It’s 2:30 a.m. and you have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. But while you’re busy catching up on your Z’s, Fox 19 meteorologist Katy Morgan is walking into the station to start her work day.
"A lot of people don’t understand how difficult it is [being a meteorologist], and a lot of times, too, with the broadcast aspect, people don’t understand that meteorologists actually put together forecasts every day," Morgan says. "So I come into work, I look at models and data and put together a forecast that morning before going on the air."
So long before the sun’s even thinking about coming up, the self-proclaimed "engineer of the atmosphere" is hard at work to bring you the most accurate weather forecast. "I have coffee in one hand and the mouse to the computer in the other, and I sit there and I’ll look through upper air charts," Morgan says. "I’ll look at surface data, satellite radar data to get an idea of what’s going on, and then I start with the top layers of the atmosphere and work my way down."
Morgan just started her work with Fox 19 in December, and she brings a wealth of weather experience to Cincinnati. Morgan landed her first job as a meteorologist in Topeka, Kan. As a Missouri Tigers fan, Morgan’s friends weren’t thrilled she was "going to the dark side," (as if a diehard Ohio Buckeyes fan were moving into the den of the Michigan Wolverines), Morgan says. "As far as weather goes, Kansas, of course, is primetime tornado-chasing, severe weather forecasting type weather, so it was really a great opportunity," Morgan says.
After two years of tornado and thunderstorm forecasts, Morgan decided to shake things up a bit with a job in hurricane-prone Myrtle Beach, S.C. "I decided to broaden my horizon a bit," Morgan says. "I knew I liked severe weather, and that’s kind of my specialty."
Finally, after two and a half years on the beach, Morgan made her way back home to the Midwest. "I’m very happy to be back. I like Myrtle Beach. It was a great place to live, and I had a great time there. But it made me realize more that I belong in the Midwest. I’m a Midwest girl," Morgan says.
To learn more about Morgan and her career as a meteorologist, check out her Fox 19 staff page or catch her on Fox 19 forecasting the weather right here in the Queen City.