The Weather Junkies

| February 15, 2018

Tyler Jankoski is a broadcast meteorologist communicating the forecast on daily basis. Dakota Smith is a researcher studying climate risk. Different careers, different perspectives but both are “weather junkies” at heart. Join them every week for their conversations on various topics in the weather and climate enterprise. Listen to their podcast on iTunes or at You can follow them on Twitter (@thewxjunkies) or on Facebook (

Tyler Jankoski: Tyler Jankoski joined the NBC5 First Alert Weather Team in January 2017 and is happy to be forecasting the weather in New England and northern New York. Tyler grew up in Bristol, Conn. and he’s been studying Connecticut weather for more than a decade, especially wintertime Nor’easters. He interned twice at NBC Connecticut under Chief Meteorologist Brad Field. A member of the American Meteorological Society, Tyler is no stranger to the ever-changing New England weather patterns. Out of college, he jumped at the opportunity to work as the weekend evening meteorologist in western Massachusetts at WGGB-TV ABC 40.

Dakota Smith: Dakota Smith recently graduated with a Master’s degree from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. His research focus­ed on using remotely sensed data to improve the modeling of land-atmosphere interactions in seasonal grasslands. He now studies climate risk and adaptation at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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