Irene Sans was always focused in mathematics and science from a very early age. She attended Florida State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in meteorology, minor in mathematics and concentration in Hispanic Marketing Communications.
While in FSU, she was the first bilingual deputy State Meteorologist on board at the Division of Florida Emergency Management – Emergency Operations Center covering closely the wildfires that burnt thousands of acres in Central Florida.
Her television career started early while she was in college. She interned and freelanced WLTV- Univision 23 Miami then freelancing as weekend meteorologist on WSCV Telemundo 51 Miami.
Shortly after graduating, Irene moved to Andover, Massachusetts where she worked at Weather Services International, now called The IBM Company. It was here where she produced, forecasted and presented bilingual weather segments in many stations across the United States and Europe.
“Working in so many different stations gave me the opportunity to polish my deliveries, learn the geography and different weather patterns,” Irene explains.
From 2010 to 2015, Irene returned to work at Telemundo. She became the weekend meteorologist for WSCV Telemundo 51 Miami and for KXTX Telemundo Dallas, based in South Florida. Also covering for other Telemundo affiliated with what was formerly known as the Telemundo Production Center, forecasting and presenting weather segments in San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Arizona and Houston. She also appeared in the live morning variety show, ‘Un Nuevo Día’, nationally and internationally televised.
The last two years she served as main meteorologist at Telemundo Houston, based in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, she also collaborated for Comcast Sports Net Houston, providing weather segments in English for local sporting events. She also appeared in the Today Show, as a guest meteorologist to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.
She was awarded an Emmy for a Special Weather Show, Naturaleza en Descontrol, which summarized the 2013 extreme weather events around the world, with scientific explanations.
“Being a Hispanic meteorologist is a great challenge, there are not many of us in the U.S. But it is also an enormous privilege and blessing to make the difference and hopefully transmit my enthusiasm to the younger generation to become meteorologists.”
Besides her degree in meteorology she is also a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a prestigious certification by American Meteorological Society, only given to those who prove excellence in on air delivery and are fully accredited in meteorology from a University. She is also one of a handful of Spanish speaking certified broadcast female meteorologists in the United States. Irene has served in various boards and committees within the American Meteorological Society.
“My greatest drive is my career, to be able to educate and inform the community about weather and our environment. I want to continue to stand out this field. It is important that the younger generation understands that dreams do come true… you have to study and work hard, but everything pays off.”
Irene has served Central Florida’s residents since January 2016, when she joined WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando. She is one of the few local meteorologists across the nation to only focus on a station’s digital platforms. You can catch Irene’s bilingual segments about weather, climate or anything science, on our free WFTV Weather app and on our website, where we also have a dedicated weather section in Spanish to keep informed all of Central Florida, regardless of language.