Meteorologist Matt Jones
It was Hurricane Wilma that slammed into the Florida coast that got me hooked on weather. From that point on, I tracked every consecutive hurricane that season. When I moved back to Atlanta that fascination and love for weather continued to grow. However, I believe I was predestined to be a meteorologist long before that.
My grandmother, would tell people she wanted one of her three children, my mother and two uncles, to be a swimmer or a meteorologist. She got neither of the two. However, after she passed away 10 years ago, we still laugh because with her first grandchild she got both. Me.
I started my education at Darton State College on a swimming scholarship in Albany, Georgia. There I developed myself as a leader and an athlete. Leaving Darton, after my sophomore year, I had been an All-American, team captain, student-elected SGA president, and student ambassador.
The next fall I transferred to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina knowing that I wanted to pursue a career in meteorology. In the upcoming years, I would intern and practice at local stations, actively participate in meteorology clubs, and continue swimming through club sports. This was the first place where I found people who were as passionate about the weather as I am. We did it all, from throwing giant snowballs off the science building (I still don’t think the professors know about that to this day) to chasing tornadoes.
I graduated in May of 2016 from North Carolina State University, with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. The day after graduation I moved to Youngstown, Ohio to start my career at WKBN/WYTV.
Being in Youngstown has challenged me from the beginning. For example, forecasting lake effect snow has brought a whole new level of difficulty. I grew up tracking severe storms, hurricanes, and ice events, but now I am broadening my knowledge and experience by tracking snowstorms and lake effect snow. So, as I sharpen my skills on all weather fronts, I look forward to seeing what’s next, where I’ll go and what more I’ll learn. The sky is the limit.