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Brian Peters

Brian Peters watched lightning as a child, so it was no surprise that when a hurricane affected him in Florida, he would choose to go into the field of meteorology.  Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Florida State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Texas Christian University. His weather career has encompassed a number of National Weather Service offices around the Southeast US including offices at Tampa, Tallahassee, Atlanta, Fort Worth, Memphis, and Birmingham.  His last position with the National Weather Service was as Warning Coordination Meteorologist managing the severe weather program for much of North and Central Alabama working closely with the emergency management community and improving severe weather safety awareness.

In 1995, Brian was chosen as one of 15 meteorologists from across the country to serve on the National Weather Service's Olympic Weather Support Team for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.  His expertise in understanding and forecasting cold air damming played a key role in forecasts during the Games.  Brian also handled a number of special assignments within the National Weather Service including temporary assignment to Galveston for Hurricane Alicia and as a participant in the after-event survey of Hurricane Elena.  Brian's abilities in storm surveying also provided him an opportunity to serve on the Natural Disaster Survey team for the devastating Jarrell, Texas, tornado, one of the most destructive tornadoes ever.

Upon retiring from the National Weather Service in 2003, Brian joined the weather team at the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, AL, in 2004 as an on-air meteorologist.  One high point during his tenure there was the opportunity to fly through Hurricane Ivan with the Hurricane Hunters from Kessler Air Force Base and to report on Ivan's arrival on the Alabama Gulf coast.

Brian has also worked with attorneys and insurance companies on a variety of cases involving the interpretation and understanding of weather information.  He has gained invaluable experience with testimony in a number of cases.  In fact, Brian was once complimented by a judge who declared that even he understood the complexities of the weather as they were explained.

Brian has lived in Helena for over 25 years with his wife of 44 years, Jane, and enjoys having established roots.  Their daughter works in theater in Chicago.  They enjoy getting out to nature in their travel trailer.  Brian enjoys computers and digital photography.