They work closely with NECN weather host Danielle Niles, herself a 2008 graduate of the UMass Lowell Meteorology program.
According to Niles
, a Weymouth native, most people don't realize that TV meteorologists not only develop all the forecasts themselves, but also make the graphics, such as the moving maps, before they deliver the forecast.
Niles, who has forecasted for NECN since 2008, holds a bachelor's degree in atmospheric sciences from UMass Lowell.
says a lot more goes on behind the scenes than what the viewer sees.
"Growing up as a little girl, I watched thunderstorms," Niles
In a profession where women have long been outnumbered, Oakland, Jaffe and Niles
was one of three women in her
graduating class of eight meteorologists in 2008.
"Growing up, it was a lot of male meteorologists, but things have evened out pretty well," she