Come rain or shine, on the land or in the city, Australians rely on the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for forecasts, warnings and analysis every day.
Many Queenslanders would be familiar with Adam Blazak – one of BOM’s Brisbane-based meteorologists – as he shares his expertise via newspapers, TV, radio and online across the state.
Mr Blazak graduated from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in 2012, joining the national weather agency not long after.
“It is a real honour to work as a meteorologist for the Bureau of Meteorology,” he said.
“I still need to pinch myself because I can’t believe it, it’s a real dream come true.
“I love developing my understanding of all the different ways the atmosphere creates various weather phenomena.
“I also love that there will always be something new to learn, and the opportunity of increasing my understanding by experiencing something I’ve never seen before.”
Mr Blazak spoke glowingly of his time studying in Toowoomba, commending its pace of life, the beautiful gardens, and sense of community.
“That community attitude flowed onto the lecturers and tutors who taught me,” he said.
“Without the kind and generous way the staff helped me to develop my skills and understanding, I wouldn’t have been able to progress to where I am today.”
Mr Blazak, who undertook both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in science at USQ, encouraged aspiring forecasters to chase their dreams.
“I actually had no idea about how to become a meteorologist, but through USQ I found the right path,” he said.
“My advice for others is to complete a course with third year Maths or Physics subjects and apply to the BOM graduate program.
“Don’t be discouraged if you are unsuccessful the first time, apply the following year. I know of forecasters who applied several times before being admitted.”