Get to Know TWC’s Newest Addition, Chris Bruin!

If you’ve watched The Weather Channel at all the past month, you’ve probably noticed a new face reporting both in the studio and in the field. Let us introduce you to the newest addition to the team, Chris Bruin! Get to know more about him below and welcome him to The Weather Channel family in the comment section.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Naples, Florida.

Where did you go to college?

Florida State University

What’s your favorite season?

Summer!!! By far! (After surviving 3 winters out in Idaho, you’d understand why!)

What’s your favorite weather memory?

Whoa, that’s a toughie! There are several! If I had to pick one I’d say driving through a severe thunderstorm over the Teton Pass. I remember the skies turning exceptionally dark and seeing a very ominous shelf cloud of the approaching storm, heading right towards me! Hail began falling in torrents and the winds howled through the mountain valley. The highway quickly turned to white as the hail piled up. And I remember the sound of the hail pounding against the car sounding more and more like a war zone. This was the point at which my excitement and thrill of experiencing a storm of this magnitude turned more towards fear. In fact, it was quite a humbling experience and showed me how small we really are in the big scheme of things!

What is your most memorable/funniest on-camera moment?

Hands down, the funniest on-camera moment I remember was reporting the weather live from the fair in Eastern Idaho. The reporter who was tossing over to me was very short, and I guess I am very tall, so I’m told! But when they panned over to include both her and I in the shot, the cameraman forgot to zoom out, so as I’m giving the forecast, the viewers can see the reporter and just my stomach with the microphone.

What would people be surprised to know about you?  

It may not be a surprise to some, but nevertheless I love the outdoors! Go figure the weatherman loves to be outside. But in all honesty my all time favorite activity is hiking and exploring any and all things outdoors. In fact I specifically LOVE to climb mountain summits! Prior to The Weather Channel, I was living out in Idaho and I had a goal to climb 6 mountains each summer. I still plan on climbing mountains as much as I can and whenever I get the time!

What sparked your passion for weather?

For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated by the weather and drawn to storms and hurricanes. Growing up in South Florida, being at the beach and looking inland during the summer with the typical afternoon thunderstorms building on the horizon always put a smile on my face! I remember setting my alarm clock to ring at ridiculous hours of the night just so I could be up to see the storms move through.

If you could only have one piece of weather data what would you choose and why?

I would have to say THE CLOUDS. I know it isn’t high tech but there is so much that the clouds can tell us about the weather. It far surpasses any one instrument. Clouds can show incoming storms, approaching fronts, where rain is possible, where strong winds are, and where instability and stability is, and many other things like fair weather, how long it’ll likely stay sunny, and if it is going to be an epic sunset (you can thank the clouds for that!) Plus they’re just as amazing to watch and photograph too! We may be in the 21st century but just like our forefathers and times past, the clouds have so much to tell us today as they did way back when!

What do you want to say to our fans?

There is nothing that I love more than connecting with all of our fans! Anytime you have a question or would like more information on a particular weather topic or situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Also by all means, send in those awesome weather pics and even a cool sunset or landscape photo and I will do the same! Volunteering and getting out and about is something I love to do, so if you have a request please reach out!

Join the Discussion


  1. Hey Chris! I want to join the Weather Channel someday, and based on your experience, it would be a great idea. Any recommendations for a future meteorologist?

  2. Hi Chris! I’m a cloud fan, too! In Florida, they always come by and drop a lot of rain, especially when Hurricane Irma came through earlier this month!

  3. Welcome Chris, I’m a big fan of the weather channel. I would love to work at the weather channel someday soon. You do the weather really well. I’m from Athens TX and my most favorite thing I’m interested in is hurricanes.

  4. Welcome Chris, glad to have you and your expertise. I am from south Louisiana, but now live in central Mississippi. I took Navy boot camp in Orlando, Fla. 1971  and was stationed at a bombing range in Ocala national forest for 2 1/2 years, so I know a little about Florida weather.

  5. Hello Chris, and welcome to the Weather Channel! I have seen you there with Maria, and knew right away that you were a new person to the Weather Channel. I am not a fan of Winter, but enjoy the December snow, then the enjoyment stops when Old Man Winter get worse. Ha

  6. Welcome, Chris! It’s good to see another cloud fan! I have hundreds, if not thousands, of cloud pictures. Can’t get enough of those amazing sunrise, sunset and storm clouds!
    Glad you joined TWC.

    1. Thanks Keeshlon! An amazing sunrise, sunset or just a beautiful cumulus cloud never gets old!

    1. Appreciate it Laurie! And I am a baseball fan! Tampa Bay Rays is my team but now living in Atlanta I have to be a Braves fan!

  7. Welcome Chris! I agree with your passion for clouds, God’s canvas always paints a beautiful picture full of emotion and wisdom!

  8. Hi Chris,

    Welcome to the Weather Channel. I’ve been a weather “junkie” since childhood, so I can relate.

  9. Welcome to the Weather Channel, Chris! I love gazing at clouds, too. I plan to have a cloud gallery on my website. Have you read The Weather Experiment by Peter Moore? It tells the history of meteorology thru religion, art, writing and science, and there are many chapters on the development of the cloud classification system.

    1. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds like a great read! I’ll definitely have to look into it!

  10. Hi Chris, and welcome! I’m wondering what your car looked like after that epic hail storm. I would be afraid too!

    1. Thanks Chandler and thankfully as bad as the hail storm was my car made it through without a scratch or dent!

  11. Welcome to The Weather Channel, Chris “UCLA WX” Bruin! You will enjoy being a member of TWC for a long time. Just do not mess with either @maria-LaRosa or @kathrynprociv. After all, they get cranky when they do not have their morning cup of coffee and a donut. #yesILovecoffee ☕️🍩 By the way, go Sooners! #sooneralum ⭕️U

    1. Thanks Andy! And I’m working with @maria-larosa this morning so I’ll make sure she has her morning coffee before we start! I too am a coffee connoisseur myself!

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