Where hasn’t Meteorologist Drew Anderson been live?
Armed with wireless technology, Drew got to report live from a hot air balloon, a moving train, a rising bucket truck, a speeding car, a moving ferry, a NASA rocket launch in Florida, and the list goes on…
If you think all of those places are unique, so are his community reports. He has done entire interviews while roller skating around a track, riding a bike, and climbing a rock wall.
When you saw Drew doing weather on FOX43, his regular role, his forecasts were friendly and engaging.
Known for accurate forecasting, Drew has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval from The American Meteorological Society, an award from AccuWeather, and an Emmy nomination for excellence in weather reporting.
Viewers in central and eastern Pennsylvania have seen Drew’s forecasts for close to a decade and viewers from all across the United States have even seen his forecasts.
He did a live forecast on ESPN’s College GameDay, a forecast on Groundhog Day next to Punxsutawney Phil for PBS, and live snowstorm analysis on The Weather Channel.
As Drew spoke on The Weather Channel, thunder roared from the snowstorm, which really, really excited their field reporter. This lead to the interview going viral, and it even appeared on ABC’s late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Drew “hails” from Pennsylvania (how could we not use that pun?), and he loves sharing Pennsylvania’s beautiful communities in the backgrounds of his weather graphics. He began this tradition at WGAL in Lancaster, and over the years, he has photographed local landmarks by the hundreds!
Every weekend viewers got their forecast from him on News 8 Today Weekend, and they watched him during the week on News 8 at Noon. He also did environmental and weather reporting and a lot of behind-the-scenes work for the News 8 Storm Team.
After working with the talented crew at WGAL for a few great years, Drew wanted to take on a bigger challenge. So, he went up the road to the NBC in Wilkes-Barre, home of the widest viewing–and forecasting–area east of the Mississippi River.
It takes nearly three hours to drive across the viewing area, so one general forecast doesn’t cut it for northeastern and central Pennsylvania viewers. Every weekend on Eyewitness News, Drew gave regional forecasts for the mountain areas, the valleys, and for all the microclimates in between.
He would do these forecasts from the station’s rooftop set and from places outside of the studio. The Poconos Raceway gets his vote for the most fun live weather location.
During the week, he would write, produce and anchor the station’s daily lifestyles show, PALive! On the show, he’d not only help chefs cook, but a few times, he went all Food Network and did the cooking by himself.
If he wasn’t busy enough, he’d work at FOX43 on his days off from WBRE. After doing that for a few years, he realized how much missed Lancaster County and the rest of the lower Susquehanna Valley. So, he started doing weather five-days-a-week for FOX43.
Then, he added community reporting to his morning show schedule. Drew loves showcasing our small businesses, places you didn’t know about, and people making a difference in our community.
On his time off from FOX43, Drew serves the community through teaching. He substitutes at local high and middle schools, has meteorology night classes for adult learners, and lectures at West Chester University and Penn State Lehigh Valley.
Over the years, he has taught and designed classes in introductory meteorology, weather and risk, physical geography, Earth science, natural disasters, and community relations.
His innovation with online teaching got noticed by his peers, and he was asked by a few conferences to share his strategies and advice.
Penn State Lehigh Valley awarded Drew with their excellence in teaching award in 2017.
They must have heard stories about his classes: suddenly, Drew will pull out props, jump on desks, or do an out-of-the-norm demonstration.
He’ll do anything to get students excited about science, including bringing them in food. Students in his meteorology class get popcorn, cotton candy, marshmallows, and soda. See, he creates hands-on experiments with food or other household items to help students connect to class topics.
Drew also does his science demonstrations for Boy and Girl Scouts, museums, and elementary schools so that he can excite younger students about meteorology, too.
When he was a student, he earned all the credits needed for his Bachelor of Science in meteorology, communications minor, and information sciences and technology minor in just three and a half years at Penn State. He was the first Penn State student to get two communications minors, according to an adviser in the College of Communications. His own college, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, made him a laureate graduate.
Drew had other titles at Penn State, including program director (of the University’s premium movie channel), mathematics teaching assistant, and weather camp counselor.
Though, his favorite title was intern.
CBS3 in Philadelphia spoiled him: he went down the shore and to backyard barbecues to watch the on-air meteorologists do live weather. WGAL in Lancaster also took good care of him as an intern, and they taught him a lot about forecasting.
Besides TV, Drew has written weekly weather articles for newspapers in northeastern Pennsylvania and hosted music shows on radio stations in central and eastern Pennsylvania. Many radio stations in Pennsylvania have also aired his forecasts, including WMGK in Philadelphia.
Drew has also done some interesting things outside of Pennsylvania. He has chased tornadoes, done the weather in Tornado Alley, designed the severe weather policy at a TV station in New York, given the forecast in French at a TV station seen in Canada, anchored breaking news, done traffic reporting, and got behind-the-scenes access to a NASA rocket launch.
Outside of work, Drew has done some unique things.
Even though he is a vegetarian, he has judged a Kansas City Barbecue Society in the past, had a small role in a low-budget vampire movie, run from mock explosion as an extra in a Bollywood movie, scared people as a monster at a local haunted hayride, held a world record for an hour at the World’s Largest Ball of Paint, visited all fifty states three times, and seen parts of every continent but Antarctica.