AEP’s newest meteorologist, Myranda Fullerton, says most weather enthusiasts get hooked at a young age — and she’s no exception. For Myranda, it was the blizzard of 1993 that captured her attention after it dumped 25+ inches of snow on her hometown of Pittsburgh. She’s been watching the sky ever since.
After spending nearly 15 years working with organizations like Southwest Airlines and the U.S. National Weather Service, Myranda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our meteorology team. In her role at AEP, she helps forecast the weather and assess its impact on the electrical grid.
“There’s a lot to take into consideration as I monitor potential weather threats and if they could cause power outages for our customers,” Myranda said. “Weather is also becoming increasingly unpredictable, which can make my job more challenging.”
When severe weather is on the radar, she stays in close contact with AEP’s storm coordinators to assess weather threats and their potential impacts on our service territory. This work helps us better position crews and equipment ahead of the weather to speed up restoration efforts. For example, Myranda and her team look closely at areas that are heavily forested where high winds could potentially bring down trees, causing damage to our electric poles and equipment.
The weather reports produced by the AEP meteorology team go beyond a typical forecast — helping our team get an in-depth look at what to expect and how best to prepare. We also use this information to help alert our customers and community partners if severe weather could cause power outages in their area.
“I take a lot of pride in my job. I know customers depend on us to keep the power on, and anything I can do to help crews and customers prepare for severe weather is really important.”