Melissa Nord is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and co-anchor on Wake Up Washington Saturday and Sunday mornings, and is also a meteorologist for WUSA 9 News at Noon. She is an advocate for inspiring others to be excited about science, and enjoys planning community events and visiting schools across the DC area to encourage STEM education.
Since joining the First Alert Weather Team in March 2016, Melissa has covered winter and severe weather events both in-studio and in the elements with Sheehy Storm Tracker 9. You can tell from her broadcasts that she is absolutely nuts about the science behind our weather. Notably, she explained the definition of "bombogenesis" while standing on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland during a blizzard and 50mph gusts of wind.
Before WUSA 9, Melissa was the weekend morning and evening meteorologist at LEX 18 in Lexington, Kentucky. There she covered significant winter storms, flooding and severe weather... including several back-to-back snow storms during Lexington's snowiest winter in more than 35 years. Melissa began her career in her home town of Atlanta, Georgia as a weather producer and graphics meteorologist for The Weather Channel.
Melissa attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the top public universities in the country, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. While in college, she interned at The Weather Channel, WSB-TV, and WAGA-TV. Melissa also had the opportunity to intern with the National Weather Service forecast office serving the Atlanta area, during which she worked on a collaborative research study to explore methods to increase warning lead time during tornadic severe weather events.
Melissa earned the coveted Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) certification from the American Meteorological Society and is also a member of the National Weather Association. She serves on the STEM Advisory Council for the Children's Science Center in Northern Virginia.
Melissa and her husband Ben live in northern Virginia. They have a German Shepherd Mix dog named Buzz, adopted from Wolfe Trapp Animal Rescue and named after the Georgia Tech mascot. They also have a cat, Emma, whom they adopted many years ago at a shelter in Atlanta. When not focused on the weather, Melissa enjoys cooking and spending time with family.