'We never buy a roundtrip ticket:' Inside CNN’s weather team
It’s just days before this year’s hurricane season officially begins (on June 1) and we’ve already seen devastating and deadly tornadoes strike the heartland of the U.S. That’s why our CNN meteorologists are keeping their eyes to the skies.
From a young age, CNN meteorologists Jennifer Gray and Derek Van Dam were fascinated by the weather and knew they wanted to make a career out of it. Now, they cover everything from hurricanes to floods to wildfires, keeping viewers informed on the realities of catastrophic weather events.
“I think we have a very important job to do to tell the story, raise awareness… Being in the elements and meeting the people impacted makes you a better meteorologist,” said Gray.
Gray has led viewers through major hurricanes like the devastating, category five monster storm Hurricane Michael and the 2018 California wildfire season – one of the deadliest on record, while Van Dam reported on every U.S. landfalling hurricane in 2017 and even joined the U.S. Air Force’s “Hurricane Hunters” as part of special coverage on CNN.
“We never buy a roundtrip ticket… we have no idea how long we’re going to be gone, and we don’t know what we’re going to experience,” said Van Dam.
In this latest edition of “Inside Turner,” we get an in-depth look at CNN’s team of meteorologists, who bring you the latest extreme weather and climate change news from around the world each day.