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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