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Brittany Van Voorhees

Meet WCNC Charlotte Meteorologist Brittany Van Voorhees
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Brittany Van Voorhees

My first fascination with weather came while growing up, constantly being told by my parents I was born after the "Storm of the Century" in 1993. I didn't understand the science (at the time), but I loved reading about how all the elements came together for this "superstorm." 

The second time came in fifth grade when I toured a TV station with my Girl Scout troop. I was hooked after standing and practicing at that green screen.

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, before my dad's job took us to central Florida just as I started high school. I attended the University of Florida where I received my Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication with a certificate in Meteorology and Climatology.

After college, the TV business took me to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I became a weekend meteorologist and weather producer. I tackled heat, humidity, hurricanes, and a little snow. Our biggest storm during my time there was Hurricane Matthew, which went right over our station and dumped over 14" of rain in some spots. While working full-time, I received my Master of Science in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

My second broadcast job was at WINK News in Fort Myers, Florida, where I served as the weekday morning meteorologist for almost three years. I covered multiple hurricanes (Michael, Dorian, Isaias, Eta, Elsa, and more), a meteotsunami, and the horrific red tide blooms. I also received my Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the American Meteorological Society while serving the people of southwest Florida.

I am thrilled to be in Charlotte and closer to my hometown, family, and friends. I just became an aunt for the first time, so I'm excited to make the trip easier back-and-forth to my nephew.

I believe our job as meteorologists isn’t just to forecast the weather. It’s explaining the science to you, the viewer, in a fun, accurate and engaging way. I try extremely hard to tell the weather story the way I think the viewer would want to hear it.

When I'm not in the weather center, I'm probably exploring the outdoors with my beloved dog, Roger, in tow and a tennis ball in hand. I love dancing, swimming, and watching the Florida Gators, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves. I’m an alumnus of the Chi Omega Fraternity and very passionate about our philanthropy, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

If you see me out and about, please don't hesitate to say hello or to ask me about the weather. I love volunteering for local organizations, so if you'd like me to come out to your event, shoot me an email.

Contact Brittany Van Voorhees at bvanvoorhe@wcnc.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.