Lena Maria Arango was born and raised in New England. Prior to becoming a Meteorologist, she worked in retail and hospitality management for nearly a decade. In 2016, she left that career in search of a deeper purpose and returned to school at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
In four years, she completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees and received several scholarships and accolades including the RISE Sustainability Innovation Award, where her plan to reduce CO2 emissions at her University won first place. Lena was also named a Senior Named Scholar by the American Meteorological Society for her academic excellence and achievements and was selected to participate in a master class with Oprah to represent the College of Sciences during Oprah’s visit to UMASS Lowell in 2019.
Lena was on the Boston Marathon Weather Team for 3 years, has completed research at the National Weather Center, and after starting her career close to home in Massachusetts she is now bringing her talents down south to Texas. As a minority female, she is extremely passionate about STEM education, especially for underrepresented groups.
She was a TA in college, has taught College for Kids, completed science experiments on-air, and actively mentors the next generation of emerging scientists. Lena is vegan, loves to garden, run, hike, travel, and read. She is also extremely adventurous. And as the daughter of Polish, Italian and Colombian parents she is thrilled to be continuing her career in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the U.S.
Fiona rides a little farther south, which bears a bit closer watching long-term. Remnants of Merbok set to bring major impacts to western Alaska through the weekend
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska, is issuing very strong messaging in regards to Merbok, calling it the "strongest storm in over a decade."
Drought improvement celebrations continue across the Lone Star State, with much of our viewing area exiting the drought altogether.
September 1 marks the first day of Meteorological Fall. Meteorological Summer was interesting from a climatological perspective, as were off to the races with the heat, on track to experience the most triple-digit heat.
The peak of Hurricane Season is less than 2 weeks away and the Atlantic is certainly showing up for it.
Invest 98-L has been the most we've had to talk about in the Tropical Atlantic for quite some time, with the main development region being mostly dominated by large quantities of dust and unfavorable wind patterns for tropical development as we enter into the peak of hurricane season.
The August full moon, Perseid meteor shower peak, and storms are all happening expected this week. Here's what you should know.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor has more than 97% of Texas in a drought and the dry conditions are leading to wildfires across the state.
Galveston has been crushing heat records left and right this summer.
As July 2022 nears its end, more than half of the month has featured daytime highs in the triple digits. That puts us on pace for our warmest July on record.