University of Oklahoma, Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology
My name is Caroline, and I’m a sixth-generation Texan, born and raised in Houston who loves nothing more than being outside. I’ve loved weather my entire life and even when I’m off work you can find me checking the radar for intense storms. I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BS in Meteorology and minors in both Mathematics and Broadcast Journalism. Before coming to WeatherNation, I worked at KTUL Channel 8 in Tulsa covering countless tornadoes. I love to volunteer, and I’m a member of the Junior League of Denver. I have a border collie poodle mix named Stormy. She goes everywhere with me! I’m so excited to work at WeatherNation, and I’d love to connect with you! Feel free to find me on Facebook (Meteorologist Caroline Brown), Twitter (@CarolineBrownWX), or Instagram (@CarolineBrownWX).
Q&A with Caroline Brown
What inspired you to become a meteorologist?
From my earliest memories, I’ve always known I was born to be a meteorologist! I have home videos from the age of four doing weather reports. Being from Houston, tropical meteorology has always fascinated me, and I tracked every disturbance in the gulf through middle school. I’ll never forget evacuating for Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike. When I turned 13, I got my very own weather station for my birthday. I was so thrilled that I cried! Doesn’t every little girl want an anemometer for their birthday? In seventh grade, instead of going to sports camp, my parents let me go to weather camp at Penn State over the summer. Easy to say it was the highlight of my summer! I loved it so much that I ended up asking the program if I could go to the high school meteorology camp as an 8th grader, and they said yes! When I got asked to prom senior year of high school, it was done with a cookie cake shaped as a thunderstorm. When it came to college, I only applied to OU because I wanted to go to the best program possible and have the opportunity to chase tornadoes between exams. My obsession with the atmosphere never faded, and I still pinch myself daily that I get paid to talk about my favorite topic.
What is your most memorable weather experience?
I could put so many things here—including Hurricane Ike and Rita, tornado chasing in college, and tennis ball sized hail—but I’d have to say my most memorable weather experience was being on air May 2019 in Oklahoma. That month, Northeast Oklahoma saw a record number of tornadoes (61) and also saw record flooding. I spent dozens of hours on air covering tornado warnings and at one point I covered both a tornado emergency and a flash flood emergency simultaneously.
Outside of weather, what are your hobbies and interests?
I love to do everything outdoors! I love to go hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, and taking walks with my border collie poodle mix Stormy (feel free to follow her on Instagram @StormyTheWeatherDog).
Besides your parents, who has influenced you the most in your life?
My siblings! I’m the youngest of four kids and we have always been incredibly close. I’ve always looked up to them and they always pressed me to be my best as they led by example by following their own dreams. The oldest is my brother Christo who works in Seattle for Amazon. The second oldest is my sister Ashley who is a doctor in Houston. My sister Maddie is 18 months older than me, and she’s a tax lawyer in Houston. Although we all chose different careers, my siblings always loved learning and reading, so from a young age I always thought science was a cool thing to do!
What is a little known fact about you?
I grew up in a backpacking family, and I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro when I was just 11 years old. That’s actually where I got the worst sunburn of my life while hiking across the glacier!
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
I’m incredibly optimistic for the future of weather! Other sciences like astronomy and physics have been around for thousands of years, but meteorology is relatively new. Being from Houston, I think a lot about the 1900 storm when forecaster Issac Cline tried to tell the folks in Galveston a hurricane was coming, but nobody believed him. There was no warning system 120 years ago. Today, we know five days in advance about a potential disturbance. It’s incredible! I think in 50 years we’ll look back at what we have now and be shocked. I hope in the future for zero radar “dead zones,” an easier and more environmentally friendly way to get a vertical profile of the atmosphere (SKEW-T for my weather nerds), and a completely uniform way of getting watches and warnings across all platforms.