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Bryan Karrick, Chief Meteorologist
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 were welcoming a baby boy into the world at the beginning of one of our nation's worst severe weather events. This may explain his early childhood fascination with weather.
Bryan grew up in the southern suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, and traveled an hour and a half southwest to Mankato State University to follow his dream of working with weather and the sciences.
During his junior year, he turned that lifelong dream into a reality by accepting the weekend weather position at CBS affiliate KEYC-TV. This opportunity confirmed his passion and career choice, and ultimately led him to KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. There he spent 12 years as the morning meteorologist, working in one of the most weather-intensive markets in the world. It gave him a chance to use the best weather technology in the business, and allowed him to gain field experience on frequent storm chases.
It also led to national opportunities, including covering hurricanes in New Orleans, along with hurricanes Frances and Jeanne right here in Central Florida during the very busy 2004 hurricane season.
In 2010, Bryan returned to the Twin Cities, where he was part of a team of meteorologists who launched national weather channel, WeatherNation TV.
Karrick's weather experience and continuing education earned him the National Weather Association's Seal of Approval, and he was honored to be named the NWA Broadcaster of the Year in 2009. Bryan remains active in the NWA, currently as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. As a member of the KCCI weather staff, he was on the first team of meteorologists nationwide to earn the prestigious CBM Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.
Bryan is a proud dad to a 12-year-old black lab named Chase, who became a well-known "celebrity" in central Iowa. There, Chase participated in KCCI's Weather Lab Wednesday segments. His American Kennel Club name, Captain's Kennels Stormy Sky Chaser, reflects Bryan's love of weather.
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