||No wonder about
By Jason Weigandt 00, 01
predictions is no magic trick for Lisa Mozer 84it
is her career. As a broadcast meteorologist for The Weather Channel,
Mozer convinces millions of people to grab their umbrellas or rub
on some sunscreen.
Mozer and her staff receive the latest radar and weather databases
so they can accurately pinpoint weather patterns. Our equipment
is equal to anything used by the military or the government,
she says. It allows us to piece together a forecast.
The North Carolina native came to Rowan as a communications major,
gaining broadcast experience at WGLS and interning at Philadelphias
WHYY-FM. The quest for work led her back to the south, where she landed
a job as a production assistant at a television station.
Mozer continued her education with study in meteorology at the University
of North Carolina and later enlisted in the United States Air Force
Weather Technology program as a non-commissioned officer. After writing
a story about weather and the teams equipment for the Public
Affairs office, she switched her military career from communications
to meteorology. I decided right then that I wanted to be a weather
forecaster, she says.
In 1998, she was activated in the Presidential Selective Service Call
Up to support Operation Allied Force in Kosovo. By then Mozer was
an established meteorologist aiding the operation with her forecasting
Off the air, Mozer works to expand her knowledge beyond clouds and
snowstorms. The proud mother of two sons, Mozer is involved with her
church and boasts nearly 20 years of U.S. military service as a member
of the reserves corps. She is also enrolled in a masters program
in aviation safety systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
If theres one idea I can instill in young people, its
to step back and try to learn about a lot of different things,
she says. No matter what it is, I will find a way to draw on
whatever I study,