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Julie Bologna: WPXI, morning and noon meteorologist

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Age: 31.

Birthplace: Center Township.

Years at WPXI: 3 1/2.

Julie Bologna

Previous broadcasting experience: WPHL-TV, Philadelphia, chief meteorologist; WHP/WLYH-TV, Harrisburg, chief meteorologist; WTAJ-TV, Altoona, weekend weather/weekday reporter; WTOV-TV, Steubenville, fill-in weathercaster; WMBA-AM, Ambridge, morning news host and "Yankee Trader" host; WPSX-TV, State College, promotions assistant; and WPSU-AM, State College, news anchor.

Weather training: Journalism degree, Penn State University, with minor in theater. Broadcast meteorology certificate, Mississippi State University. NWA and AMS seals.

Did you have a weather idol or model growing up? Not really. However, I really loved local news and was a regular viewer. I followed the forecasts on all of the stations.

Were you a weather geek as a child? I was a geek, period! Ask my teachers from high school and college. I think they were all sick of me and my questions by the end of the semester. I guess it paid off.

How do you feel when you receive credit or blame for the weather? I love taking credit for all of the sunny, warm weather. When we get hammered with a lot of snow and really bad weather, I tell people that, at least we called for it. If that doesn't work, I tell them to blame Kevin and Steve. Just kidding.

Best weather call? They're all good ones.

Biggest miss? I'm sure there's one in my future, but I hope not.

Forecasting -- art or science? A blend. You need to know the science of meteorology for a good forecast. For an even better forecast, you need to know your area, climate and topography. You need to know where the rises in elevation are, where the flooding occurs, where the temps are colder, etc. Being from Pittsburgh certainly allows you to do this.

If it's a science, how accurate should viewers expect you to be? Viewers should expect an accurate forecast for a 48-hour period. They should expect the last three days of the five-day to give them a good idea of approaching storms, temperature changes and types of precipitation.

Vacation ruined by weather, blame? I've been lucky so far! Although one time, during the Blizzard of '93, the weather came very close to causing me to miss my vacation. It was spring break, I was on a bus from State College to Pittsburgh. The bus driver picked up a ton of people so that they wouldn't be stranded. People were standing in the aisles. The bus slid around with about 10 inches of snow at that point. We made it in -- two hours late. My parents threw me into the old wood-paneled station wagon. They got me to the airport just in time to make my flight to Texas to visit my sister. I miss the station wagon. I don't miss the Blizzard of '93.

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