Erika is extremely happy to be a part of the ABC 4 News family and loves being a part of the Good Morning Utah team with Sarah, Brian, and the entire morning production crew.
As a native New Englander, Erika enjoys severe winter weather and thrives off of waiting for the latest weather model to initialize, in order to work on precip. totals. She has forecast experience from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England working for WTNH, NBC4, and WCBS on the east coast as well as forecast experience working up the CA coastline for KCOY/KEYT AND KPIX. Erika has filled-in on Good Morning America and covered extreme weather on World News Tonight.
Erika was the Chief Meteorologist at WTNH in new Haven, CT and mentions, the two toughest storms for her to cover wall-to-wall, were Superstorm Sandy and the Blizzard of 2013. She kept a copy of the very first ECMWF model run of Sandy, because she had a feeling it would be one for the history books. She has also covered notable natural disasters: Tropical Storm Irene, the Halloween Nor’easter of 2011, the Rim Wildfire of 2013, the record-setting Boston snowfall of 2015, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria and numerous tornado outbreaks across the country.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and an MBA in Energy and Sustainability. Five years ago, she made the decision to change her graduate studies major from an M.S. in Operational Meteorology to an M.B.A. in Energy and Sustainability, because of subtle adjustments in weather she observed as a result of macroscopic systems. During her graduate studies, she focused on cognitive environmental adaptation and as a result ended up creating two eco-tech products of which she holds patents. She held off returning to school for a research degree, but has recently discussed the potential with an administrator at the University of Utah. She has fallen in love with Utah and can’t get enough of how beautiful the sites are.
Erika enjoys spending time with her fiance Jay, her dog-baby Chloe, exercising, practicing yoga, watching all things sport, designing and connecting with friends and family.
Erika conducted an internship at NWS Oxnard, is a Skywarn Spotter for The National Weather Service and a member of The National Weather Association, American Meteorological Society, American Geosciences Institute, U.S. Green Building Council, The Water Environment Federation, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and The National Association of Hispanic Journalists.