Meteorologist Carol Erickson is one of the market’s most versatile television personalities. Erickson first came to CBS 3 in 1978 as a weathercaster, serving as weekend news anchor and New Jersey beat reporter before leaving the station at the end of 1984. Erickson rejoined CBS 3’s news team in August, 1991 and now forecasts weather for both CBS 3 and The CW Philly in addition to serving as a reporter for the stations. She can also be heard forecasting weather on KYW Newsradio.
Erickson began her career in broadcasting at Tucson, Arizona’s KOLD-TV as a weathercaster and reporter. Later, she moved on to WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas where she served as news reporter, weathercaster and talk show host until joining CBS 3 the first time.
Erickson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona. She has also earned a Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and holds a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seal from the AMS, considered the gold standard of accreditation in her field. She also holds a certificate of approval for her weather forecasts from the National Weather Association (NWA) and served on its Seal Evaluation Committee helping to select candidates across the nation seeking the NWA seal.
Active in the community, Erickson is a passionate advocate for family pets and other animals. She often includes “pet advisories” in her weather forecasts, and reports on animal-related stories. For years, she has also hosted the popular “Ask the Vet” segment with Dr. Jerry Geffen which airs on Eyewitness News Sunday mornings. Erickson earned a diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling – Canine Behavior from the American Institute for Animal Science, now the American College of Applied Science.
In 2007, she was awarded the Pennsylvania SPCA Media All-Star Award for her stories on animals and for calling attention to the plight of animals. In 2008, she was an Honoree at the PSPCA Good Dogs Gala for her efforts with shelter animals. In 2010, Erickson was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in recognition of her body of work in the field of broadcasting. In 2012, she was awarded the Dog’s Best Friend award from the Philadelphia Kennel Club at the National Dog Show.
Recently, Erickson expanded her media career by publishing a children’s book, “Not A Used Dog, At All,” a book encouraging adoption of shelter dogs. The book, released by AuthorHouse, is available at http://www.NotAUsedDogAtAll.com. Profits from the book benefit animal shelters and rescue groups locally. The book was also placed on the recommended summer reading list for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and won Best Children’s Book from the Dog Writers Association of America in 2011.
Erickson has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards for weather anchoring, writing and spot news reporting. In 2004, she won an Emmy for “Carol’s Story,” her courageous reports on her personal battle with breast cancer. The series generated enormous public response and her online diary of her experiences is still available online. Erickson also won two additional Emmy Awards for anchoring/hosting the telecast of the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. Erickson also volunteers her time locally to support the Race held each Mother’s Day in Philadelphia.
A native of Seattle, Washington, Erickson has also lived in Oregon, California, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania, but made the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey her home. She resides in Burlington County with assorted animals. She has a married daughter who is an attorney.
Connect with Carol Erickson on Twitter @CarolCBS3 and on Facebook at Carol Erickson’s Pet Page.
Where are we? In San Diego? Temperatures and weather conditions on Saturday were perfect. Today, just about as nice.
We got to 79 in Philadelphia today, a very welcome 79, the first warm day of the year.
After being blown sideways on Saturday with winds that reached almost 40 miles an hour, the weather calms down today.
35 miles-an-hour is also the level of our wind speeds this Saturday.
Expect from 1 to 3 inches of rain in our area, with a flood watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.
The last weekend of winter brought a glimpse of spring for the first day and a definite return to the cold season by Sunday.
Let’s load our plate with a taste of spring weather today and go back for seconds.
By Sunday night, after a brief changeover to sleet, snow begins falling.
It might be meteorological spring today, but everything else points to the dead of winter.
One last day of the delicious taste of spring before a bitter taste of winter returns this week.
The weekend we have waited for too long is here! Sunshine and temperatures in the 50’s will be easy to get used to.
As winter snow melts on the ground, the atmosphere overhead is acting like it’s springtime!
Mostly dry today. And while the weather starts quietly on Monday, it ends up getting messy by late Monday night and early Tuesday.
Sore backs in the Delaware Valley get a mild stretching exercise today. Yes, more shoveling, especially north and west, but the lifting won’t be nearly as heavy as the Valentine Eve storm.
A little Alberta clipper has a Sunday afternoon trip planned for the Delaware Valley. It is packing light, with a relatively measly 1–3″ of snow expected.