Mississippi State University Weather

Student Meteorologists

 

2017-2018 Graduate Students

Brant Beckman

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Since 2005, Brant has been an avid weather enthusiast and storm chaser, having chased dozens of major tornado outbreaks, along with 3 hurricanes; Harvey, Irma, and Nate. After obtaining his undergrad in History, specialization in Byzantine and the Crusades in 2011, Brant followed my love of meteorology to Mississippi State in Summer of 2016. while currently pursuing his masters in broadcast meteorology, Brant has interned with WTVA/WLOV in Tupelo, MS and chased 3 major hurricanes. With his expected graduation date of May of 2018, Brant will be excited to do what I love, and have it matter. You can reach Brant via email at bmb168@msstate.edu

Craig CeeCee

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For most of his life, Craig has had a deep interest in weather. Spending most of his life in Canada means experiencing very cold winters and warm summers with occasional severe storms. He is fascinated with severe weather, including tornadoes.  This developed after several real-life experiences, including the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak while on vacation with family.  His first hand experiences of the devastation and impact on communities has made him want to speak out and forecast the weather to ensure the safety of the community and the public. Craig is a graduate student, focusing his thesis on tornado awareness in motor vehicles, and will graduate in the spring of 2018. You can reach him via e-mail at cc3649@msstate.edu

Alex Herbst

Alex Herbst is a graduate student at MSU, having previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree in meteorology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Alex is originally from North Brunswick, New Jersey, and love the extremes of weather. Wintry weather is where he grew up, experiencing snowstorms, blizzards, and nor’easters regularly. Today, he loves the tropics and tracking hurricanes as they move through the Atlantic Ocean. Outside of class, Alex is also the President of the local American Meteorological Society chapter on campus and teaches labs for the Communication Department. You can follow Alex on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more.

 

Damon Matson

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Damon is a native of the small town of Brockway, Pennsylvania: the varying weather and seasons, from lake effect snow in the winter to severe weather and flash flooding in the summer, is what drew Damon to meteorology. Damon has a BS in Meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania.  In 2015, he was awarded the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which allowed him to conduct weather communications research that summer at NWS New Orleans.  During Damon’s time at Cal U, he was an active member of the Meteorology Club, California University Television (CUTV), and as a brother of the Theta Xi fraternity. When not covering the weather or in class, Damon enjoys travelling, being with family and friends, playing and watching sports, listening to music, and outdoor activities such as snowboarding, fishing, and hiking. He is expected to graduate in May 2018 from Mississippi State with a master’s degree concentrating in broadcast meteorology. You can contact Damon via email at dem308@msstate.edu

2017-2018 Undergraduate Students (Work In Progress)

Matt Breland

Carrigan Chauvin

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Carrigan from Chauvin, LA, a south Louisiana town.  Being from this area made it hard not to develop an interest in weather growing up. Never evacuating, Carrigan experienced every storm that crossed paths with her hometown. However, the community aspect of the weather is really where her heart is…It amazes Carrigan how everyone comes together to help others in a time of need. Besides watching the clouds, you can usually catch Carrigan at the gym or at the park with her puppy Stratus. You can email Carrigan at chauvin.carrigan@gmail.com

 

Joey Curtis

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Joey will always remember the Winter of 2010 in Washington, DC.  They were blanketed with two major blizzards: “Snowpocalypse” and “Snowmageddon”, both dumping up to two feet of snow across the region.  Being from Southern Maryland, this was a rare occurrence!  This experience was the genesis of Joey’s plans and aspirations to be a broadcast meteorologist, and he’s been pursuing that dream ever since.  In the Summer of 2017  Joey completed an internship with WTTG-FOX5 in Washington, DC, which brought me one step closer to the finish line.  Contact me at jmc1545@msstate.edu  .

 

Jordan Darensbourg

Jordan has a BS from Jackson State University and is currently pursuing a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting from Mississippi State University.  He not only works as a Campus Connect Meteorologist, but also writes for the student newspaper, The Reflector. Jordan feels is biggest strength is relating to the viewers and enjoys helping others plan their day.  You can email Jordan at jd1183@msstate.edu

Marshall Downing

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Well hello there!  Marshall loves to share his scientific knowledge with others which has led him down the path to meteorology.  He likes to learn about developments across all fields, from physics to psychology.  When Marshall is not thinking about real world science, he loves to read about fictional science too (especially the Fantastic Four and Flash).  Marshall moved around a lot as a kid, so he has a love of meeting new people, learning what is important to them, and sharing how either science or he might be able to make their lives better.  Education and kindness are central to Marshall. You can email Marshall at md1180@msstate.edu.

Dylan Federico

Dylan came to Mississippi State to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a Broadcast Meteorologist. Dylan, a New Orleans native, became interested in the weather at a very young age, when Hurricane Georges forced his family to evacuate in 1998. His interests only grew when he would watch The Weather Channel instead of cartoons. Dylan’s strong passion in Meteorology is focused in the tropics and severe weather, and even chased Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, and Irma this past year! He wants to use his knowledge and experience to prepare communities and keep them safe for hurricanes and severe weather that could threaten their area.  When Dylan isn’t looking at the weather, you could find him working out at the gym, running at the park, or having fun at a local festival! He also a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints! You can email Dylan at dmf260@msstate.edu 

Spencer Fruge

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Spencer Frugé is a senior at Mississippi State University and is majoring in Broadcast Meteorology. He was born in Metairie, LA and raised in Covington, LA. He is a Campus Connect Meteorologist/Forecaster for MSU. He records multiple weather shows weekly that vary in timing, from a 10 second tease to a 3:30 show. He has written an article for the local MSU campus newspaper, and has recorded hourly weather hits for the local MSU campus news station. Spencer has interned at his local New Orleans news station, WDSU news, for 2 consecutive summers. After graduation, he hopes to work as a TV meteorologist, in a local market.  You can email Spencer at sjf135@msstate.edu

Marcus King

Marcus King is from Hattiesburg Ms. Marcus didn’t realize he had an interest in weather until taking intro to Meteorology his sophomore year, he’s been hooked ever since. In his spare time Marcus doe improv and stand-up comedy. Marcus graduates in May 2018! You can email him at atmk690@msstate.edu 

Victoria Kokinos

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Victoria’s passion for weather first started as a fear of thunderstorms. When she was younger, the city where Victoria lived was hit by a tornado which led her to fear a tornado with every thunderstorm. As Victoria grew up, this fear turned to curiosity, she wanted to learn how severe weather occurred and when she could expect it. While being on television in the future, Victoria hopes to also educate viewers as well. Other than weather, Victoria enjoy reading mystery novels, running, baking and is also an avid volunteer in her hometown of Dacula, Georgia. You can email Victoria at vak46@msstate.edu

Beth Finello

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Beth Finello is not stranger to moving to pursue her dreams, as she moved from Clifton, New Jersey, her hometown, to attend Mississippi State.  Her cross-country move taught her to learn a new town, new geography and engage with a new community, which gives her an edge when the times comes to move for a new job.  Beth has a fascination with clouds, especially as storms roll in and also thoroughly enjoys watching and learning from other professionals in the field.  Beth will graduate with a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast Meteorology in May 2018.  You can email her at bethfinello719@gmail.com.

Christana Kay

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Christant is a native of Georgia. While at Mississippi State, she has been heavily involved on campus and in the community. Christana serves as the Color Guard Captain and a clarinetist for the Famous Maroon Band as well as the President for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Over the past two years, she has interned at Fox 5 in Atlanta and was the Weekend Morning Meteorologist at WJTV-12 in Jackson, MS. After graduating in May 2018, Christana plans to attend graduate school at Mississippi State, researching the relationship with coastal environments, hurricanes, and humans. You can email Christana at ckl79@msstate.edu

 

Alec Mau

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Alec has had a passion for studying weather ever since he was young. From metro Atlanta, he grew up watching some of the nation’s best severe weather coverage by meteorologists who inspired him to pursue a career in broadcasting.  Alec interned with the Fox 5 Storm Team in the summer of 2017 in Atlanta and in October he joined WJTV-12 in Jackson, Mississippi as the weekend morning meteorologist.  Outside of work and school, he is captain of the MSU club swim team. Alec loves swimming, eating good food and you’ll never catch him without his morning cup of joe! You can email Alec at asm335@msstate.edu 

 

Trey Moore

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Trey Moore is a meteorology student at Mississippi State University. He is currently a senior  and is a member of the Famous Maroon Band. He is a part Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, where he serves as the jurisdiction chair. He loves meteorology and currently is studying how heat affects dogs at daycares and dog parks. He collected temperature data and provided forecasts to a dog daycare in Pelham, Alabama this past summer. You can email Trey at wcm197@msstate.edu 

 

Gabrielle Espinosa

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Gabrielle Espinosa is from New Orleans, LA where she has been affected by hurricanes her entire life.  She lost her home in Katrina in 2005 and has ever since been interested in the weather.  For the previous two summers she has shadowed WWLTV Chief Meteorologist, Carl Arredondo, in New Orleans.  In addition, she has interned with Terrebonne Parish President, Gordon Dove, during the summer of 2016. She also interned with the Director of the Terrebonne Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Earl Eues during the summer of 2017.  She is dedicated to helping keep people safe during times of inclement weather. You can email Gabrielle at gespinosawx@gmail.com

Chris Ramirez

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Chris was born and raised in Houston, TX. He became interested in meteorology and earth science when his family was affected by Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.  Chris attended Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and earned a degree in environmental science with a concentration in policy and regulations. While he was there, Chris was offered the Mickey Leland environmental internship with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality where he assisted on environmental investigations at the Corpus Christi office. Chris decided to come to MSU to pursue his true passion, meteorology. After his first year at MSU, Chris was blessed with an internship with KTRK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Houston, working with chief meteorologist Tim Heller. Chris graduates May of 2018! You can email him at crr384@msstate.edu

 

Reggie Roakes

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Reggie’s hometown is Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he currently works as the weekend meteorologist at WVUA 23 News. When Reggie is not busy working or attending school, he love to enjoy the great outdoors by hiking, running, kayaking, and skiing. It is his love of being outdoors that exposed him to many different weather phenomena, sparking his interest in the weather.  This coupled with his experience during the April 27th tornado (passing just miles north of his home) drove him to attend Mississippi State University to study weather. Reggie would like to land somewhere that has lots of mountains. You can email Reggie at rkr105@msstate.edu.

 

Emily Kaye

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Emily grew up in northern Virginia so she was able to see my fair share of interesting weather, but the event that really got Emily interested in pursuing a meteorological career was Hurricane Isabel. The hurricane swept through the area when she was roughly six years old. The power of the storm captivated Emily and she knew then that she wanted to be a meteorologist. Emily worked hard to make that dream a reality. When Emily is not doing a weather-related activity, she active with her sorority, Zeta tau Alpha. Emily will be graduating from Mississippi State University in the spring of 2018.  You can email Emily at eks150@msstate.edu

 

Hannah Paige

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 Hannah Paige is from Brighton, IL. Born and raised in the Midwest, she has had the opportunity to experience weather in all forms. When Hannah is not creating graphics or recording on the green screen, her free time is spent outdoors with family and friends. Hannah has always been an avid softball player and STL sports fan. Traveling across the country for games and family trips, allowed her to witness first hand just how much weather effects everyday life. The most rewarding part of being a meteorologist is getting to help inform and share her passion for weather, with others one forecast at a time. You can email Hannah at hpw30@msstate.edu