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Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff - Top 5 Facts!

Heisenberg Published On Tue Jun 16 2020   Modified On Wed Jun 17 2020
Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff - Top 5 Facts!

Learn all the top facts you need to know about the meteorologist Brian van de Graaff.

Brian van de Graaff is well-recognized as the daily weather forecaster on the ABC 7 News. He is a member of the Storm Watch 7 team responsible for covering weather reports in the Washington D.C. area. As a meteorologist of Storm Watch 7, where he worked for over 19 years, he holds the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Seal of Approval.

For the daily audiences of Brian van de Graaff's weather briefings, his works are limited only to his forecasts. Many people know very little about the meteorologist apart from his work, but the regular viewers are growing curious to learn more about him. Below we compiled some important facts on his life, so keep on reading to find out.

Brian van de Graaff's Early Life

Brian van de Graaff - who is speculated to have undergone weight loss - was born in Arlington but grew up in the rural Virginia communities of Culpeper and Madison. Brian had a passion for weather from an early age. He also gained interest in broadcasting and media, which exactly co-relates to what he is doing right now.

Brian van de Graaff was born in Arlington but grew up in the rural Virginia communities of Culpeper and Madison.

Brian van de Graaff was born in Arlington but grew up in the rural Virginia communities of Culpeper and Madison.
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'I have always been interested in the weather,' Brian said, as mentioned in an article. 'When I realized that I could make a career out of a hobby and a passion, it clicked.' It appears Brian followed his childhood passion for getting to the place he is today.

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Brian van de Graaff Attended George Mason University

Brian van de Graaff got his college education from George Mason University, which was near to Washington D.C. As written on the university's website, Brian must have graduated with a degree in Communications.

Brian van de Graaff attended George Mason University.

Brian van de Graaff attended George Mason University.
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Brian van de Graaff considers the university's production classes the highlights of his college studies, which helped him a lot in his later career. 'My professors would describe me as a solid student who was always eager to learn,' Brian says. 'Communication professors Susie Tomasovic, Katherine Mangus, and Roger Smith had a unique impact on my time at Mason.'

Brian van de Graaff's Personal Life

Brian van de Graaff lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife, Kristen. The couple shares two children, and both of them also live with them.

Brian van de Graaff lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife, Kristen.

Brian van de Graaff lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife, Kristen.
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Brian loves to spend time at home. His house contains a yard, where he works hard maintaining it whenever he gets some free time off from his work. In fact he spends lots of his time working in the yard. 

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Brian also spends his leisure time playing tennis with his wife or playing his Wii. In addition, Brian also spends a part of his free time traveling. Some of the notable places Brian loves to visit are the Canary Islands, France, Italy, and Australia.

Brian van de Graaff Lives a Pretty Busy Life in His Working Days

Brian van de Graaff's job as a meteorologist may look easy while watching on the TV from your cozy home, but the job's much tougher in real life. Even with a solid foundation in meteorology and a background in communications, Brian is used to working long hours and packed schedules. 

Brian Van De Graff 2015 Weather Update

Brian wakes up before 2:30 a.m. and arrives at work by 3:30 a.m. He then begins the intensive on-air schedule, which includes 28 television and radio updates in four hours. After that, he makes school and publicity visits where he teaches students about weather and weather safety. He then returns to the station for mid-day news before his work day ends at 12:30 p.m.

Brian's Most Memorable Moment of His Career is Reporting Hurricane Katrina

Brian's meteorologist career involves numerous exciting and interest highlights throughout the years. But among them all, Brian considered his time before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 to be the most memorable one.

Brian considered his time before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 to be the most memorable moment of his career.

Brian considered his time before Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 to be the most memorable moment of his career.
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At the time, a few days before Katrina hit, he was in New Orleans. Just like 'the calm before the storm,' the weather before the storm in the city was beautiful with a slight breeze and bright blue skies. 

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Brian vividly remembers the experience he felt when the hurricane warnings began in the city. The hotel staff proclaimed to Brian that 'it is always so much fun when the storms come" and "we will take good care of you.' But he did not stay there and returned home before the storm came.

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