Welcome to the weather blog and social media hub that covers the Sunshine State! The goal is to provide weather forecasts and updates on everything that’s happening from Pensacola, to Jacksonville, to Key West using the blog and social media.
Charles E. Roop is a recent graduate from Mississippi State University and an award-winning forecaster. A North Central Florida native, Roop became intrigued with meteorology at the age of nine. Being nagged by the constant summertime afternoon storms, Roop began wondering why it kept happening. He started watching the weather on TV, and he was hooked. Roop studied journalism and photojournalism in community college and for most of his time at the University of Florida, but decided to switch to a meteorology mindset. He graduated with a bachelors in geography from UF in May 2010. Roop’s focus on his thesis is tropical cyclone-induced tornadoes in Florida and used Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to study the phenomenon. He recently won first and second place in the graduate-student category for two cities during The Weather Challenge collegiate forecasting competition. He earned his Master of Science in Geosciences in August 2013.
Damaris Jaime is a meteorology student at Mississippi State University, who started out in broadcast meteorology but recently decided to switch to operational. She is a part-time meteorologist for the Florida Weather Update. She was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in South Florida for most of her life. From experiencing hurricanes and tropical storms, she couldn’t help but love the field and pursue a career in it. Jaime also took part in chasing the 2011 devastating April 27 tornado outbreak across Mississippi and Alabama. With her experience and continued training in meteorology, as well as being bilingual, Jaime will bring a different angle to contribute to the mission of the blog and social media entity.