Dan Tomaso Corporate Faculty (ENVS)
In 1997, Hurricane Danny inspired Dan to study meteorology when the storm caught his attention due to the name. As a native of Harrisburg, he watched the local weather for fun and learned as much as he could from evening newscasts on ABC27 with the StormTrack Team.
In 2003, a special broadcast on this channel featured ABC27’s Chuck Rhodes as a guest co-anchor, who further inspired Dan to pursue the study of meteorology. Dan was offered a part-time meteorology position at ABC27 in August 2009 and has worked at the station ever since.
Before starting full-time at ABC27, Dan studied meteorology at Penn State University from August 2008 to March 2015 in the Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. programs working for Dr. Raymond G. Najjar. During his time as a Penn State student, he would work at ABC27 mainly on weekends and during school breaks. In August 2013, Dan completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees in meteorology through the prestigious Penn State Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program. He was accepted into this program in the spring of 2011 and worked with Dr. Najjar on his thesis research titled, “Seasonal and Interannual Variability of the Upper Delaware Estuary Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Budgets”. This work is now part of a published manuscript in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.
Dan stepped away from Penn State in March 2015 to pursue his dream job in broadcast meteorology at ABC27 with a full-time on-air position. While his Ph.D. dissertation remains unfinished, he realized that his passion for forecasting and broadcasting in his hometown was the direction he needed to go for his career. Dan continues to broaden his weather and forecasting education as a broadcast meteorologist seal holder for the National Weather Association, a certification he received in February 2019.
Since the summer of 2022, Dan has enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the weather and oceanography with students at Harrisburg University! If you have an interest in meteorology or oceanography please send Dan an email! (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)