Juliana Mejia joined the WINK News team as a Bilingual Meteorologist in June of 2022. She grew up in the Chicagoland area and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.

While still in college, during the summer leading into her senior year, she worked part-time as an on-air meteorologist for KCCI Des Moines, IA.

For her senior capstone research project, she and her collaborators studied the psychological attunement and understanding of extreme weather of the Hispanic/Latinx communities in the United States. They successfully expanded the scope of their research beyond the class project, obtaining two significant research grants to conduct paid surveys of over 1000 Spanish speakers nationwide. This research is her passion project as it is the crossroads of her personal and professional goals of improving weather communication for one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.

Their research was accepted for presentation at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 49th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology/Sixth Conference on Weather Warnings and Communication in June of 2022.

Being one of the few minority students in her class in the School of Meteorology, Juliana hopes to inspire young students and see more minorities in STEM and meteorology in the future.

Her other interests include staying active by working out, spending time outdoors, rock-climbing, singing, playing ukulele or piano, reading, watercolor painting, and traveling!

Wet Thursday morning leads to more isolated storms

Due to the continuation of onshore flow with winds out of the southwest, isolated storms will develop along the coast throughout the morning, strengthening into the afternoon while tracking east and dissipating by the evening.

Morning showers transition into Wednesday afternoon storms

Showers and storms are expected to begin in the mid-morning, particularly to the south in Collier County, before continuing to develop up along the coast into Lee County by the late morning. Storms will continue on and off until the late afternoon.

Isolated storms roll in Monday afternoon

The majority of Southwest Florida will enjoy a mix of sun and clouds until a few showers form well inland around 1 p.m., eventually developing into isolated storms near the coast and I-75 throughout the afternoon and evening.

Invest 91-L upgraded to Tropical Depression 2

The summer pattern has fully kicked in with most of the region warm temperatures and rain. Yesterday, Fort Myers recorded an afternoon high of 90° and today the highs across the area will be very similar to what we saw yesterday.