Do you remember where you were during the Super Outbreak of Tornadoes on April 3-4, 1974? Bryan Karrick’s family sure does, as they had just welcomed a new baby boy into the world during the beginning of one of our nation’s worst severe weather events. This may explain his fascination with weather! Bryan is excited to join the WeatherNation team after nearly 12 years at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Working in one of the most weather-intensive markets in the world gave him a chance to use some the best weather technology in the business. He was also able to gain field experience on frequent storm chases, and helped cover hurricanes for KCCI’s sister stations in Orlando and New Orleans. Bryan is also the proud dad of a black lab named Chase. Chase is a well-known “celebrity” in central Iowa, where he was a part of KCCI’s Weather Lab Wednesday segments. His AKC name, The Captain's Kennels Stormy Sky Chaser, reflects Bryan’s love of the weather. You'll find the two of them walking local trails, taking in dog parks, or chilling under area shade trees. Hometown: Eagan, MN
Education, Awards & Accreditations
Bachelor of Science Degree, Mankato State University. American Meteorological Society CBM Seal of Approval(He was a member of the first U.S. team of meteorologists to earn a CBM Seal of Approval)National Weather Association Seal of Approval2010 NWA Broadcaster of the Year.
Questions & Answers
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
A: I enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it’s doing yard work or walking my black lab, Chase. We usually walk an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and occasionally take in the dog park as well. Can you tell he’s a little spoiled? I’ve also picked up an interest in cooking. I have to thank my friends for inviting me to Top Chef night for stirring this new found interest. We take turns cooking and presenting a meal, enjoy conversation, then watch the real chefs go!
Q: Where do you like to go on vacation?
A: My favorite vacation spot is our family cabin on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. Nothing beats a week or two in the wilderness, breathing in the fresh air and taking in some beautiful scenery. When I need a warm escape, I head to the palms and white sand beaches of a quiet island in Mexico.
Q: Have you ever chased a tornado?
A: When I worked for KCCI-TV in Des Moines, one of my favorite things to do was storm chase. I’ve chased numerous storms, and have seen a number of tornadoes. Although I was always in a safe place, there were a few storms that let me know I was a little too close. The thrill of the chase is always there, but the reason we were out there was to make sure our viewers had plenty of heads up these storms packing attitude were coming.
Q: What got you interested in weather?
A: I still remember my first severe storm when I was around 5 or 6, watching the sky turn an eerie green. My parents pointed out the clouds, then hurried me to the basement as the sirens were sounding. When the storm had passed, we went back outside to trees and houses that had been damaged. It was this particular storm that stuck in my mind, and had me tuning in to the sky and local weathercasters from then on.
Q: What is one of your most memorable weather moments?
A: It was a tornado outbreak on March 29, 1998 that will stick with me forever. Back when I first started in television, I worked for KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minnesota. It was a Sunday afternoon in March. Not exactly when southern Minnesotans are expecting severe weather, but when I got into work a little earlier than normal that warm day, I knew it was going to be an active afternoon. We went wall-to-wall on our coverage for a couple hours straight on a thin staff. It was me, a director and audio person, and a newsroom reporter for awhile. As the severe weather event unfolded, our staff started trickling in to help, and by the end of the outbreak, news stations from the Twin Cities were setting up stories from our tiny newsroom. Not only a memorable weather moment, but one that accelerated my desire to help viewers stay ahead of severe storms.
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