Julia Weiden Biography
Julia Weiden is an experienced weather presenter who has worked for a number of networks in the past. She is a weather presenter for News Channel 9. She is working in the same field for long and has gained a lot of experience. Julia was always fascinated by the weather while growing up. Besides her journalism career, Julia is also a fitness freak and a fitness instructor.
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Julia started her career in Syracuse, New York covering blizzards and guest hosting the mid-morning talk show Bridge Street. She also has spent time chasing tornadoes in Jackson, Mississippi. Her mentor in Jackson was famed broadcast journalist, Bert Case, who helped her to speak the language of the Mississippi South. Weiden frequently offers meteorology training to the U.S. Military stationed near her home in Pennsylvania.
She has completed a lifelong dream having flown with the Hurricane Hunters in the Air Force Reserve and experienced the eye of Hurricane Matthew from the sky. Currently, Weiden works for News Channel 9 as an AccuWeather Meteorologist, as a severe weather specialist, and has experience with nasty winter blizzards & the snow brought on by the lake effect.
Why are hundreds of female meteorologist s all wearing the same dress on Pi Day?
Hundreds of female meteorologists are taking part in a nationwide campaign to celebrate women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields on March 14, also known as Pi Day. With the scientific significance of the date, which mirrors 3.14, female meteorologists will be wearing the same dress in a variety of colors, including AccuWeather’s team of female broadcasters.
In December of 2015, photos of broadcasters around the country went viral when dozens appeared in the same dress. The dress, popular for its bold color, slimming black panels, and the tailored fit was available on Amazon for around $30, making it an ideal choice.
A private Facebook group of female meteorologists came up with the idea to take the popularity of the dress and use it to promote women in STEM fields. AccuWeather’s Julia Weiden is part of that group, and she came up with the idea to use “the dress” to raise awareness. “The goal is to show young girls that it’s possible for them to study science or math and have a successful career in STEM fields as adults,” Weiden said.
“Women makeup half of the workforce but only account for about 20 percent of college degrees in STEM fields. We hope to see that number grow in the future.” Weiden said 100 meteorologists participated last year. When viewers noticed other broadcasters in the same dress, it provided her an excuse to explain the cause. “I think it’s important to see more women in STEM because it increases the diversity of perspectives,” she said. “Adding more women and other minorities into the mix expands the variety of perspectives and allows for a better outcome.”
Though some viewers find it easy to fixate on a female broadcaster’s appearance, Weiden said she and the other female meteorologists on AccuWeather have worked extremely hard to be proficient in science and mathematics. “We hope that our viewers are able to look beyond ‘the dress’ and recognize that our daily goal is to keep you informed about upcoming weather events with the accurate forecasts,” she said.
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Julia was born on December 31st, 1987 and is a New York native. Julia remembers being fascinated by the weather as a 3-year-old, having a tree fall on her family home during Hurricane Bob. She grew up on Long Island and asked her grandmother how hurricanes develop while observing the damage from the storm. Although Julia admits she was hoping to make important discoveries about tornadoes or hurricanes, with the common assumption that broadcast meteorologists weren’t scientific enough, her Senior year she transitioned because she accepted that she wasn’t the math and science whiz I thought I was in high school.
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Weather broadcasters from across the country will once again reunite on Pi Day to encourage the involvement of women and young girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). However, for the third annual #DressForSTEM, local and national female meteorologists are doing away with “The Dress” and instead invite people of all backgrounds to join them in wearing purple clothing on March 14.
“We realized that we were limiting it to justify ourselves when there are so many other STEM careers,” said AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Julia Weiden, who originally proposed the idea of female broadcasters donning the same dress. The goal of this year’s #DressForSTEM differs from previous years in that it aims to encompass women in STEM fields beyond just broadcast meteorology.
“We figured we want to expand and let everyone get in on the fun, so this year, we decided to ditch that dress,” Weiden said. “Girls and women think differently than men, in a good way, and have their own set of experiences to bring into the field,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Courtney Spamer. “With these unique female perspectives, there could be new innovations and breakthroughs in a whole host of fields.”
Women comprise nearly half of the workforce, yet hold only 24 percent of STEM jobs, research has shown. This has remained the case in recent years, despite the fact that college-educated women have increased their share of the overall workforce, according to the United States Department of Commerce.
Research has also revealed that women are less likely to enter and more likely to leave business roles in tech-intensive industries, according to Catalyst, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding opportunities for women. In the male-dominated field of broadcast meteorology, a mere 8 percent of chief meteorologist positions are held by women, according to the American Meteorological Society.
Female meteorologists in support of the national #DressForSTEM movement hope to see the numbers grow across all STEM fields. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a great blended team,” said AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Brittany Boyer. “But I have seen stations that only have a male-dominated team, and you just question why there are four or five men when you can have some women mixed in.”