This 21-Year-Old Is Getting Her Dream Job As France’s First Weather Woman With Down Syndrome

When a story like this comes along, we’re reminded that there are still good people in the world.

Mélanie Ségard, 21, of France, wanted to be a weather woman. Ségard has Down syndrome, but she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her goals. On Feb. 27, a video she posted on Facebook changed everything. She wanted people to “like” the video—and hoped locals news stations would see it, too. Ségard encouraged news outlets to put her on the air if she received 100,000 likes. She received those likes, and more. Way more. Now, Ségard will be France’s first weather presenter with Down syndrome.

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“I’m different, but I want to show everyone that I can do a lot of things,” Ségard wrote on her Facebook page. “I want to prove it by presenting on TV.” At time of writing, just over a week later, her video post has gotten 3.1 million views, 148,000 likes, and 57,000 shares. Excuse us while we grab some Kleenex.

On Feb. 28, she replied to some commentators, “I’m touched by your messages and your likes <3 Thank you all! Thanks to you, I hope to reach my dream … I can do it!” <3

And she was right—she could, and she did. Two French news channels, BFMTV and France 2, asked Ségard to be a weather presenter on March 27. Huge news! And with her enthusiasm, we have no doubt Ségard will excel at the job!

The National Union of Charities for Parents with Disabled Children (UNAPEI) helped Ségard with her Facebook campaign. “Today, people with a disability are invisible,” a spokesperson for UNAPEI said in a statement. “The 100,000 likes are a sign of strong support—we are taken aback at how quickly the page became a success.”

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We certainly expect Ségard to have a lot more success in her future, and we look forward to seeing her present the weather on March 27.

Get Ready For A Meteor Shower-Supermoon Combo Tuesday Night

The skies overhead are about to become quite busy. We’re in for the Geminid meteor shower and a supermoon at the same time!

Here’s how it will go: The Geminid meteor shower, known for producing as many as 120 meteors an hour at its peak, is one of the most popular showers of the year, according to Accuweather. The meteors will start around 9 or 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Your best bet to catch the meteor shower is generally the night-of, though EarthSky says it may be worth checking out the sky the night before and after as well.

Coincidentally, the last supermoon of the year will appear on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:05 p.m. EST. A supermoon is a full moon that’s slightly closer to Earth and so appears larger and brighter than usual.

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Unfortunately, the combination of the bright light from the supermoon plus the cloud cover that is expected around much of the country means it may be tough to catch the Geminid meteors this year.

Still, it’s worth attempting to view the shower. In order to get the best possible viewing bang for your buck, try and do your viewing in a remote area where there’s not a lot of competing light. Space.com says the meteors should be going strong for about 10 hours during their peak on Tuesday night into early Wednesday.

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Want to learn more?

Astronomer Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will be hosting a live tweet chat on the meteor shower, and you get more information on that here. Just ask a question on Twitter using #askNASA or @NASA_Marshall. Cooke and two others will be answering your Twitter queries starting December 13 at 10 p.m. CST until 2 a.m. CST the following morning.