I’m Jackie Chimiak. I am from a small town in western NC called Morganton. I have lived in Camp Lejeune, NC and Pensacola as well because my Dad was a Navy Diver and Navy Doc. When I graduated Freedom High School in 2010 I decided to attend the Naval Academy where I would major in Oceanography. At the Academy I participate in the Marathon Team and have ran the Boston Marathon twice with a personal best of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Last summer I was given the opportunity to participate in the RIMPAC internship at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. We collected buoy data from Hawaii to track Sea Surface Height during the RIMPAC evolution.
I have always been interested in weather so being able to participate in USNA’s SWIFT program is an honor. Since I was able to walk, I always enjoyed being outside, and with being outside I was able to observe weather at an early age. I viewed daily sun showers that were a blessing in disguise on a hot and humid summer day. I witnessed a bright and cloud-free day, shortly turn into one with ominous black clouds that spit out lightning and cracks of thunder within a matter of minutes. I was involved in about ten hurricanes where I would run outside during the eye of the storm despite angry parents dragging me back inside. And I also had the luxury of viewing the phenomenon of water spouts off the coast in the Florida Keys. Weather has always been around me and I have always managed to be an excited, prime witness of its remarkable power.
We are departing in 8 days and I could not be more excited. Hope you guys will follow our trip and enjoy the daily posts!