Lauryn Ricketts is a meteorologist with Storm Team 4 and contributes to 103.5 WTOP radio weekday mornings.
A native of Winchester, Ricketts has always had a passion for science, telling people she wanted to be a meteorologist since she was a young girl. She studied at Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Va.
Ricketts served as chief meteorologist at WHSV in Winchester and also worked at WRIC in Richmond, at WTTG and WJLA in Washington, and at WMAR and WBFF in Baltimore.
While at WHSV/TV3, Ricketts gained national recognition for her forecasting capabilities for “Snowmeggedon.” Both the December 2009 storm and the February 2010 storm individually dropped over 30” of snow on parts of the region, paralyzing the Mid-Atlantic.
She has also had her hand in severe weather forecasting as well from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 that left parts of Virginia in ruins (including her forecast area of Richmond at the time) to the June 4, 2008 tornado outbreak that affected parts of the Shenandoah Valley and with several winter storms and summer storms while in Washington, D.C. (including the Derecho).
An avid D.C. sports fan and a true life-long Washington Redskins fan, Ricketts played soccer in college then coached for area high schools. As an expert in sports and weather, Ricketts began reporting on both for 104.9/105.5 FM THE Bone with PJ Elliott as well as with 106.7 The Fan “Overtime with Bill Rohland” and “Kevin and Rock” giving the “Official Tailgating Weather Forecast.