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!