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Fascination leads to career

La Cañada High grad now on air as meteorologist for KABC7.

April 17, 2008|By Ruth Longoria

It was quite a coup to get Southern California’s only woman meteorologist on his team, KABC7 meteorologist and primary weather forecaster Dallas Raines said of his co-worker and protégé, La Cañada’s native golden girl, Indra Petersons.

Petersons joined the television station’s news team in 2004, and, after a few years of assisting Raines with forecasting and graphics, recently became a regular on-air weather forecaster at the Glendale-based, Los Angeles station. Petersons can be seen from 5 a.m. to noon weekends; she also provides the weekly ski and surf report and fills in on air at other times during the week.

“Indra is probably the prettiest weather caster I’ve ever seen,” Raines teased, with a smile. “She’s also talented. I call Indra our ‘Show and Go Girl.’ She’s not only beautiful, she’s smart.”

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Petersons developed a passion for weather as a youth growing up in La Cañada. But, unlike Raines, who was fascinated with the tornadoes he’d seen as a child growing up in Georgia, Petersons wasn’t necessarily intrigued by Southern California’s weather.

However, she grew up watching Raines on television and was fascinated with his fascination with the weather.

“Dallas is so enthusiastic about the weather and he teaches why things happen,” she said. “By watching his enthusiasm, somehow I became infatuated with and fell in love with the weather. Meteorologists are a strange bunch, we have a passion for weather and we get excited over every little change in it.”

Raines — who like Petersons is an American Meteorological Society certified meteorologist — began forecasting the weather on KABC about 24 years ago. The duo first met when Petersons was a high school student and she won a “Career For A Day, Day with Dallas,” where she got to shadow her mentor at the studios. A photo of a youthful Petersons with Raines, from that special event, is framed and sits on Raines’ studio office desk.

But it isn’t just her fascination with Raines’ weather casting that early on foretold a future destiny with the elements for Petersons. Similar to Raines, she also was saddled with a moniker that held a meteorological connotation.

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