I was born in July 1974 in the New York borough of Queens. After attending St. Elizabeth School and Archibishop Molloy High School, I escaped the big city and moved to Albany, New York, where I pursued my bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany. While in Albany, I met my soon-to-be wife, Dawn, a Wisconsinite, through Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowship. While pursing my degrees, I was active in storm chasing each year with my department and filmed several tornadoes, including an F4, in and around Spencer, South Dakota. My Master's thesis focused on variability and triggers for North American cold air outbreaks. My PhD dissertation focused on the regional impacts of the Pacific North American pattern on the cold-season climate of the Northeast United States, using a regional climate model and observations. In 2002, I completed my PhD, Dawn and I got married, and we moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where I began to work as a postdoctoral researcher within the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research (CCR). Now, I am an Associate Scientist and the Associate Director of CCR. In 2013, our son, Hayden, was born and has since brought us great joy. My hobbies include biking, computer games, hiking, watching baseball, playing with Hayden, and remaining active in our church as a Sunday school teach and food pantry volunteer.