Florita Rodriguez is from Marble Falls, TX. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in May, 2014.
Florita spent her time at Unidata creating an IPython notebook to plot hurricane data from the National Hurricane Center's storm archives. Her IPython notebook allows the user to choose a storm to be displayed, retrieves both historical hurricane forecasts and actual storm track data, and plots one or more tracks on a map display of the relevant hurricane basin.
Florita faced some challenges in determining how to navigate the National Hurricane Center archive data in order to retrieve and plot the storm tracks. UPC developers noted that the work she had done to make use of the archive data is now available to anyone who reads the Python code used to create the displays. Florita's code is available on Github, and can be retrieved and used by anyone interested in using or extending her work. (See this Unidata Developers' Blog post for Florita's description of the project, along with the Github information.)
Florita had this to say about her time at the Unidata Program Center:
I really enjoyed the environment at Unidata. The community effort within [the office] I think is really fantastic. I really enjoyed my project — it was really exiting, but it was equally exciting to see what everyone else was working on.
On Sundays I was thinking: I get to go to work tomorrow!Boulder is an amazing place … it beats any summer I could ever have in Texas.