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.
Play Dusty for Me! Wait, isn’t it Play Misty for Me? Of course it is. But misty is the weather this morning, which makes it perfect to play dusty inside your house.
Get outside! You and the great outdoors will benefit from spending time together.
Summer is moving on and plans to be packed up completely by Monday night.
Thousands of Philadelphia area hairdressers in unison pressed hard on the nozzles of their extra heavy duty hair spray canisters on Saturday in a show of support for humid weather.
A young man fighting cancer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has become a YouTube sensation. His covers of two songs by rapper Jay Z are helping to shine light on the daily difficulties faced by cancer patients.
Wouldn’t you know it, just in time for his mom’s famous tofu burgers on the grill, gloomy Curtis Cloud returns to celebrate the holiday weekend.
A CBS 3 viewer had to be put in time out for complaining about Saturday’s cloudy and rainy weather.
This weekend the Old Gal seems to be in party mode or maybe she just wants to see everyone in modest swim suits and immodest Speedos.
Only one or two (okay maybe three) other lousy showers might show up today, the ones who didn’t get the memo that this is the weekend.
Come on, Weather. This isn’t fair, dealing with your issues!
The weather might need a time out this weekend, considering the chances of some stronger storms for Sunday.
No break for these two in this weekend matchup.
The Cloud family will be unpacking its bag over the Delaware Valley today. Let’s see what is in their suitcase.
Don’t put away those sunglasses at night for the next few nights – we have SuperMoon looking down at us.
America celebrated a birthday on Friday and the icing on that cake comes the next few days with the weekend weather.