Ed Bloodsworth (Meteorologist)
My interest in weather arose after experiencing several weather phenomena as a child. Although Florida is notorious for lightning and hurricanes, it was a rare Tampa, Florida, tornado that sparked my curiosity when I was 6 years old. I haven't looked back since. While other children spent their summers enjoying the time off from school, I was busy tracking Atlantic hurricanes.
This interest lead me to The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology with accompanying minors in mathematics, physics, and communications. While at FSU, I was an active member of the North Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. I was also part of FSU Weather, a 30-minute, student-run weather news program focusing on important local, national, and international weather stories. I was given the role of "team leader", which made me responsible for news gathering and weather forecasting for the program. I was also a member of the Florida State Intercollegiate Bowling Team.
I spent time as a weather intern at WFLA in Tampa under the tutelage of Steve Jerve. During my final year at FSU, I was fortunate enough to work as a freelance meteorologist for WTXL, the ABC news affiliate serving the Tallahassee and Thomasville, Ga., media markets. While at WTXL, I experienced Tropical Storm Fay, which made a record four landfalls in the state of Florida, and produced record flooding over the North Florida and Southern Georgia regions.
In my spare time, I enjoy bowling and coaching youth bowlers, reading, and spending time with his friends and family. I am an active member of both the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA).