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Bright Forecasts: First jobs of weather gurus

Bright Forecasts: First jobs of weather gurus
From Reuters - October 5, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Looking at the weather and other natural phenomena these days, it seems the only thing that has yet to occur is a plague of locusts.

Hurricanes have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean, leaving countless communities dealing with devastation, flooding and lack of power and basic necessities.

In the aftermath of the storms, one group of people shot to prominence in living rooms around the country due to media interviews: the nations meteorologists.

We talked to a few of these familiar faces about how they got their starts in life, and what they did before they began tracking the whims of Mother Nature.

GINGER ZEE

ABC News Chief Meteorologist and author of Natural Disaster. I Cover Them. I Am One

First job: Bussing tables

My first job was at the University Club of Grand Rapids, a country club in the city, bussing tables at weddings. I loved the beautiful flowers and happy people, but I also loved watching the open bar turn into a drunken fiasco many times.

As I became a waitress and eventually a bartender at these weddings, I learned to perform. I learned crucial social interactions that help me still today. My boss was tough on us all, and I loved that. It made me work even harder.

But there was one wedding I will never forget. It was the first time I was given the task of holding the champagne for the bride and groom and entire wedding party before the toast. Their toast was done on the dance floor. With my small round tray, I carried eight regular champagne glasses, along with two carefully filled Waterford crystal glasses that were heirlooms of the brides.

As the toast began, the wedding party rushed in to grab their drinks, and the tray started to quiver and eventually crashed to the floor. The heirloom glasses shattered on the dance floor. It was horrific. Grandmas were gasping, the bride was crying. After that, I never dropped a tray again.

STEPHANIE ABRAMS

Meteorologist, The Weather Channel

First job: Hallmark store

JANICE DEAN

JEN CARFAGNO

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