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Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Pa. native Erica Grow to join WUSA weather team


Erica Grow (News8 WTNH)
Meteorologist Erica Grow, who grew up in Bethlehem, Pa, will join Topper Shutt, Howard Bernstein and Anny Hong as part of WUSA9’s weather team this September.

Grow is leaving a gig at the ABC affiliate in New Haven, WTNH.

“My hours were cut back to part-time at WTNH and the new job is a full-time one,” Grow told the Hartford Courant. “While I had planned to stay in Connecticut longer, Washington D.C. will be a return to the big, big market. ”

Prior to the position in New Haven, Grow had worked in Philadelphia as a weekend meteorologist from 2007 to 2009 at the ABC affiliate (6 Action News where, strangely, her bio still appears) as well as in Harrisburg, and Odessa, TX (in 2003).

Link: Eric Grow WPLR radio interview upon arriving in New Haven (video)

Grow graduated from Penn State in 2002 with a degree in meteorology.

She shows off her writing and meteorological chops in freshly posted article on Isaac’s possible effects on New England this weekend. Excerpt:

The slowly-meandering of Tropical Storm Isaac has made it difficult for our forecast models to predict its next move. Early in the week, it appeared that Isaac’s remnants might give us a messy Labor Day weekend, but as the week wore on and the storm remained nearly stationary, it became obvious that this was not going to happen.

Her interest in weather was fueled by snowstorms as a child. The radio station WHP580 (out of Harrisburg, Pa.), where she provided forecasts, writes:

As a kid growing up in the Lehigh Valley, Erica used to wander outside in the middle of a snowstorm, yardstick in hand, trying to make accurate snowfall measurements.

Grow seems excited about the opportunity to work in Washington.

“aaaaahhhhhh I can’t wait! DC is the new Philly :-),” she posted to Twitter today.

Grow is the second big new acquisition by local weather teams. Earlier this month, Lisa de Moraes reported former CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras joined WJLA, D.C.’s ABC7 affiliate.

Links: Erica Grow on Facebook and Twitter

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