Success Stories

Our graduates are successful in many areas of the atmospheric sciences. For example, they are forecasters in the private industry, broadcast meteorologists, research scientists, and are pursuing additional degrees in graduate school. We work with passionate individuals to help them realize their success — here are their stories. If you’re interested in sharing your story, we’d love to showcase your successes! Please connect with the department on social media.

Jason Shafer

Isaac Longley, ’18

Meteorologist, AccuWeather, State College, PA

Isaac landed a job as a meteorologist at the AccuWeather Headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania in June 2018. He issues customized forecasts and warnings for many clients. Isaac frequently updates AccuWeather’s Universal Forecast Database and has even read a few forecasts over the radio! He has found the forecasting techniques and general meteorology that he learned at Lyndon to be extremely useful and applicable in my daily work.

On his experience at Lyndon

The combination of small class sizes and the ability to freely communicate with his professors helped prepare him for success in the field. At Lyndon, one thing that stood out to him was having unlimited access to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and the various outdoor activities it has to offer. He also enjoyed attending many events organized by the Lyndon AMS/NWA Club.

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Amanda Curran, ’14

Broadcast Meteorologist, WSFA 12 News, Montgomery, AL

Less than a month after graduating from Lyndon, Amanda packed her bags and moved 1,300 miles south to Sweet Home Alabama. She started working at WSFA as their fourth meteorologist, but after ten short months she worked her way up to the weekday meteorologist position; now she is responsible for all late morning and early afternoon newscasts. She recently earned the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, and was named “Best Weather Anchor of the Year” in 2018 by the Associated Press of Alabama.

On her experience at Lyndon

Whether it was anchoring a newscast at News 7 or producing forecasts for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Lyndon prepared Amanda with hands-on experiences that she would have never been able to get anywhere else. Lyndon truly helped her turn her passion for weather into a profession that she loves! Through the four years at Lyndon, she was able to learn and grow with the other students in her class, and made friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Anthony Macari III, ’16

NewsSource 8 Meteorologist, WAGM-TV Presque Isle, ME

Ever since Anthony was young, he had always loved watching the weather and wanted to learn more about it. He heard about Lyndon, and had to visit. Although he visited many schools, choosing Lyndon was one of the best decisions he’d ever made. Anthony says, “This small school nestled away in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont always topped the list for its affordability, location, and community. If you have an interest atmospheric science or climate, Lyndon is the place to be. The faculty and staff at Lyndon want you to succeed, and with an alumni network spread across the country, opportunities are endless.”

On his experience at Lyndon

The collaboration between Lyndon’s Atmospheric Sciences and Electronic Journalism Arts programs give every student interested in broadcast meteorology a chance to get the live practice they need, reaching thousands of households in the Northeast Kingdom. This, along with many leadership and development opportunities, helped him grow as a person and a professional. Anthony was able to practice and jump right into News 7, which gave him opportunities not found anywhere else. Less than one week after graduation, he was on his way to Maine to begin his career, putting all he had learned to work.

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Chris McCray, ’15

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, McGill University

After graduating from Lyndon with a double major in Atmospheric Sciences and Math, Chris began his Master’s at McGill University in Montreal with the Synoptic Meteorology group. He quickly decided to switch to the Ph.D. program, knowing that his goal was a career in research. His research is broadly focused on the climatology and forecasting of long-duration freezing rain events/ice storms (a topic he began working on for his senior thesis at Lyndon!). After graduate school, he hopes to pursue a career in research on ways to improve forecasts of high-impact weather events.

On his experience at Lyndon

“My professors at Lyndon were key to helping me gain a broad range of experiences in the field through internships in broadcasting, forecasting, and research. Without the close professor-student relationships that Lyndon fosters, I may never have even considered graduate school as an option, since I started out with my mind set on broadcasting. Serving on the board of the AMS Club is something I would highly recommend, because planning such a well-respected conference is an opportunity shared by very few undergraduates in our field.”

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Arianna Varuolo-Clarke, ’16

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Columbia University, New York, NY

Lyndon’s Atmospheric Sciences program prepared Arianna for success by seeing her through a variety of rigorous classes and by holding her to a high standard of professionalism. The experiences she had both in and out of the classroom taught her to think critically, on her own and in groups, which is essential as she pursues her career in this field. Being a part of The Climate Consensus group was one of her favorite experiences at Lyndon, especially the Climate Rally. (Doing a balloon launch in -20°F degree temperatures was a close second!)

On her experience at Lyndon

“During my time at Lyndon, I had three research experiences. The first was working on campus investigating changes in diurnal temperature ranges in the Northeast. The following year, I was accepted into the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). During my first summer in SOARS, I worked with a climate scientist to investigate the impact of large volcanic eruptions on climate. The following summer I did fieldwork in Juneau, Alaska. My goal is to get my Ph.D. and work toward creating a more sustainable world.”

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