Chelsea is from Indianapolis, Indiana. Although it may be the Hoosier state, she attended Purdue University and is a diehard Boilermaker fan. She has a BS in atmospheric science and is currently pursuing her MS in environmental policy and management with a concentration in energy and sustainability from the University of Denver. Chelsea loves the ever-changing patterns of the atmosphere which led her to participate in extensive severe weather research for the Red Cross during her undergrad years. She is currently a Community Volunteer Leader for the Red Cross and enjoys giving back to the community she lives. Before coming to WeatherNation, Chelsea worked in West Virginia at WSAZ and in west Tennessee at WBBJ where she did it all from reporting to sports but her passion is weather.
Q&A with Chelsea Ambriz
What inspired you to become a meteorologist?
I would say my older brother inspired to me to become a meteorologist. He has always been a science buff and growing up it led me to love it just as much. In high school, I took an AP environmental science class and that’s what solidified my decision to go for a career that focused on science. I didn’t always want to be on TV but my last semester of college I took a video magazine class to fill an elective. My professor truly encouraged me to come out of my shy shell and flourish in front of the camera by picking me to be one of the hosts for the cable channel we aired on Comcast. The rest is history!
What is your most memorable weather experience?
Any time there is extreme flooding it truly is hard to grasp the amount of water that mother nature displaces. I have seen extreme flooding along the Obion and Mississippi River in Tennessee as well as record breaking flood stages along the Ohio River during my time in West Virginia. But my most memorable experience was the historical EF4 wedge tornado that tracked 75 miles from Mississippi into my DMA in West Tennessee during the month of December.
Outside of weather, what are your hobbies and interests?
I’m an avid puzzler but I also enjoy being outside. I love tennis, traveling and trying new foods. I still dream about the gruyere fondue I had in Switzerland.
Besides your parents, who has influenced you the most in your life?
I always say my brother got me into this career and I love him for it; but being in the field I have found mentors and look up to so many meteorologists that it’s hard to pick just one. I feel everyone I have worked with and admire are all my influencers.
What is a little known fact about you?
I LOVE cats. I have two, Bert and Oliver, that I treat like my children. I rescued Bert, aka Fatty, from the shelter when I was 13 years old! Oliver was my crazy treasure I got from a coworker while working in West Virginia. My boys even have their own Instagram account!