Hi, I’m Gina.
Formal Introduction: I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, where my research focused on atmospheric chemistry
I mostly studied invisible and visible fluid dynamics (motion of non-cloudy and cloudy air), the complex chemistry that occurs within that fluid (pollution), and how pollution changes with the help of emissions controls (regulatory policy).
Informal Introduction: After X years of life on this planet, I’ve found that I thoroughly enjoy many things. Like most people, I am not simply a representative of my profession, but rather, a complex being with several interests. Earth science, space science, history, policy & politics, music, and wine are a few of my interests – just to name some.
The name of this website is meaningful to me because of:
- the negative, sexist persona that the word “weather girl” has taken on; and
- I am darn PROUD to be involved in the weather community–but am not bound by it.
In recent years, the name “weather girl” has been condoned by those of us who are both female and professionals in the weather community. Many prefer to be referred to as a meteorologist, as it is a well-deserved and hard-earned title. And although many do not accept to be called a weather girl and prefer a title that is more reflective of their education and expertise, I have been a “weather girl” since I was very young. I was proud to have an identity as a young person, and a known passion that to this day, people I went to grade school with remember. I give most people the benefit of the doubt that if they call a female meteorologist a weather girl, that they do not mean to be demeaning. But that being said, we should try to move away from the stereotypes of a “weather girl” (if you don’t know what I am talking about, please Google it), and respect the ladies of meteorology by describing their professions as they would self-describe it.
From the time I was about 5 years old, I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist. While I love all weather, I was most fascinated by electricity in the form of lightning. It amazed me how much effort was required to convert energy from its rawest forms (coal, oil, etc.) into the electricity to power my home when with every thunderstorm, a tremendous amount of electricity shot right out of the sky.
Meteorology is an insanely difficult field of study that has countless applications. It affects everything from a backyard barbecue, to space shuttle launches, to you name it. While the most common meteorologist to the public eye remains the TV weather person, only a handful of meteorologists take that route. It is actually quite interesting that meteorologists have the opportunity to explore so many career paths given their scientific training and analytical minds can be used for such a variety of professions outside of weather prediction.
Now that the “profession” stuff is out of the way, I could expand a bit. I watch/listen to documentaries and podcasts. These mostly consist of: U.S. Presidents, U.S. at war, and general U.S. history. I truly believe in Jack and Bobby had they had the chance. I also write my own amateur music, which you can be entertained by in the “music” tab.
Ultimately, I hope to use this space to inform those interested in what holistic science is about by providing links and resources about some scientific subjects I enjoy, blog posts, policy, music, or whatever, because remember- while I talk a lot of weather, I’m not just a weather girl.
All content on this website are my personal views and do not reflect the views of any of my current or previous affiliations.
Photocredit to Michael Charnick.