Indra Petersons is “New Day’s” meteorologist on CNN in New York City, covering the nation’s weather. You’ll also find her throughout CNN’s programs reporting on how science impacts the latest news ranging from the latest earthquake, a recent asteroid, dangerous air turbulence to a focus on how ocean currents and depth can affect the search for flight MH370.
In a major weather event, you’ll find Indra reporting in the elements. She broadcasts during extreme weather conditions ranging from the dangerous cold to extreme heat. Petersons also covers the impacts from devastating tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding.
A Los Angeles native, her passion for weather started at a very young age. Indra was determined to spend her life educating others about the amazing nature and dangers of the weather. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Physics as well as minors in math, physics and business.
Petersons is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a distinguished designation by the American Meteorological Society. Meteorologists with this seal have passed a written exam testing their understanding of weather and forecasting. Their on-air work is also reviewed by a team of AMS experts who rate their ability to communicate critical weather information to their audience. She is a professional member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) as well as the National Weather Association (NWA).
Prior to CNN, Indra was a meteorologist and weather producer at KABC in Los Angeles. In addition to covering weather, Indra was also an environmental and general assignment reporter. Her stories were featured on “ABC World News Tonight” as well as “Good Morning America”. Petersons previously worked as a meteorologist and reporter at KEYT in Santa Barbara, CA as well as KVIA in El Paso, Texas.
In 2011, Petersons was voted by the public as the best meteorologist on the Los Angeles Hotlist. In her free time, you can find her chasing storms in tornado alley and traveling around the world, having already gone diving with great white sharks in Africa and sandboarding on the dunes of Peru. Indra has explored the deep Amazon, celebrated Holi in the streets of Delhi, India, and rode camelback in the deserts of Jordan to name a few.
Indra’s heritage is Latvian. She speaks fluent Latvian and spent her childhood learning about the country’s unique history including their native folksongs and dances. Yes, she can polka dance. Although Indra is a common Latvian name, she later learned that her name coincidentally is also the name of the Hindu warrior Indra: god of weather, sky, rain and thunder. Be careful what you name your kids!