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We all know that little girls can be whatever they set their minds to–and they’re going to set their minds to a lot. This week, Your Morning‘s Kelsey McEwan met up with a little fan who aspires to be just like her–a meteorologist. Three-year-old Penelope watches the show every day and then reenacts the weather report on her very own chalk-drawn map of Canada.

With a rock-clicker in-hand, Penelope delivers the weather across the country and adds in all the little weather quips you would expect from a fully-grown on-air meteorologist, even remembering to throw it back to Ben Mulroney at the end of her segment. According to her mom, this is a daily occurrence.


‘We thought it was funny the first time, but then it continued and she does it constantly now,’ says mom, Heather Swanson, ‘We encouraged it because it’s neat that she’s striking up an interest in something that’s science-based and she seems to really enjoy it.’

Penelope (with a little help from mom) wrote to Kelsey at Your Morning about her passion for weather and love of the show.

‘I watch you do the weather on the news in the morning,’ she wrote, ‘I eat breakfast and I always say, ‘Turn the news on!’ because I like watching you! I like to pretend I’m Kelsey the meteorologist. I use a rock from the garden as my map clicker.’

On her last day before going on maternity leave, Kelsey surprised Penelope at her home for a live weather report and a good meteorologist-to-meteorologist chat. She also expressed to Penelope’s mom just how happy she is to see young girls encouraged to pursue science.

‘It means the world to know that you’re watching and you’re encouraging her and helping this love of science,’ Kelsey told Swanson, ‘I’m a big proponent of ‘girls can be so much more than what we societally set them up to be.’ And so to see that you’re encouraging her in that way, it makes me want to cry and it inspires me and I hope it inspires so many moms and daughters and families at home too.’

‘There are so many different role models that a little girl can have these days and I’m so happy that she’s got you,’ Swanson responded. Kelsey also brought Penelope the environmental children’s book The Fog and a microscope to encourage that pursuit of science.

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