Sophia Timba | October 12, 2023
Formulate the Forecast
Stacey Pensgen ’07 fulfilled her dream of becoming a meteorologist for the Rochester community following her lifelong passion for the weather.
While some will recognize Stacey Pensgen ’07 as one of the top figure skaters in the United States in the early 2000s, nowadays, she’s better known in the Rochester as our local meteorologist for WHEC News 10.
“I knew that I wanted to be a meteorologist from probably 11 or 12,” Pensgen said. “My first half of my life was figure skating, and I knew when I was done with that I wanted to do weather.”
Once Pensgen stopped competing, she moved back to her hometown of Rochester where she applied to Brockport’s meteorology program to set forth on a new career path. She still remembers sitting in her Synoptic I class as Dr. Scott Rochette explained the intricacies of meteorology to her for the first time.
“That was really the first class that introduced you to weather and how it works, why it works. It was just the most fascinating class for me,” Pensgen said. “From that point on I was sold, and I knew that this is what I was going to do.”
From there, everything fell into place.
Pensgen went on to complete a meteorology internship with a local news station, which led directly to her first job as a television meteorologist.
“The first time I was on air, I thought I was going to pass out,” Pensgen joked. “I didn’t. I made it through. And each and every day has gotten easier and easier. And now it’s just doing what I love — talking about the weather.”
“Each and every day has gotten easier and easier. And now it’s just doing what I love — talking about the weather.”
Serving as a local meteorologist, Pensgen spends a lot of time off the screen putting her skills in math and science she honed at Brockport to use planning her forecast.
“A lot of viewers think that we come in and we have our forecast laid out for us and we read a teleprompter. None of that is true,” Pensgen said. “We put together our own forecasts every single day, and we don’t read a word off of the prompter.”
17 years into her meteorology career, Pensgen’s passion for forecasting the weather hasn’t faded. She continues to strive for more accurate forecasts every single day because she loves to serve the community she calls home.
“I love being a meteorologist here in Rochester, and I would be thrilled if I could do this here for the rest of my life,” Pensgen said.