Britta Merwin never imagined she would lead a brand new cutting edge weather program for FOX News. But for this former Air Force kid and veteran Coast Guard spouse, it’s a role she’s been preparing for all her life.
“I was the kid who watched the weather forecast all night,” she laughed. “I wanted to understand how it could be 80 degrees one day, but the next day we would have a foot of snow. These crazy things have been happening all the time in Colorado.
Merwin spent most of his childhood in Colorado Springs while his father was posted to the Air Force Academy. When a local meteorologist came to her school in second grade to give a presentation on the science of weather and her work, she got hooked. “I thought it was really cool. I wrote this dream letter to my mother to tell her that I was going to be a mother and a meteorologist, ”she smiled.
Although somewhat tempted to take her weather dreams to the Air Force as a meteorologist, it was not on Merwin’s radar. With grandparents, parents and uncles wearing the uniforms of several different military branches, this has always been a part of its life and history. “I basically grew up in a festival of military love,” she confessed.
Prior to signing with FOX in 2021, Merwin spent his early career doing weather on local and national networks. It was there that she would meet her future husband who was also a meteorologist at the time.
“I always said I would never marry someone in the military, but we had already fallen in love when he said to himself, ‘I want to join the Coast Guard. “I like to joke that I have been a dependent in the military longer than I have been a civilian.
In their first 12 months of marriage, her husband had left for 10 of them. Between his time on a large cutter and his selection at the Officer Candidate School, it was a long first year. Merwin shared the story of her leaving for OCS when she was eight weeks pregnant and their reunion at her commission shortly before she gave birth to their first child.
“It really makes you a strong person. I really feel like no matter what God gives me, I know I can get through it. He put certain things in my life that make me who I am, ”she added. Merwin also credited the support and close bond with his fellow Coastie co-workers for having successfully completed his first ongoing deployment. “It’s something that I really think is unique to the Coast Guard. ”
Her time as a child of the Air Force and the guidance of these spouses would prepare her for ongoing challenges. “I had to take three years out of my own career, just like most military spouses when we were on PCS and had our boys,” she explained.
After active service for five years, her husband left the Coast Guard in 2014 and became a stay-at-home dad. “In my head, it’s like I’m still in it because it’s just a natural part of my fiber. The structure of living a military life has definitely translated to me as an adult. I’m very organized, task-oriented and also I’m just geared towards your home being where your people are, ”she said.
For Merwin, it’s with her husband and boys. She had been working in the weather business in Houston for seven years when she got the call from FOX in early 2021. “It sounded like the dream opportunity. We have the backing of FOX, this huge network that supports you in terms of resources and global support. We are given the opportunity to build something from the bottom up, ”she explained.
FOX News Media announcement plans to launch a brand new FOX Weather streaming service and app in December 2020. According to the Press release, it features cutting-edge display technology and unmatched weather and forecast experts surrounding every major weather event, along with accurate local updates. Just hours after its debut, it was number one in the App Store for free downloads.
“Being able to attract all of these amazing people from different backgrounds to different parts of the country and give them something reliable and solid… it’s just a really exciting experience. I’m super excited about it and you can just feel the energy here [at FOX]”said Merwin.” We built something really special and unique. It’s a new way to get weather that no one really had access to before.
When the family packed their bags to New York for their new role at FOX Weather, they turned it into a military PCS operation. “I had separated the contactless room and the pizza delivery was scheduled for movers and everything that goes with a PCS. All of our stuff still has like three PCS stickers on it, ”she laughed.
While Merwin has always dreamed of becoming a mother and a national meteorologist, landing her groundbreaking role at FOX Weather is still awe-inspiring for the former military child and veteran spouse. The word to describe how she feels about it all is simple: grateful.
“I feel so blessed that I literally do the two of my dream jobs. It’s really special, ”she explained. “It’s very rare that you meet someone who has dreamed of doing something all their life and then has the opportunity to do it. I count my blessings every day.
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