Meteorologist Drew Anderson has your accurate AccuWeather forecast all weekend on WFMZ.

Drew's a local, and he grew up watching 69 News.  He remembers watching WFMZ on snow days.  Not only did the station show his school district the quickest, but he loved their daytime programming.

That's about when Drew started doing the weather.

When Drew was in third grade, he and his family got to know a meteorologist at WTXF FOX29 in Philadelphia.  When Good Day Philadelphia would go on the road, the morning meteorologist let Drew do the weather with him. First down the shore and then in Drew's hometown of West Chester.

Fast forward a decade later, and Drew was at Penn State majoring in meteorology.

In his junior year, he interned at WGAL NBC8 in Lancaster and KYW CBS3 in Philadelphia.

At CBS3, he got to help Kathy Orr with her live weathers down the shore. 

In his senior year, he got to do the weather live on ESPN's College GameDay.

Throughout college, he worked as a mathematics teaching assistant, hosted a classic rock show on the campus' radio station, and programmed the school's dorm room movie channel.  He also worked as a Penn State weather camp counselor one summer.

After college, he returned to the top-rated station in the Harrisburg area to work as their weekend and noon news meteorologist. 

At WGAL, Drew photographed 100s of towns and featured them in the backgrounds of weather graphics.  He also reported live when weather became a news story.

Then, WGAL's competition WPMT FOX43 lured Drew across the Susquehanna River for morning weather.

After doing morning weather for a period of time, he started doing interactive community reports for the morning show. In these fun reports, Drew would interview people while roller skating around a rink, riding a bike, climbing a rock wall, and the list goes on.

He also took FOX43’s new wireless live report technology to new heights–literally.  Once, he reported live from a hot air balloon as it floated over Lancaster County. He also did live reports from moving trains, planes, boats, and cars!

In addition to his television work, Drew also serves the community through teaching.

He has done countless visits to local schools, Boy and Girl Scouts meetings, astronomical societies, and museums. In the Lehigh Valley, he has explained the how's and why's of weather at Nurture Nature Center in Easton and at Nockamixon State Park near Quakertown.

Drew also teaches college courses.  While he most frequently teaches the how's and why's of weather, he has also taught courses focused solely on severe weather, risk management, natural disasters, geology, earth science, geography, sustainability, weather that altered history, and communications.

To date, he has taught over forty courses in person and/or online. 

Drew taught many of those courses at Penn State Lehigh Valley.  These days, he teaches meteorology and earth science at West Chester University.  There, he does research in sustainability and science communication.

Known for his innovation in the classroom, several teaching with technology conferences brought Drew in to lead talks and workshops.  In 2017, Penn State awarded Drew with their teaching excellence award.

Before coming to WFMZ, Drew did the weather and co-anchored parts of the weekend morning news at WBNS CBS10, the top-rated channel in Columbus, Ohio.  

His time in Columbus culminated in a trip to Antarctica where he did sustainability research for West Chester University and climate reports for WBNS.

He also took cruise ship passengers on expeditions across coastal Antarctica to teach them about the earth science under their feet and right in front of their eyes.

Over the years, Drew has visited parts of every continent, every state, and every Canadian province to better understand weather patterns and geography.

Drew has the most sought-after television weather seal of approval: The American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal, an award from AccuWeather, and three Emmy nominations.

Drew looks forward to hearing from you at drew.anderson@wfmz.com.

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