John Smith, KRQE News 13
I was 4-years-old when Hurricane Hugo hit my home state of South Carolina. It was from that point that my interest in weather started. This interest was further fueled by a series of hurricanes impacting the Carolina coast in the mid 1990s. Though New Mexico is not prone to direct hits from hurricanes, I am exited to face the many challenges of forecasting the weather in the southwest, from blizzard conditions, to severe weather and triple digit heat!
I received a B.S. in Physics from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. During my time at Francis Marion, my career in television began at WPDE-TV 15 in Myrtle Beach, SC as a weather intern. I then moved to Florida to obtain a M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University. I am a member of the American Meteorological Society and while in Tallahassee served as secretary for the nationally recognized North Florida Chapter of the A.M.S. I have also conducted research on snowfall and written a thesis on new methods for detecting snowfall using satellites.