Female Meteorologists Are Not 'Weather Girls'
A meteorologist is an expert in reporting the weather forecast whether male or female.
Three Meteorologists Discuss Their Job
Three prominent female meteorologists discussed the challenges they face in their careers. Jen Carfagno, Janice Huff, and Ginger Zee appeared in a discussion hosted by Weather Channel meteorologist Dr. Marshall Shepherd on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The title of the first part of the discussion was "Don't Call Me a Weather Girl." The group returned on February 5 for the second part of the discussion.
At the end of the discussion, Shepherd concluded that the term "weather girl" should be abolished. He added, "Respect these women for what they are: scientists.”
Meteorology is a science. The women who study it and report their findings on television are scientists and not “weather girls.”
Weather Girls vs. Weather Guys
The label of "weather girls" came about in the 1950s. At that time, television needed high ratings. Weather was seen as a way to provide entertainment for the viewing audience to get their attention.
Male meteorologists were labeled as the goofy weather guys. No one calls them weather guys today, but females are still being called weather girls.
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Weather Channel meteorologist Jen Carfagno said in a Facebook live discussion that she is called a weather girl lots of time.
The 38-year-old meteorologist started her career on the Weather Channel as an intern. She learned so much that it wasn't hard to move up to forecast the weather. After she completed her internship, she was hired by the channel in a full-time permanent position in1997. She has been affiliated with the network since then.
Janice Huff is a chief meteorologist for WNBC.
The 56-year-old graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with a major in meteorology.
From 1982-1983, Janice was weekend meteorologist at WTVC, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ginger Zee is chief meteorologist at ABC News. The 36-year-old is the current meteorologist for Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight. Before then, she was their weekend meteorologist. Now Zee is the chief meteorologist for all of ABC News' platforms.
Zee is not an actress reading news someone else wrote. She’s a scientist, reporting on complex findings and data she analyzed.
She said being called a weather girl was a description in the past. While it had its place in history, it should not be used today.
Zee graduated from Valparaiso University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. Her goal at graduation was to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by the time she was 30 years old. She fulfilled her goal when she began her tenure in 2006, but it was on Good Morning America.
Meteorology as a Career
The job of a meteorologist is like no other job. In order to be successful, one must love reporting the weather with a passion. The ideal person has to be patient as she watches storms and pays close attention to the weather conditions whether it is on a sunny day or a rainy day.
A meteorologist, whether male or female, must be focused at all times because people depend on the weather for their jobs are airline pilots, farmers, and other careers.
Besides knowing the language and the terms to be used, meteorologist must be able to deliver the weather in a professional way that is understood by lay people and other people in the same industry.
It is amazing that once viewers get used to one meteorologist, they stick with that person until she retires or relocates to a network out of the area.