Meet WTRF-TV's severe weather expert. Brian is one of the few meteorologists that has been certified in radio weather broadcasting and awarded the prestigious seal of approval from the National Weather Association.
(Brian earned both the AMS and NWA Seals from both organizations)
Brian has covered several tornadoes including field reports during the April 27th tornadoes in Alabama. He also was accredited with saving lives in his social media role in covering the major Joplin tornado on May 22nd 2011.
After Brian's CBS web coverage of the Joplin EF-5 tornado, the National Weather Association head member, Nick Walker of The Weather Channel also honored Brian by asking him to speak to a national audience of TV station meteorologists on using social media and new technology and its role of saving lives in disasters.
Brian is a native to Huntsville Alabama which is home of the space program and Baron Services -a leader in TV radar and weather systems. He also considers the Nashville Tennessee area his seconc home where he spent much time growing up.
His family is no stranger to broadcasting either. Brian's second cousin Don Spain was a long time respected state wide broadcast talent in Tennessee who also owned Capital Media and worked at top market WSMV-TV.
Brian brings over 16 years experience in Radio and TV weather broadcasting to the Ohio Valley.
Brian covered both the historic tornadic Alabama outbreak of April 27th 2011 via field reports to Joplin's CBS affiliate.
He was working at CBS and FOX in Joplin Missouri on May 22ND 2011 when Joplin was torn apart by a deadly EF-5 tornado.
Degrees and Educational Background:
Communications: Brian's education includes an applied science degree in electronics communications. He earned his FCC certificate and license and degree in 1993.
Operational Geology/Meteorology: Brian earned a Bachelors Degree at the University of Tennesseee with an operational meteorology concentration in 2008. He also learned a lot about volcanoes, natural disasters, and earthquakes while at U.T.
Broadcasting/ Meteorology: Brian graduated from the Broadcast Meteorology Program with Advanced Standing in 2006 from Mississippi State University.
Graduate/ Masters Education: In 2010, Brian furthered his meteorology education to the Masters level through Mississippi State's Advanced Applied Meteorology Graduate Program.
Brian is thrilled to be working with WTRF and is proud to call West Virginia his home.