Hurricane Danny in 1997 inspired Dan to study meteorology when the storm caught his attention due to the name. As a native of Harrisburg, he watched the local weather for fun and learned as much as he could from evening newscasts on ABC 27 with the StormTrack Team.
Dan first began communicating his weather knowledge over a closed-circuit television channel entitled the “Royal News Network” at Saint Catherine Laboure School during his seventh and eighth grade years. In 2003, a special broadcast on this channel featured Chuck Rhodes as a guest co-anchor, who further inspired Dan to pursue the study of meteorology.
Dan continued to follow his passion for weather when he studied meteorology at Penn State University from August 2008 to March 2015 in the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programs working for Dr. Raymond G. Najjar. In August 2013, Dan completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology through the prestigious Penn State Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program. He was accepted into this program in the spring of 2011 and worked with Dr. Najjar on his thesis research titled, “Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the Upper Delaware Estuary Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Budgets”. This work is now part of a published manuscript in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Dan stepped away from Penn State in March 2015 to pursue his dream job in broadcast meteorology at ABC 27 with a full-time on-air position. While his PhD dissertation remains unfinished, he realized that his passion for forecasting and broadcasting in his hometown was the direction he needed to go for his career. He continues to maintain strong working connections with friends and colleagues at Penn State who had a huge influence in the start of his career.
You can see Dan’s latest forecast every weekend morning live from 6-7 a.m. and again from 8-9 a.m. with Janel Knight to brighten the start of your Saturday and Sunday!