It was an extraordinary, traumatic September 2018 for Jamie Arnold when Hurricane Florence’s track continued to change rapidly but eventually made a direct hit in northeast South Carolina and the coast of North Carolina. Ask Arnold how he prepares himself to deliver the weather during threatening storms, and how he and his staff reconcile, both physically and emotionally, after experiencing a monster storm like Hurricane Florence.
It was one of the worst hurricanes in U.S. history that fueled the fire in Meteorologist Jamie Arnold. Hurricane Hugo slammed into Jamie’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, when he was just a youngster. From that day forward, Arnold knew he would be dedicated to forecasting storms. He now provides the weekday evening forecast on WMBF News, northeast South Carolina Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas.
Arnold majored in both atmospheric science and geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Wanting to know more about weather, he continued his education at UMC Charlottte with a master’s degree focusing on severe storm forecasting and lightning in the Carolinas.
His first job was as a weather producer at the NBC affiliate in Charlotte covering the Greenville/Washington/New Berne area of North Carolina. Arnold said he learned the ropes of television weather business and honed his skills as an eventual television meteorologist and soon learned first-hand experience in covering the worst weather the Carolinas have to offer. Arnold covered local weather for the 2018 Hurricane Florence that hit the Carolinas’ coastline and kept his viewers informed about the hurricane winds when it hit and also flooding that occurred after the storm.
In 2011, Jamie Arnold was awarded the Best Weathercast by the South Carolina Associated Press.