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Meet Liana Brackett!

Liana Brackett is an on-camera meteorologist who recently joined The Weather Channel from Fox 12 Oregon in Portland, Oregon where she served as meteorologist.

Originally raised in Temecula, California, Brackett began her weather journey at Arizona State University where she initially studied broadcast meteorology. Fascinated with weather forecasting, she decided to change her major and transfer to University of California, Davis to study meteorology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science in 2009.

Liana started her career working as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Portland, Oregon. She spent over six years issuing watches, warnings, and advisories for southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. She received several awards for outstanding forecasting and teamwork during significant weather outbreaks with the National Weather Service.

Get To Know Liana:

1. Tell us a little about your journey to The Weather Channel.
I had a crazy fateful journey to TWC! I initially thought I would get into broadcast meteorology in college, but after an internship with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, CA, I decided to work for the government after graduation. My first job in weather was at the National Weather Service office in Portland, OR and I worked there for six and a half years. I would do lots of speaking engagements throughout the area, and it was at one of these science talks that the chief meteorologist at Fox 12 Oregon saw me speak. That was back in 2014 and in 2015, the station had an opening. He reached out to me, I auditioned and got the job! That position helped me create a resume reel where I posted it on YouTube…and The Weather Channel spotted me from there. It was just meant to be!

2. What’s your favorite weather memory?
My first time seeing falling snow…it was my first winter at the National Weather Service in Portland, OR and it started snowing during my shift. I loved it while I was at the office, but the excitement wore off when it took me 3 hours to get home!

3. What sparked your passion for weather?
I really became fascinated by the weather during monsoon season in Arizona. It’s amazing how Mother Nature takes care of the desert southwest. After a few years there, I decided to change my major to Atmospheric Science and transferred schools to learn more about meteorology.

4. What is your most memorable/funniest on-camera moment?
My most memorable moment would have to be my very first time on-air. Talk about an adrenaline rush!

5. What’s something unique that you’ll bring to The Weather Channel?
I’ll be bringing lots of excitement during severe weather. Having lived on the West coast up until now, I’m in complete awe of all the hurricanes, EF-5 tornadoes, and intense lake effect snow events I’ll get to cover.

6. If you could only have one piece of weather data what would you choose and why?
Ooo, that’s a tough one. If I HAD to choose one, it would be wind speed/direction. I have a love-hate relationship with wind…it can make-or-break your forecast and it can ruin a good hair day.

7. What’s your favorite season?
Summer! I love summer BBQs, 4th of July, and beach trips.

8. What hobbies or interests are you passionate about?
I love to dance! I love ballet, latin/ballroom, and most recently, flamenco. I love volunteering with kids (especially STEM related) and I was a Big Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost seven years. We still keep in touch though, even with the distance between us.

9. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I used to compete in Latin/Ballroom dancing back in college and I spent a few years dancing en pointe in ballet.

10. What are some things you’ve noticed at The Weather Channel these past few weeks that our We Love Weather members would be interested to know?
In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve noticed how mostly everyone has a nickname! I had one at the National Weather Service (I was known as “The Hammer”) so I’m super excited to get one here lol!

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  1. Hello Liana and Welcome the to TWC. I grew up in, Las Vegas, NV. and yes we would get haaboobs their also and they were really nasty. Good luck to you and May God Bless you.

  2. Welcome Liana. I will look forward to seeing you broadcast on TWC. I also look forward to hearing your comments on the state of weather in Arizona and the West coast from time to time. I am from Northern Wisconsin and lake effect snow from Lake Superior is a big story for us here in the winter. Hope you can find time to visit this region in the winter to taste the weather firsthand.

  3. Welcome Liana to TWC, another beautiful meteorologist is always welcome. I see you bring a lot of knowledge and know how to the forecast and observation’s. I drove semi’s cross country for 30 years and am familiar with Arizona heat and the snow in Oregon, Washington, and the entire northwest. Along with the weather in the other parts of the country. Did you fly to Atlanta or drive ? If you didn’t drive, you missed some beautiful landscape between the west and the east.

  4. It is lovely to have a meteorologist on camera who knows the West & West Coast & can correctly pronounce our place names! Wonderful to have you on board.

  5. I knew from the moment I met you that you were a huge talent ~
    Can’t wait to see you on the air!!
    Miss you!
    Heide

  6. Hello Liana!,
    Welcome to the best darn weather
    Group in the land!! Are you going to be reporting live from the field as part of your duties at TWC? If so, stay away from Cantore! LOL.Just kidding. Looking forward to seeing you with my morning coffee.
    Jim

  7. Congratulations on becoming a member of The Weather Channel team of meteorologists. They are the “gold standard” in my opinion! Welcome aboard and best of luck to you.

  8. Welcome to my morning weather channel. I watch the weather channel local on the 8’s when i can. I watch it right now. I like how your guys/gals cover every weather storm.

  9. Welcome Liana!! Love the wind speed/direction. The change of direction with height and speed, speed shear. A must have for tornados.
    On March 15th here in Illinois we had severe weather moving in. The wind was blowing all day then about mid afternoon or so I looked outside and everything was dead still. I said no way you got to be kidding me. I stepped outside, and it had that greenish look. Storms weren’t that far out. I looked up and you could see the the wind going different directions with height and I said, mark my words there’s gonna be a tornado close by after while. Soon the NWS of the Quad Cities issued a tornado watch, Then as we were on the chase the tornado warnings started. The one I predicted to be close to home earlier that afternoon turned out to be the strongest one that day with 130 mph winds and as I predicted it touched down 2 to 3 miles north of my home. I felt like Bill in the movie twister.
    My TV is on the weather channel 24/7 so I won’t miss ya when your on. Only time I changed the channel here lately was to watch the Cubbies finally win the World Series again.
    I’m always tweeting photos to the weather channel and wundercave. I’m @twisterseeker’s on twitter. Have a FB page for my storm tracking team as well called Midwest Skywarn Storm Trackers of The Quad Cities.
    Once again Welcome and best of luck with your journey with the weather channel, a bunch of good people there.
    Dennis

    1. Thank you so much for the warm welcome Dennis! Wow, what a crazy experience. I’ll keep an eye out for your tweets! 🙂

  10. Hi Liana!!! Welcome to the weather channel family. I am not that old but I hope your time at the weather channel is amazing. Good luck 🙂

  11. Congrats, Liana! Hoping your wind direction is speedy, to show off your talents on TWC. What a cast & crew you’ve got under your wings there, too!

  12. Welcome to the Weather Channel!!! I look forward to seeing you in action. Humidity and wind equal bad hair day!!! Been living in Texas all my 64 years. And it’s true what they say” If you don’t like the weather wait a few minutes and it will change ” here in Texas. Glad to have you join the wonderful Weather Channel family ☔️️🏡☀️⛈🌨⛄️⚡️🌩

  13. Liana Brackett Is the best on camera meteorologist of all meteorologists! I’m a member since October 2016! I’ve started watching The Weather Channel Since 2014! #LianaBrackettIsGreatToBeAMeteorolgist

  14. Hi Liana!

    I’m new to this community here too (just signed up the other day), but I’ve been watching The Weather Channel ever since I got access to it in the late-1980’s. I’ll also wish you good luck with your debut(!), but I’m sure you’ll do just fine. Are you able to let us know when it will be (date/time) once you know, so we can watch..?

    I’ve always wondered what it would be like to work for TWC. It is on my TV pretty much all the time, at least while there is live forecasting going on, so I feel like you are joining a part of my extended family. 🙂 In light of that, I think anything you might be willing to share describing the experience of starting work there would be awesome…how the culture differs from other places you have worked, the things you had to do to train, especially if there was anything unexpected, what it felt like going on-air in front of a national audience (for the first time?)…I think anything like that would be great!

    Also, when you mentioned wind conditions in the Q & A up above, that got me to thinking about how complex the models have to be in order to forecast wind conditions. I studied IT when I was in school, and unfortunately my particular curriculum, while heavy in mathematics and computer programming, did not include an introduction to fluid dynamics. So now I am wondering…how many things influence wind speed and direction besides gravity (earth and moon), temperature, atmospheric pressure, and the rotation of the earth? Are there other things (like humidity) that also play a factor, that most people might not be aware of?

    Thanks!
    Paul

    1. Hi Paul, I’m probably going to hop around different shows for a bit before settling down to one. I’ll definitely keep everyone updated though when I make my debut 🙂 Welcome to the community too, fellow newbie! The culture here at TWC is awesome, it’s a very innovative and down-to-earth environment. It really feels like a family here!

      One other influence for wind speed/direction: terrain. The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon is notorious for that! Thanks for saying hi!

  15. Liana, I jovially welcome you to The Weather Channel, my benevolent (favorite) channel on the air outside local news. I totally look forward to seeing you on the air on TWC. In fact, I am ready for your debut. You are giving female meteorologists more proof that they are just as terrific as anybody else. I give you 10 out 10 stars. I have been a colossal fan and supporter of The Weather Channel; and I hope that you feel that way too. Bring it on, Liana! #wxgirlsrule 😀

  16. P.S And I hope you will finish training and be on-air maybe a month or a year! I like you to be on air soon!

  17. Welcome to The Weather Channel,Liana Brackett! You are welcome to be a meteorologist! I’m so glad that you joined The Weather Channel! I love too see you on TV! #LianaBrackettIsTheBest

    1. You have that right, Bubba! We openly welcome Liana Brackett to The Weather Channel and graciously give her a colossal hug. #hugsforLiana 🙂

  18. Hello, and welcome Liana. I became interested in weather in the late 70’s
    when I got my Private pilot’s license. I am a spotter for the NWS and my
    personal weather station is KMEALEXA2 on Weather Underground. Look forward to seeing you on TWC. All the best to you – Tom

  19. Hi liana I’m nick I love the weather channel. Hope you have a great time as a meteorologist. Do your best and you’ll have the most fun in your life.😀😁😃

  20. Hi Liana,
    I am a huge fan of TWC and I look forward to seeing you on air. Who do you look forward to working with the most?
    Good Luck with your debut!

    Sincerely,
    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks for the well wishes for my debut! That’s a tough question…mainly because everyone is awesome. I look forward to working with Stephanie Abrams & Jim Cantore, and I’ve already lived the dream by training with Dr. Greg Forbes & Tom Niziol!

        1. Hi Wilma, I’ll probably hop around on several shows before settling down. I’m not replacing anyone, just joining the fun! 🙂 Thanks for the welcome!

  21. Hi Liana! I’m Brian. Welcome to TWC! Looking forward to watching you! What is your favorite season of the year… maybe this question is tough for you answer because I’m from the midwest and Arizona doesn’t necessarily have 4 seasons of the year in terms of climate?

    1. Hi Brian, thanks for the warm welcome! Portland, OR kind of gets the seasons so I have experienced it a little bit (maybe a stretch!) My favorite season is summer though…I love 4th of July, summer BBQs, and tons of sunshine. Fall is a close second.

  22. Welcome to TWC and weloveweather Liana! It’s great to see a new meteorologist on screen from time to time. It must be crazy for you to transition to such a big new job! Best of luck to you 😀

  23. Welcome Liana to TWC… I’m glad your here and I’m hope to see you on air soon.. I wish you the best of luck. Weather is life.

      1. Liana, you nailed it spot on when you mentioned that “weather is life”. The Weather Channel sparked my passion for weather. In fact, I have watched TWC since the very beginning. Furthermore, I have been studying weather since I was three years old. I love asking people questions about weather, giving the forecast, mentoring people how to be safe and ready when inclement weather happens, providing frequent weather updates, and tracking severe weather. In a nutshell, I am a colossal weather nerd. #wxgeekforlife 😀

  24. Welcome Liana. I’ve yet to see you on TWC, but I look forward to it. I found your choice of “wind speed/direction” to be an interesting weather data must-have. 🙂

    1. Thank you Kort! Still training for a little bit longer, then I’ll be on-air. Yes, I feel like the importance of wind speed/direction gets overlooked sometimes, but very crucial for forecasting!

      1. Good to know! This morning in S. FL there was no wind to speak of, but it was wonderfully non-humid at around 76˚. See you on the air soon then – do you know where TWC is going to have you?

        1. Talk about great weather for S. Florida! I know I’ll be floating around a bit, maybe make some cameo appearances on some shows before officially sticking to one show. I’m excited to get on-air soon! Enjoy the pleasant wx down there!

      1. Liana, if you were an American Gladiator right now, then your gladiator name would be “Lihammer”. You would kick butt…and then some. 😀

  25. Hi Liana! Welcome to TWC and the WeLoveWeather.tv page!! As I begin watching you on TV, you will likely become so recognizable to me, as our several of the meteorologists!! Since you’ve been on the West Coast basically the whole time, have you been able to adjust to all the humidity yet in the South?

    1. Thanks so much for the warm welcome Mark! I arrived in the SE in mid-October, so I missed most of the humidity. I’m sure next summer will be an adjustment for sure!

      1. Lucky you to avoid the humidity until next summer. I live in the western part of Texas, and if we get a southeast wind during the summer, I can feel the humdity go up. I notice when the dew point temp rises (Jen *the Dew Point Diva” would love this)! lol