and driven, always had a goal and a plan, Dave Segal said.
He once told his daughter she was lucky, he said, and she sent him this from a fortune cookie: “Luck is the intersection of hard work and opportunity.”
Weather forecasting has improved over the years, Segal said, and that will continue as technology gets better.
“Half the battle of an accurate forecast is good communication," she said. "Making sure to emphasize exactly what the weather story is, as well as convey any uncertainties in the forecast is key, so everyone watching and listening picks up on the important points.”
Segal’s favorite weather quote is from the musical “My Fair Lady”: “Henry, I suggest you stick to two topics: the weather and your health."
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