Weather Tidbits: June Bacon-Bercey
This Weather Tidbits honors June Bacon-Bercey, a pioneer for advocating women & people of color in the field of meteorology. Her many accomplishments and firsts starr with her Bachelor’s of Science being the 1st for an African American woman at UCLA in 1954. Later on in 1971, she would become the 1st female on-air meteorologist; as she got promoted to Chief Meteorologist at WGR-TV in Buffalo, New York. The following year in 1972, Bacon-Bercey would become the 1st woman & African American to receive the AMS Seal of Approval. By the late 1970s & 1980s, she established a scholarship for woman; but also established the meteorology program at Jackson State University. After her death in 2019, her scholarship got reestablished starting in 2021; along with the AMS Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year Award which will be renamed in her honor starting next year.