Maureen McCann knew she wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist since the age of 4, when Hurricane Gloria blew through her New England hometown. So, it's fitting that Maureen has landed in Central Florida, since it was a hurricane that sparked her interest in weather in the first place.

A native of Massachusetts, Maureen is happy to be back on the East Coast. She joined News 13 from KMGH in Denver. Beyond her work in-studio, she was often reporting live in blizzards and severe weather. In 2011, her storm chase adventures transformed into a 30-minute special, "Tracking Twisters," which was honored with an Emmy Award and a Colorado Broadcasters Association award.

Although Colorado's weather is drastically different than Florida's, Maureen is no stranger to 24-hour news. Before Denver, she spent several years in Texas at News 8 Austin, now Time Warner Cable News, which gave her experience with lengthy rounds of severe weather coverage. There, she also completed graduate coursework in Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Maureen graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. Her career began at WABI in Bangor, Maine, followed by WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y.

A Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society, Maureen is an active member within the organization, having served on the Board of Broadcast Meteorology where she helped award the CBM seals to her peers and organized the annual AMS Broadcast Conference.

Currently, Maureen is the AMS Commissioner on Professional Affairs. In this nationally recognized role, she oversees several boards and committees involving the Society’s certification programs, including the CBM seals. Maureen is also one of very few broadcasters to earn the prestigious Certified Consulting Meteorologist seal, or CCM. The CCM designation is issued by the Society to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information. CCMs must demonstrate exemplary qualities of character and devotion to high professional standards.

Locally, Maureen is a member of the Rotary Club of Baldwin Park. Anyone that knows her is aware that Huey Lewis and the News is her favorite band and she is a big fan of all the Boston sports teams. Her other interests include skiing, hot yoga, tennis, golf and running. She completed the Disney Marathon in 2010, and she's hoping that if she runs it again, the weather will be warmer; that was the year with record cold in Central Florida!