Lauryn Ricketts ABC7 Meteorologist
Lauryn Ricketts joined the ABC7 Stormwatch 7 team in January of 2013. Originally from the Shenandoah Valley - more specifically, Winchester - Lauryn has more than a decade of experience forecasting in or around the D.C. area.
While attending college at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va., she gained valuable experience working at WRIC under Chief Meteorologist John Bernier. That is when she got her first taste for broadcast meteorology.
Since then, she went on to work at WTTG in Washington, headed up the weather center at WHSV in Winchester as their Chief Meteorologist and also worked with the weather team’s at both WBFF and WMAR in Baltimore. A highlight in her career came when she was asked to commentate the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington with co-host Rita Crosby.
She also had a 6- year stint commentating the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Parade in Winchester. You may have also heard Lauryn on local radio on 104.9/105.5 THE Bone with PJ Elliott as well as with 106.7 The Fan “Overtime with Bill Rohland” and “Kevin and Rock” giving the “Official Tailgating Weather Forecast."
Lauryn has wanted to study weather ever since she was a little girl. Always having a passion for science, she was captivated by cloud patterns, severe weather events and even the stars in their constellations at night. When people asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, she promptly answered “a meteorologist,” and she has stuck with that goal ever since.
While growing up in the D.C. area, she remembers watching and learning from legends like Doug Hill, Bob Ryan and Sue Palka, and she has fulfilled her dreams working closely with all of them.
During her role at WHSV, she gained national recognition for her forecasting capabilities for “Snowmeggedon.” Both the December 2009 storm and the February 2010 storm individually dropped over 30” of snow on parts of the region, paralyzing the Mid-Atlantic. She has also had her hand in severe weather forecasting as well from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 that left parts of Virginia in ruins (including her forecast area of Richmond at the time) to the June 4, 2008 tornado outbreak that affected parts of the Shenandoah Valley.
Lauryn always tries to be home by 7:30 p.m. so she can watch Jeopardy, one of her long-time favorite shows (however, she is absolutely terrible at Wheel of Fortune). She also loves cooking extravagant meals, getting lost in the works at the National Gallery of Art, and is Pilates fanatic (because she believes it doesn’t actually feel like you are working out).
Lauryn also follows women’s local high school soccer ever since her collegiate playing days at Randolph Macon and coaching days at an area high school. An avid D.C. sports fan and a true life-long Washington Redskins fan, Lauryn lives for not only for the weather, but for Washington sports. Hail!
Humid, hot and hazy as we head into the unofficial first weekend of the Summer Season
Plenty of sun and less humid today, but the weekend is looking less desirable.
Will the 138th Preakness Stakes turn into the rainy debacle that was the 139th Kentucky Derby? There could be a chance!
With all this heat, the threat for afternoon storms is really heating up too!
Warmer weather is here and will stick around for a whille.