Erika Lopez



Arizona State University – BS in Meteorology

Erika Lopez joins WeatherNation after working in Victoria, Texas as the weekend meteorologist for KAVU. She is a weather and adrenaline junkie. Erika is no stranger to severe weather across the country as she has experience forecasting from coast to coast while as a student at Penn State University in the northeast, and as a native Phoenician in the desert southwest finishing her Bachelors degree in Meteorology at Arizona State University. Erika Lopez’s love for weather began as a little girl. She always had her local news stations on TV and admired how knowledgeable and graceful the meteorologist were. Since she could remember, she knew this is what she wanted to do in life and she is honored to be able to be a part of the WeatherNation team today. In her free time, Erika loves catching flights back home to spend time with her family in Arizona. She is a gym rat and salsa dancing lover. She also enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.

Q&A with Erika Lopez

What inspired you to become a meteorologist and pursue a career as an on air weather caster?
I have always known I wanted to study the weather and become a meteorologist. As far as becoming an on air meteorologist, I was just blessed with the right people and the right opportunities in my life to lead me down this path. Anything you set your mind to is possible with hard work and dedication. It is a true testament that God always has a plan for each of us.
What is your most memorable weather experience?
Monsoon season in Phoenix every year. Sitting on the patio outside with my parents, smelling the fresh rain (which is rare in Arizona) and enjoying the lightning shows have always been my most memorable experiences, as well as chasing or getting caught in the dust storms we get every year as well!
Outside of weather what are your hobbies and life interests?
I am a gym rat. I would have to say my number one hobby is getting a good workout in. I am also into Latin music. I love dancing to salsa, bachata and merengue. I love traveling, going on adventures. I love spending as much time as I can with my five beautiful nieces back in Arizona.
Besides your parents, who had influenced you the most in life?
I have been blessed with too many amazing people to learn and grow from and mold me into the person that I am today. They range from my youth leaders I had while growing up, to high school teachers, to all of the meteorologists that I have and am currently working with. I truly believe I have only worked and currently am working with the best of the best.
What is a little known fact about you?
Not a day goes by where I am not asked what ethnicity I am. Since I am sure it is a question that has probably crossed your mind, the truth is I am 100% Mexican!
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
One goal in my career has always been to be able to say that I have forecasted the weather in every part of the country. With WeatherNation, I am able to accomplish that goal forecasting the weather on a national scale.


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