In 1997, Hurricane Danny inspired Dan to study meteorology when the storm caught his attention due to the name. As a native of Harrisburg, he watched the local weather for fun and learned as much as he could from evening newscasts on ABC27 with the StormTrack Team.
Dan first began communicating his weather knowledge over a closed circuit television channel entitled the “Royal News Network” at Saint Catherine Laboure School during his seventh and eighth grade years. In 2003, a special broadcast on this channel featured Chuck Rhodes as a guest co-anchor, who further inspired Dan to pursue the study of meteorology. Dan was offered a part-time meteorology position at ABC27 in August 2009 and has worked at the station ever since.
Before starting full-time at ABC27, Dan studied meteorology at Penn State University from August 2008 to March 2015 in the Bachelors, Masters, and PhD programs working for Dr. Raymond G. Najjar. During his time as a Penn State student he would work at ABC27 mainly on weekends and during school breaks. In August 2013, Dan completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in meteorology through the prestigious Penn State Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program. He was accepted into this program in the spring of 2011 and worked with Dr. Najjar on his thesis research titled, “Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the Upper Delaware Estuary Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Budgets”. This work is now part of a published manuscript in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Dan stepped away from Penn State in March 2015 to pursue his dream job in broadcast meteorology at ABC27 with a full-time on-air position. While his PhD dissertation remains unfinished, he realized that his passion for forecasting and broadcasting in his hometown was the direction he needed to go for his career. He continues to maintain strong working connections with friends and colleagues at Penn State who had a huge influence in the start of his career.
You can see Dan’s latest forecast every weekend evening live during ABC27 News at 6 PM and 11 PM each Saturday and Sunday! Dan also enjoys participating and volunteering in local events, so stop by and say hello if you see him outside of the station!
The warmth of the summer bled into the first half of October, only to be undone by colder air for the remainder of the month. Meanwhile, the very wet weather has seen no immediate end. Could these be signs of things to come this winter?