Meteorologist, Capital Weather Gang Education: Harvard University, B.A. Atmospheric Sciences
Matthew Cappucci is a meteorologist for Capital Weather Gang. He earned a B.A. in atmospheric sciences from Harvard University in 2019, and has contributed to The Washington Post since he was 18.
A Cape Cod native, Cappucci's fascination of weather traces all the way back to when he was 2 years old and trying to pronounce "wind meter." At 7, he saved his money to purchase a video camera, routinely running outdoors during summertime thunderstorms to capture bolts of lightning on film. When he was 14, Cappucci became the youngest-ever presenter at the American Meteorological Society, where he delivered an abstract on "outflow boundary-related waterspouts."
Cappucci matriculated to Harvard in 2015, where he designed and implemented the first undergraduate education in atmospheric sciences. His course load required dual enrollment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While in college, Cappucci began freelancing with the Capital Weather Gang during his sophomore year.
An avid adventurer, Cappucci logged over 120,000 miles during his senior year, including travels on the Great Plains to intercept tornadoes, trips to China to deliver presentations on weather and a jaunt to Chile for a total solar eclipse. When not in the office, Cappucci can be found staring at the sky, hopping aboard an airplane or chasing the next storm.