“There are three things really stuck out through my life,” says Harris. “One, God is great. Two, you can never go wrong with fried food. And three, playing sports means everything. So with that in mind, I went to church every Sunday, ate a lot of fried food and played every sport I could.”
While baseball was a passion of his, Harris soon realized he would need a plan B. “In baseball you can have a .300 batting average and be considered a good hitter. Think about it. You get a hit three out of ten at bats and you are doing your job well. Once I realized that I wouldn’t make it in Major League Baseball, I thought to myself, ‘what is another profession where you can be right roughly 50 percent of the time and still be doing your job well?’”
Harris says jokingly adds that’s weather came in to his life.
“In all seriousness, I have always enjoyed weather,” says Harris. “It’s amazing to me how weather changes every second.”
Living in Alabama all his life, Harris says he experienced just about every weather condition you can think about. Harris says a couple of things that come to mind when talking about weather in Alabama are the heat and tornadoes. “The heat is nearly unbearable at times,” says Harris.
“Especially one time in particular where my wife and I thought it would be an awesome idea to have a June, Alabama wedding. Even though it was 99 degrees that day, it turned out to be a gorgeous, sweaty wedding day.”
On the other side of severe weather, tornadoes are a typical occurrence in Alabama each and every year. “April 27, 2011 is a day that a lot of us can remember no matter where you live,” Harris says about the day a record 62 tornadoes hit the state.
Harris worked as a meteorologist at WAKA in Montgomery and watched in awe as the strong, EF-4 tornado ripped through the city of Tuscaloosa and many others cities before moving into northern Birmingham.
“It was definitely surreal and puts a knot in my stomach every time I think about watching that tornado on the station skycam,” says Harris.
“Now that I am in this beautiful city called Lexington, I can already feel a difference in the air,” says Harris. “My wife and I are extremely excited to call Lexington our new home. One thing that excites us the most is that we have a great chance to see snow this year. The only time I have seen more than four inches of snow is when I was working as a meteorologist in Texas where we received eight inches of snow.”
Before working in Montgomery, Harris was a meteorologist at KTEN in Denison, Texas. He studied meteorology at Mississippi State University.
Harris says he is often gets asked what is the best part about his job. “Meeting people is always my answer,” he says. “I really enjoy meeting and speaking to people, so if you ever see me around please come up and say hello.”