Melissa Nord is an Emmy award winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. She’s an Atlanta area native and Georgia Tech graduate and is thrilled to be in her hometown forecasting the weather for the north Georgia.
Melissa joined 11 Alive in August 2020 and helps Georgians navigate through the day’s weather on 11 Alive Weekend Mornings. She has covered some of our area’s most recent tornado outbreaks, winter storms, and landfalling tropical systems since joining 11 Alive. Melissa was named the Georgia Association of Broadcaster’s GABBY Award for Best Meteorologist in 2022.
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. Melissa currently serves on the Exhibits and Programming Committee for the Children's Museum of Atlanta. She enjoys 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. She also volunteered 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 earned her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Go Jackets! Melissa was named one of Georgia Tech Alumni Association's '40 under 40' graduates in 2021.
Melissa and her husband, a fellow Georgia Tech graduate, are thrilled to be back home. They have two young daughters, nicknamed their ‘weather babies’. They have a 120 pound German Shepherd Mix named “Buzz” after GT’s mascot. 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.