Hi, I'm Sydney! I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where my fascination with hurricanes and severe weather began. Learning how to read the radar to anticipate what was coming during a hurricane lessened my anxiety as the storms approached throughout my life living in Baton Rouge.
I am a first-year Master's student in the Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State University. I graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in Geography with a concentration in Disaster Science and Management in May of 2023. This past summer, I worked as a Student Volunteer at the NWS Baton Rouge/New Orleans Weather Forecast Office, where I experienced and learned operational meteorology. I also worked as a meteorology intern at WAFB-TV throughout my senior year at LSU, where I forecasted for south Louisiana, worked on communicating the weather, and made creative and informative graphics on Max Storm software. I also held a position at Tiger-TV, LSU's student-run news station, where I forecasted and presented the weather forecasts for the Tiger-TV Tailgate and Tuesday Newsbeat show.
I am certified in many FEMA independent study courses, such as Hurricane, Flood, and Tornado Mitigation. I am registered as a disaster cycle services volunteer with the American Red Cross and will serve as a need-basis for large-scale disasters.