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.
Of all the weather ‘events’ this troublesome winter, the ones this weekend will be the tamest. A few little disturbances in the atmosphere can brush by the area bringing a nuisance amount of snow.
The National Weather Service pegs snow amounts Monday at 4 to 6 inches, but anywhere from less than 3 inches south to perhaps an isolated 6+ inches could occur.
Will it ever stop? Many people wonder that, after a brutally cold and difficult January. Another round of snow will eyeball the Philadelphia area and decide to go for it.
This year, it is as bad for potholes as we have seen in years.
We had a lot of thawing to do after temperatures in the single numbers and below zero to start last week.
Three times in a week, snow and ice and rain pelt our tri-state area. This latest storm looks to bring all three precipitation types again today.
3 to 6 inches of snow could fall until a gradual changeover to rain overnight.
Saturday serves as a quiet transition day between Friday’s mild rain and Sunday’s cold wet. Computer models agree that wet weather moves in on Sunday, preceded by cloud cover early in the day.
The weather has taken on a few personality changes lately.
But before they end up on your plate, those canned cranberries take quite a journey. You may not realize it, but most get their start right here in our area.
The expected Arctic blast blowing through the area Sunday will keep it feeling below freezing all day and night.
The coldest air of the season rides out of Canada on strong winds and makes a too early and too long trip to the Delaware Valley.
The timing now brings in precipitation late on Tuesday and gone by early Thursday.
The heat isn’t just in the kitchen this summer.
When Sonny and Cher did it, it was the BEAT goes on. When a Bermuda high sings it, it is the HEAT goes on…and on and on.