Meet Our Forecasting Team

Paul Slaski

Chief of Operations/Meteorologist – State University of New York, Masters of Science in Climate Studies & Atmospheric Science

Weather has been Paul’s passion since he was very young. Since he was a little boy he had various weather stations and participated in numerous weather forecasting contests. Ultimately the interest, turned into a fulfilling career.

Over the years, Paul obtained advanced training and research experience in Atmospheric Science in weather prediction and climatology and has over 20 years experience in Nationally recognized Weather Advisory Organizations. In 2016 Paul became in charge of running daily operations, implementing the latest technology in forecasting software and data sources, and is leading the national expansion of the firm with the OmniWeather division in servicing major clients across the US.

Christopher “Storm” Roscia

Meteorologist – Western Connecticut State University

Chris was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, and graduated from Danbury High School in 2016. He became interested in weather and atmospheric dynamics at a young age. Chris’s family would joke that his head was always in the clouds because he was always looking at them. Car or plane, Chris’s face would be glued to the window. Over time, he was affectionately labeled “Storm” by his Aunt Maria and it stuck throughout the family. 

Chris was hooked on meteorology after witnessing firsthand the power of mother nature in a severe thunderstorm in 2006. Seeing how quickly the weather could turn destructive, Chris developed a strong passion for severe weather and storm chasing, which ultimately culminated in his first tornado interception in Southern Indiana in August of 2018. Witnessing the destructive beauty of his first tornado meander through fields in the Midwest is a moment he will never forget. 

Similar to many other meteorologists, Chris enjoys severe weather of all types. Growing up in Connecticut, Chris had the privilege of experiencing the full gamut of New England weather from tropical systems to blizzards to severe weather.  Some of the more memorable events that inspired him locally were Hurricane Irene in 2011 and the subsequent Famous Halloween Nor’easter the same year. 

Outside of Meteorology, Chris is a great lover of the outdoors and enjoys hiking, bird watching, kayaking and playing golf. He has a passion for community service and public safety, and enjoys sharing what he has learned about the weather through school visits and talking to students. He is excited to continue his career at the CT Weather Center, with his primary focus keeping our local communities safe and informed. 

Jack Drake

Meteorologist – Western Connecticut State University

I’ve lived in Western Connecticut my whole life. Growing up in Redding, there’s not a whole lot going on except trees, streams and open space – but it was perfect for me. I have the fondest memories of playing in the woods as a kid, and I think that’s where a lot of my love of nature stems from. From the age of about 4 years old, I was fascinated with the weather. Even my parents will tell you, there was never anything else I wanted to be growing up besides a meteorologist. I watched The Weather Channel and local news stations way more than I should have, and I don’t think anybody got more excited for storms than I did. When there was a big storm predicted, I would be disappointed if it didn’t pan out. Wanting to understand the science behind why a forecast worked out (or didn’t) was one of the primary drivers for me to begin studying meteorology. 

By high school, many of my friends were going back and forth on choosing a major to pursue, but I only ever had one in mind. There are not a ton of meteorology schools to choose from in the Northeast, and Dr. Mel built a Meteorology program at Westconn. So, when it came time to leave for college, I left all the way to Danbury. 

I graduated in Winter 2017 from WCSU. That same year I interned at WTNH Channel 8 in New Haven as a Meteorologist/Reporter where I would work on and off for about a year. Most of what I did was write news articles, but I did make my share of TV cameos. I enjoyed my time there and worked with some great meteorologists, but it is also where I had to acknowledge I had a choice to make.

There are not a lot of meteorology jobs, and many times you have to pay your dues for years before getting a permanent position. To live out the broadcasting dream, you may have to move out to a small market in the Midwest before you’re brought back to the East Coast. This, coupled with the relatively low pay and reservations about the future of the TV news industry, led me to pivot into a corporate science career where I could support my family and didn’t have to leave my home of Western Connecticut. With the pivot, I was happy to be “adulting successfully” but sad that my childhood weather dream was seemingly over.

Even though I was working a corporate career, my passion was still the weather. I continued to create forecasts and social media content, and slowly began building a terrific network of fellow weather enthusiasts, municipal workers, and local broadcast media through Facebook and Twitter. In 2021, I began doing radio spots on I95 Rock in Danbury and giving forecasts to local town officials. In 2023, I am now more excited than ever to bring my skillset to the CT Weather Center, primarily assisting with forecasting and social media, and living out my dream as a professional meteorologist.

Michael Frascione

Meteorologist – Western Connecticut State University

I was born in Bethel, CT and have lived there my entire life. My fascination with weather began at a rather early age. I remember watching TV and flipping past the Weather Channel and wondering what all the radar maps were. I, like many other meteorologists, have a love for extreme weather. I have always enjoyed Nor’easters. Watching them develop and trying to forecast how much snow will fall and where it will fall is an interesting challenge.

My fondest memory is of the Superstorm of 1993, where we received more than 20 inches of snow. We missed school for a few days because of that storm. Another early weather memory is of Hurricane Bob. Even though we did not receive the worst of the storm, it seemed like it was pretty bad for most of the day it made landfall. I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2005. I have played guitar for 11 years and love baseball and football. Working at the Connecticut Weather Center has been a desire for me for many years and I am excited for the experience I will get working here.