Alabama is known for its tornadoes. And Wes Wyatt is there to cover it.
According to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, Alabama ranks #1 in violent tornadoes more than anywhere else in the country. The state has had 8 F5/EF5 tornadoes (over 200 mph winds) and 34 EF4 tornadoes (166 to 200 mph winds). From 1953 to 2014, there have been 620 tornado-related deaths mostly in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Tanner and Harvest, Alabama. The station even has its own podcast, Behind the Front, to educate and comment on weather events in this area of the South.
Wes Wyatt joined WBRC FOX6 News in 2010 as weekend meteorologist and primary back-up to the chief meteorologist. His forecasts can be seen on weekends at 9, 9:30, and 10 p.m., but he can also be seen Monday through Friday with the evening and morning teams, often filling in.
Wyatt is originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, so he is no stranger to Alabama’s ever-changing weather conditions. He came to WBRC from WVUA-TV where he served as chief meteorologist for seven years. Wyatt also served as an adjunct instructor of broadcast meteorology at the University of Alabama.
Prior to joining WVUA, Wyatt served as chief meteorologist for WTOK in Meridian, Mississippi. He says that sharing his passion for the weather is what he enjoys the most. He said he has helped train and mentor many meteorologists in the region. Today, he shares weather education in his community in his First Alert Storm Tracker vehicle. He says fall and spring are his favorite seasons and his favorite topic is talking “winter weather” in the southeast. He can remember the days as a youngster in Tuscaloosa waiting on the first snowflake to fall and contributes those memories to his early fascinations with the science of meteorology, says Wyatt.
Information of distinction as a meteorologist:
- Wyatt is the vice president of the National Weather Association Central Alabama Chapter.
- He was a recipient of an honorary resolution #767 from the State of Alabama House of Representatives for his severe weather coverage in West Alabama.
- He holds the American Meteorological Societies Certified Meteorologist Seal and the National Weather Association Seal of Approval.
- Wyatt spends his free time with his wife and two pups Baxter and Neiman, and during football season, he enjoys outdoor activities and football Saturdays in the fall. He also plays the guitar and spends time writing and composing music.
- He was named Best Weather Anchor by the Associated Press in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2015.
- Wyatt earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Science in Geography from the University of Alabama.