I graduated in May 2014 from UWM with a degree in Atmospheric Sciences and started working at Innovative Weather in November of 2013. My passion for weather started at a young age when I would always go outside in my parent's garage when there were thunderstorms and would sometimes even go out and chase storms myself. My big passion and interest in weather is thunderstorms and snowstorm forecasting. Right now, I work at Associated Bank as an Assistant Branch Manager but I still enjoy my one night a week I work at IW as an Alumi staff member and mentor/trainer. Every year my buddy (and former IW alum) Kyle go on a week long storm chase in the Plains as well! Other than weather and the bank, I am a huge music aficionado, sports fan and love traveling around the state for auto races.
I grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and came down to UWM to study Atmospheric Science in 2011. I enjoyed Milwaukee and UWM so much that I decided to stay here for graduate school, and successfully convinced my professors to let me into our Master's program. Another benefit of staying here is that I get to continue to work at Innovative Weather! My interest in weather didn't stem from a single, awesome weather event. I was actually afraid of thunderstorms as a child, but that meant that I spent a lot of time paying attention to the weather, and eventually developed an interest in meteorology. Maybe, given enough time, I will notice a similar transformation of my fear of spiders. When I'm not talking about the weather or quickly scanning every room I'm in for spiders, I spend my time playing the piano, eating bagels, and having long discussions about Game of Thrones - and not necessarily all at the same time.
I started an Innovative Weather as an Intern during the summer of 2015, and was operational by mid-September. I was born and raised in Sheboygan WI and have lived in WI all but one year of my life. I have been interested in weather for a very long time, ever since I was a kid I was teased by family members about being a weatherman when I grew up. I have always had an aptitude for math and science throughout my schooling, and although meteorology is a perfect fit, I didnít start college as an atmospheric science student. I started at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as a biochemistry major intending on going to pharmacy school, but after a few bad experiences with professors and TAís, decided to transfer during the summer after my freshman year. I didnít originally look at UWM when I was in high school, and instead was leaning toward Valparaiso for meteorology, but it just so happened I had a place to live already lined up in Milwaukee, and my mom got sick that summer as well, so being able to visit every weekend was a major factor in my decision to go to UWM. I graduated in May 2016 from the UWM atmospheric science program, and have worked at Innovative Weather since. My free time away from weather is generally spent with my dog, playing games, being active outdoors, or watching/discussing sports as an avid Packer and Blackhawks fan.
I began school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the fall of 2014, and I have been with Innovative Weather since June 2015. My interest in weather didnít spark from any specific event like many other meteorologists, but I have always had a love for storms since I can remember. I would always be watching the radar and trying to predict what was going to happen next. In May of 2017, I will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science. My overall career dream is to find a meteorological related job that brings me close to my hometown of Green Bay, WI. Besides meteorology, in my free time I love to spend time with my family, watch Packer games, and go up north
I have been interested in meteorology since I can first remember. I recall watching it snow with my Mom on school nights hoping that it would accumulate enough for school to be cancelled. Events like the flooding from the remnants of hurricane Gustav in 2008, the groundhog day blizzard of 2011, the tornadoes of November 17, 2013, and the double derecho of June 30, 2014 have captured my interest in the recent past fueling my interest to become an operational meteorologist. In May of 2015, I graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in meteorology. While studying at Valparaiso I captivated my curiosity in the weather by participating in many storm chasing trips including 4 eleven day trips that ventured to the Central Plains to states like Texas and all the way to Montana. During my senior year I was elected the director of the Storm Intercept Team and gained valuable leadership experience while leading the storm chase trips. During my time at Valparaiso, I had two great internships that furthered my fascination in the field of meteorology and confirmed my beliefs in wanting a job in the field. The first was at a private forecast company in Palatine, IL called Weathercommand where they perform many of the same duties as they do here at Innovative Weather, including live radio broadcasts and forecasts for major league baseball teams. The second was at the National Weather Service Chicago office where I completed multiple research projects, most notably on the value of aviation forecasts. With the help of the later, I was able to secure a Pathways internship with the National Weather Service Albuquerque office that will likely lead to a full time position as a National Weather Service employee. My interest in areas other than weather include playing and watching sports. I am a die-hard Cubs, Bears, and Bulls fan as well as a huge Valparaiso University basketball fan.
I am currently the Assistant Director of Programming at Innovative Weather gaining knowledge about the operational side of IW as well as the programming side of IW. I will be graduating with my bachelors in Atmospheric Science in May 2016. I have lived in Wisconsin all my life in the city of Racine with a few years also living in Oconomowoc. I grew up experiencing all the seasons of Wisconsin, winter and construction. Being able to experience winter storms to severe thunder storms and everything in between that Wisconsin has to offer has defiantly fueled my interest in weather from a young age. Twister was one of my favorite childhood movies and my mom can attest to that, we even own it on laser disc for those who know what that is. Many people hate Wisconsin's cold winters, but I am one of those outliers that quite enjoy it, unless it is snowing in April. I have had the opportunity to be a student volunteer at the National Weather Service Forecast Office Milwaukee/ Sullivan, WI for this past summer, which is continuing into the fall semester of my Senior year. I would love to further my education towards a Master's degree as well as work for the National Weather Service. I am a big sports fan, always rooting for the Packers. Some fun facts about me is that I have been gold mining in Oregon, hiked 28 miles in the Grand Canyon, and visited Dubai for two weeks.
My father has driven my passion for Meteorology, since I was a child growing up in Sheboygan, WI. Storm chases and monitoring severe weather in Wisconsin were the usual occurrence growing up with my father. I would sit in my living room watching The Weather Channel from 9am in the morning till the middle of the night waiting for the severe weather to finally move into the Sheboygan area, so I could watch the lightning, wind, and hail (if there were any). This passion for weather has driven me to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, for which I will be graduating at in May of 2017. I began Interning at Innovative Weather in April of 2016, and have enjoyed working in the operational setting, and plan to acquire a job in operations at the National Weather Service down the road. In my free time, besides watching the weather, I enjoy hanging out with friends, chasing storms around eastern Wisconsin, Ghost hunting in the evening, playing the violin, or creating a new painting.
Hi! I'm Alex Bukvich, an upperclassmen undergraduate who is still fairly new to Innovative Weather. I grew up in Brookfield, WI and, believe it or not, weather used to terrify me. I was so afraid of severe weather that, from the ages of 5 to 7, the word "tornado" had to be banned from our household! Even hear the word would send me into tears! Unsurprisingly, that fear subsided and I grew to be intrigued by severe weather. I certainly attribute my growing interest to my Dad, who is a weather junkie himself. Innovative Weather so far has been an unprecedented opportunity for me. Being a small program, there is an incredibly strong sense of community and improvement above all else. Innovative Weather undoubtedly is, and will be, a highlight of my education.
My father has owned a whitewater rafting company since I was a baby and weather is a major factor in the company's success. Without enough rain, there isn't enough water for rafting, which means no profit. Almost every night my family would watch to see if any rain was in the forecast. I am fascinated not only by weather concepts, but also the social and economic aspects weather has on people. I love how weather can affect our lives, whether it is a beautiful day, or for my family, a good rain throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as Innovative Weather, has been a wonderful experience so far and has given me the opportunity to learn more about such a complex and rich topic that affects everyone. I have really enjoyed being the one to tell the rest of the family, The rain is on the way!
Living in Wisconsin, the weather was always on my mind. I have enjoyed seeing how the patterns change as the four seasonís progress. I have always been fascinated by storms, whether it be a thunderstorm or a snowstorm. Growing up in Manitowoc, I always anticipated how the lake would affect the weather. This further encouraged me to look into what causes this and how to better understand it. In May 2018, I will be receiving my B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Following graduation, I am hoping to pursue a career in operational meteorology either in broadcasting or in the private sector. I joined Innovative Weather as an intern in the spring of 2016. I started first by learning about the programming side of the company and am now moving toward a more operational standpoint. In addition to meteorology, I also enjoy model trains, traveling, and attending music concerts.
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