- WGAL News 8Meteorologist
Dr. John Scala joined the News 8 Storm Team in July 2005 as their weekend meteorologist. Viewers can watch Dr. Scala when he fills in for the full time staff or during special storm team coverage.
Dr. Scala is also a private weather consultant in addition to his on-air work. He prepares expert opinions for criminal and civil litigation including cases of personal injury, questionable death, storm-related damage and insurance fraud.
Previously, Dr. Scala held a tenure-track faculty appointment at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005, and served as the Associate Director of Millersville’s Center for Disaster Research and Education. He was employed by The Weather Channel between 1998-2002 as their Meteorology Training Coordinator and first on-camera Storm Analyst.
Dr. Scala began his professional career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he focused on the observation, and numerical modeling of storms. Dr. Scala holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He earned the nationally recognized Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation by the American Meteorological Society in 2011.
Dr. Scala served as the 2008 President of the National Weather Association, a professional nonprofit organization with nearly 3000 members dedicated to excellence in weather forecasting, communication and service. He serves on the Committee on Societal Impacts of Weather and Climate, as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as Treasurer after two successive terms as a Councilor. Dr. Scala received the National Weather Association’s Member of the Year Award in 2009.
Dr. Scala is also a member of the American Meteorological Society where he serves on the Board of Continuing Professional Development, the American Geophysical Union, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Dr. Scala wrote an invited chapter on forensic meteorology which appeared in the second edition of CRC Press’s number one best seller, Forensic Entomology, published in July 2009.
Dr. Scala is often asked to address insurance underwriters, claims adjusters and special investigators, first responders, and emergency managers, as well as public schools and community service organizations on storm damage, severe weather awareness and disaster preparedness. He maintains a close working relationship with the National Weather Service by collaborating on research projects designed to improve operational forecasting as well as assisting in site surveys of tornado and severe storm damage. Dr. Scala consulted with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association where he developed curricular-based materials for integrating service learning, scientific knowledge, and emergency response and preparedness activities. You can email Dr. Scala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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