I was raised along the coast in Virginia Beach. I get asked quite often about what sparked my interest in weather and if living along the coast had anything to do with it. For many meteorologists it was a certain storm that set them on the weather path, but I can't say the same. I still have my embarrassing kindergarten artwork of lightning bolts and failed attempts at painting tornadoes. I fell in love with weather from the start!
In 2009, I packed up and moved to the mountains of central Pennsylvania. Penn State University was my new home at the time where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a focus in weather communications.
Before settling in eastern Kentucky, I was a director and on-air meteorologist for Weather World on WPSU/PCN in Pennsylvania. I also did some environmental reporting and anchoring for Weather or Not on CNET Channel 7 in Centre County, PA. Outside of broadcast, I worked on a winter weather forecasting project with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and volunteered at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA. I worked in cooperation with ZedX, Inc. on an agricultural meteorology project forecasting the movement of soybean rust, which kills millions of dollars in soybean crops every year, and forecasted swimming pool use based on weather conditions for PPG Industries. I also kept busy as a meteorology Teaching Assistant at Penn State University.
While I love the beach, the challenges of forecasting in the mountains led me to WYMT in the Fall of 2013 as the weekend meteorologist. I love teaching our viewers interesting things about the weather and help plan their day. You can also see me around the community reporting during the week.
On my off days, you'll likely find me somewhere outdoors either searching for a new hiking spot or, when it's warm, relaxing along one of our lakes.
I'm very proud to say I'm a part of the WYMT Mountain News team. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MeteorologistBrandonOrr) or email email@example.com.