Erika is extremely happy to be a part of the diverse ABC 4 News family and loves being a part of the Good Morning Utah team with Sarah, Brian, Jerad and the entire morning production crew.
She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and the first Latina meteorologist in the market. Erika’s Mother is from Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico and her father from Mexico City, Mexico.
Erika holds an MBA in Energy and Sustainability and a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Under the guidance of environmental leaders Dr. Jay Beeks, Dr. Ron Biron, and Dr. Mike Mooiman, Erika researched the true price of natural disasters, weather migration, and cognitive environmental adaptation. During her graduate studies, Erika designed two eco-tech products of which she holds patents and is currently developing.
She has forecast experience from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England, forecasting at WTNH, NBC4 Philly, and WCBS New York on the east coast. She has also forecasted in CA, for KPIX and KCOY/KEYT. Erika has filled-in on Good Morning America and covered extreme weather on World News Tonight. She was 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 conducted an internship at NWS Oxnard, is a Skywarn Spotter for The National Weather Service and a member of The American Meteorological Society, 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.
Erika volunteers with local environmental and wildlife organizations. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jay, her dog Chloe, exercising, practicing yoga, watching all things sport, interior designing and connecting with friends and family…These days via zoom!