Here is an interview with meteorologist Jim O'Brien from Fox 59:
What sparked your interest in weather?
As a child I was frightened of tornadoes and I wanted to learn more and this eventually became a job.
Describe an average day at work.
Up a 2:20am…at work by 3:30am…on air at 4:40am until 10:00am…lots of radio recordings, map making, forecasting
How do you use clouds to help you forecast weather?
Clouds are very useful in prediction temperatures, storm type and approaching storms
Where did you go to school and receive additional training?
Western Kentucky University, Portland State and Mississippi State
What advice would you give to someone who might want to be a meteorologist?
Learn your geography, study math and become a good public speaker!
What special projects does the meteorology department undertake?
Field studies of weather on the environment and flood control as well as storm chasing
What major strengths and assets are required to do well in your position?
A solid knowledge of the atmosphere and how it works daily to create our weather
What are your daily duties and responsibilities?
5.5 hours of television on-air weather, radio, weather blogs, and internet updates
Are certain duties specific to weekly, monthly or annual time frames?
What weather instruments are most useful?
Mostly all done by using computerized instruments and a solid knowledge of the region you live in
What specific things do you need to know in pursuit of this career?
Study hard and go to college