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 indicted 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.
One of the six victims is 52-year-old Roseline Conteh, a mother of nine who loved her family and bargain hunting – a pastime that led her to go shopping on a beautiful Wednesday morning in Philadelphia.
Victim Juanita Harmin loved to travel and shop. She is the mother of four grown sons and a retired secretary from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Even with the quiet weekend here, many are already thinking about coming weather system that might pay a visit midweek.
Impressive snowfall totals are likely with the Nor’easter heading here overnight and thru the morning hours on Friday.
A coastal low (okay, a Nor’easter) looks to be eyeing the East Coast, and it’s packing a variety of weather conditions.
When it comes to weather, first and foremost, remember that it is early February.
The weather needs a new calendar. It’s acting like April even though we are deep into winter.
We barely get one weather system out of here before the next one eyes us.
The weekend snow started to the west of Philadelphia Saturday morning, after falling aloft and evaporating before reaching the ground.
Our carousel of lows and highs continue to spin through the area.
Strong and dangerous Sandy keeps churning up the coast and is now starting the turn to the left.
It seems like New Jersey is more than the Garden State — it is the Tattoo State, too.
Could it be that dogs and their people are more alike than we even thought?
Or so the song goes. Alright the weekend is over, you’re probably not in the best mood and waking up to 25 degrees doesn’t help. BUT and it is a big but (come on, that’s not what I meant!) it will be above freezing for the afternoon.
Don’t get me wrong; I love high pressure systems. They are calm and collected and ready to please. But, sometimes, this time of the year, they can be positioned to drag down a lot of cold air. We’ve got that right now.
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