Melissa Nord is an Emmy award winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist for 11Alive weekend mornings. She’s an Atlanta area native and Georgia Tech graduate and is thrilled to be back home forecasting the weather for the north Georgia.
You may have seen Melissa’s weather broadcasts in 2020 on cable news covering national and international weather stories. She was most recently working for The Weather Channel and CNN on a part-time basis, during which she covered the Atlantic Basin’s most active hurricane season on record and the Northeast’s biggest snow storm in nearly five years.
Prior to moving back home, Melissa spent four years in Washington, D.C. at 11Alive’s sister station, WUSA 9. This is where her craft of explaining the ‘science behind the weather’ came to life with the use of augmented reality graphics. Melissa earned both the 2018 Associated Press and Emmy Awards for best Meteorologist in the D.C.-Baltimore area.
Melissa is an advocate for inspiring others to be excited about science, and is looking forward to community events and visiting schools across the North Georgia area to encourage STEM education. While in D.C., she was actively involved with the local Children’s Science Center in Northern Virginia, serving as a STEM Advisory Council member and planning weather events to help engage students at a young age in hands-on STEM learning.
Before D.C., Melissa was a meteorologist at LEX 18 in Lexington, Kentucky. She began her career in Atlanta as a weather producer and graphics meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Go Jackets! While in college, she interned with the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City, during which she worked on a collaborative research study to explore ways to increase warning lead times during tornadic severe weather events.
Melissa and her husband, a fellow Georgia Tech graduate, are thrilled to be back home. They recently gave birth to a baby girl, nicknamed “weather baby.” They have a 100 pound German Shepherd Mix named “Buzz” after GT’s mascot, and a cat named “Emma” after Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. They’re huge Atlanta sports fans.
Give Melissa a follow on social media at “MelissaNordWx”. And if you’d like Melissa to talk about the weather to your classroom or child’s classroom, teachers can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a virtual visit in 2021.