Lauryn Ricketts is a Broadcast Meteorologist with StormTeam4 and WTOP 103.5FM and like many of her colleagues, she is no stranger to weather in the Washington, D.C. area. Originally from the Shenandoah Valley – more specifically, Winchester, Virginia – Lauryn has more than a decade of experience forecasting in or around the D.C. area.
Lauryn has wanted to study weather ever since she was a little girl. Always having a passion for science, she was captivated by weather charts, cloud patterns, severe weather events and even the stars at night. When people asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up, she promptly answered “a meteorologist,” and she has stuck with that goal ever since.
While attending college at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, she gained valuable experience working at WRIC under Chief Meteorologist John Bernier. That is when she got her first taste for broadcast meteorology.
Since then, she went on to work at WTTG in Washington, headed up the weather center at WHSV in Winchester as their Chief Meteorologist and also worked with the weather team’s at both WBFF and WMAR in Baltimore. More recently she worked with the biggest local television team of meteorologists at WJLA-ABC7, also in Washington, D.C.
During her role as Chief Meteorologist WHSV/TV3, she gained national recognition for her forecasting capabilities for “Snowmeggedon.” Both the December 2009 storm and the February 2010 storm individually dropped over 30” of snow on parts of the region, paralyzing the Mid-Atlantic. She has also had her hand in severe weather forecasting as well from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 that left parts of Virginia in ruins (including her forecast area of Richmond at the time) to the June 4, 2008 tornado outbreak that affected parts of the Shenandoah Valley and with several winter storms and summer storms while in Washington, D.C. (including the Derecho).
An avid D.C. sports fan and a true life-long Washington Redskins fan, Lauryn lives for not only for the weather, but for Washington sports. She grew up playing soccer and then eventually spent her collegiate years playing the game and her some of her adult life coaching area high schools. Being a huge sports fan allowed her to put her passions together of weather and sports and has been heard on local radio on 104.9/105.5 FM THE Bone with PJ Elliott as well as with 106.7 The Fan “Overtime with Bill Rohland” and “Kevin and Rock” giving the “Official Tailgating Weather Forecast.” Currently you can catch her on SiriusXM Fantasy Radio (Sirius 210 & XM 87) giving the “Tailgating Weather Forecast” for both NFL and MLB seasons.
While not watching the weather or sporting events, Lauryn enjoys good music, good beer and good company. She is also a huge supporter of our military and service members. She is a Virginia girl and resides there with her cat Fluffy.