I love being involved at Innovative Weather! Here I’m doing training support for our students, working a couple of forecast shifts each week, and offering outreach programs for schools and other community groups… Weather and history have fascinated me since my boyhood in the Chicago area. I majored in engineering applied mathematics at Northwestern University, and then came to Wisconsin where I completed my M.S. (1981) in meteorology at UW-Madison. I moved to Milwaukee in 1982 to work as an on-air meteorologist at WITI-TV (FOX 6). During my 28 years at FOX 6, I taught meteorology to UW-Milwaukee undergraduates, and to elementary school students in the UWM "College for Kids" program. I also worked on certification as a high school earth science and math teacher, and gave literally hundreds of educational science talks. In 2010 I began my exciting full-time teaching career here at UWM, where I’m currently a senior lecturer in atmospheric science and math, and serving as president of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
My name is Sara Bemis, and I graduated from UWM last year with a Bachelors degree in atmospheric science - amidst the pandemic! I am originally from the Sheboygan County area, and storms have always fascinated me. I grew up working at my parents greenhouse business, so I also have a love for taking care of herbs, vegetables, succulents, and flowers. Science has always been one of my favorite subjects, so meteorology came naturally to me with my love of storms and the desire to learn about how and why different weather phenomena are possible. Whenever I get the opportunity to go on a storm chase, I am in complete awe of the atmospheric processes at work, as well as the beauty of it all. I am currently pursuing a career with the National Weather Service, while also exploring opportunities with private weather forecasting organizations. In my free time I enjoy listening to music, spending time with family and friends, disc golfing, and traveling.
Born in Massachusetts but I was raised mainly in southeast Wisconsin in Port Washington. As a kid I always loved watching the Weather Channel for the local on the 8s along with watching weather forecasts from local news stations to see if I could wear short sleeves for recess at school. My desire to know more about weather grew from a plethora of fear of severe weather experiences. Now, I find severe weather awesome and fascinating, and even enjoy storm chasing when I get the chance. I started college at Milwaukee School of Engineering to study mechanical engineering which helped me realize that I all I wanted was to study Atmospheric Science, so I transferred to UW-Milwaukee. I joined Innovative Weather the Summer/Fall of 2019. Along with meteorology, I also enjoy playing sports such as volleyball and ultimate frisbee; and watching football and basketball.
I’ve been interested in meteorology for a long time, partly due to a lifelong interested in aviation, and as a lover of nature. I chose to attend UWM to study climate change and weather forecasting, and the Innovative Weather center is a tremendous opportunity to kick-start a career in the field. After completing my degree I hope to work for the National Weather Service as an operational forecaster! I grew up in Evanston, Illinois. I received my Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in Economics and Political Science. I then went on to join the U.S. Navy, where I served on-board the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, and deployed to Italy, Turkey, Bahrain, and Qatar. I enjoy the outdoors, Lake Michigan, hiking, biking and am a certified SCUBA diver.