Lauren Linahan Bio
A couple of weather events stand out in fueling my fascination with meteorology: in 2004, the eye of Tropical Storm Bonnie passed over my hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. My young mind was boggled by how suddenly a torrential downpour and howling winds can usher in serene, clear skies. 10 years later, I was stuck in SnowJam 2014 in Atlanta, a situation where snow and ice had the power to temporarily immobilize a metropolitan city.
Yet my road to weather was not a clear cut one. Though I regularly watched The Weather Channel along with my bowl of breakfast cereal as a child, it never dawned on me that I could ever be a meteorologist; I was always the "artsy" type. However, one fateful day in college, I begrudgingly stepped in to a required lab science class, which happened to be Intro to Weather and Climate. The rest is history.
I grew up in South Georgia, the epicenter of heat and humidity in the Southeast. I received a B.S. in Environmental Geosciences and a B.A. in French from Valdosta State University. I am currently furthering my education in the atmospheric sciences through Mississippi State’s Broadcast Meteorology Program, and will complete my studies in August 2017. In the future, I even hope to pursue my Master's in Meteorology. Yes, I would honestly be content attending school the rest of my life!
During my undergrad, I was a teaching assistant for meteorology courses at Valdosta State. My first job post-graduation was at CNN in Atlanta as a tour guide, which allowed me to meet people from all walks of life from all over the world. While at CNN, I participated in an internship-like environment in their weather department, and also shadowed at WMAZ in Macon.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling with friends and family or sitting down with a good, home-cooked meal to a Netflix marathon. My hobbies include dancing, exercising, and spending time in the Great Outdoors (weather permitting or not). Most importantly, I am on a mission to find the best Mexican food in Dothan.
I have always been a storyteller, and I will be a platform for your voice in the Wiregrass; I am here to serve you through both the seemingly mundane AND severe weather. If you want to chat, find me on Twitter (@LinahanWX) and Facebook (Meteorologist Lauren Linahan) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.