As the weekday meteorologist for New England Cable News, UMass Lowell alumna Danielle Niles is charged with predicting the unpredictable — New England weather. 

Her job requires a grueling schedule that includes a 2 a.m. wake-up call. But don’t expect her to complain. “The best part of my job is waking up every morning knowing that I am doing something I love — forecasting the weather,” she says.

Niles' love of weather is nothing new, and is tied to one of her fondest memories on campus. “I miss the walk over the bridge from North Campus in the heart of winter with the wind whipping in my face and the snow coming in sideways,” she says. 

She was originally drawn to the University for its location, affordability, the women's soccer program and Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Science department. It was a perfect fit for her. “The meteorology program at UMass Lowell was amazing,” she says. “It provided me with a solid foundation, not only in the atmospheric sciences, but in other critical weather-related fields such as math, physics and chemistry,” she says.

Niles remembers the strong sense of community found on campus. “I learned so much in the classroom and felt a real sense of togetherness in the department,” says Niles. “Because the program was small, we received a lot of one-on-one time with professors. I know I wouldn't have received the same attention had I gone to a somewhere other than UMass Lowell.”