Charles Roop originally joined WCTV in September 2013 as a photojournalist, but advanced to the position of On-Air/Digital Meteorologist in January 2017.
An Ocala, Fla. native, Charles became annoyed when it rained in the Florida summer afternoons and wondered why that happened. He started watching the weather on TV and wanted to learn more about it. The annoyance became a passion.
He earned his Associate of Arts from the College of Central Florida. He then transferred to the University of Florida where he studied geography and earned a certificate in meteorology and climatology.
Charles went to Mississippi State University to earn his Master of Science in meteorology. He participated in The Weather Challenge, a national collegiate-level forecasting competition. In Charles’ final year in graduate school, he ranked 13th in the nation out of over 2,000 participants, and won two trophies for forecasting individual cities. For his graduate thesis, Charles studied patterns of tornado formation with landfalling tropical systems in Florida.
Since starting at WCTV, Charles contributed to the weather department by writing weather stories for the web, posting updates on social media, working on special projects, and learning the craft of on-air weather presentation. He’s happy to finally be doing something in the field he has loved since childhood.
Outside of the weather office, Charles enjoys still photography, going to the beach, and spending time with his wife and dog.
If you have any weather stories or questions, feel free to write him on social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org.