Matt Lanza has been interested in weather ever since he was a kid growing up on the South Jersey shore. One of his first memories as a child came at the ripe age of three, watching his father tape up the windows of their home in preparation for Hurricane Gloria in 1985. He proudly delivered weather forecasts to his peers in Kindergarten and continued providing forecasts and furthering his interest in the science through grade school and high school. Matt attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Meteorology.
Shortly after graduation, Matt took a job doing part-time behind the scenes weather producing and the occasional Sunday morning on-air forecast for WSYR-TV (then known as WIXT) in Syracuse, NY. Matt moved down I-90 to Utica, NY in 2005, where he served as an on-air meteorologist for WKTV through early 2009. Highlights there included forecasting and covering the 2007 Valentine's Day blizzard, as well as developing the WKTV Weather Blog, which became, and still is, a go-to source for weather information for Central New Yorkers.
In 2009, Matt left WKTV for sunny Southern California, where he worked as a meteorologist for Southern California Edison through early 2011, producing weather forecasts to help the company determine its daily and future energy needs for its customers. Matt currently works for a major investment bank, preparing weather forecasts for many cities nationwide. He still enjoys writing about and studying weather in his free time away from work. Matt resides with his wife in Jacksonville, FL but his family still lives in South Jersey, and he is always well aware of the weather in the Delaware Valley and has been a die-hard Phillies fan since the mid 80s.
Matt will post commentary to Phillyweather.net about some of the whys and hows of weather events, both locally and nationally, as well as occasional educational posts on why certain things happen and how they work.
email: Matt (at) Phillyweather.net