Ann Lockard, a native West Virginian, joins the StormTracker 59 team as a part-time meteorologist. She started her life in the Kanawha Valley and later moved to the coalfields. Ann joined the StormTracker 59 team in January 2020.
Ann has distinguished herself academically in her fields of expertise. She holds an Associate of Arts with honors from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a minor in Meteorology, summa cum laude, from Marshall University, and will be graduating with a Master of Arts in Geography degree in May 2021, with distinction, from Marshall University. Ann has also provided public communications training to the meteorologists at NWS Charleston WV and is a National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
As a lifelong resident of our region, she has experienced first-hand historic weather events such as the 2012 “Superderecho”, as well as watched real-time as severe weather impacts unfolded for her neighbors and friends, such as the catastrophic flooding in 2016. Her family will tell you, though, that she has talked about the weather since she was in kindergarten. During the Blizzard of ’93, she recalls walking to the mailbox in the deep snow and a sudden blue flash illuminating her vision, then a peal of thunder. This first experience with thundersnow was one of many events that inspired her respect for, and fascination with, the power of nature.
Ann’s passion is to communicate weather hazards effectively to make people safer. She worked as a student volunteer with the National Weather Service office in Charleston, West Virginia during the summer of 2019, working over 150 hours. On-shift the evening of the June 24, 2019 Charleston tornado, Ann has proven hands-on, real-time experience with severe weather. Other weather passions of hers include climatology and forensic meteorology.
Ann’s hobbies include gardening, hiking, metal-detecting, and crochet, but she’s always getting into something new. Ann, her husband, and their two children live in Boone County with their four cats and two ferrets.