Brooks Garner is the weekday Noon and 4pm meteorologist at KHOU 11. His most notable experience in Houston was sleeplessly covering the catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Harvey, alongside his colleagues, in August 2017 when over 55" of rain fell in parts of the region. The flood spared few and forced the emergency evacuation of the KHOU 11 studios, ultimately resulting in the first relocation of the broadcast facility in 57 years. Brooks and the crew had to immediately pick-up and run to higher ground as the brown waters of Buffalo Bayou rushed in.
Working in TV news for 15 years, he came to KHOU from from WFLA in Tampa. A highlight while he was there was flying into Hurricane Sandy with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters in October 2012. Reporting live from the eye as a passenger, he held on tight as the plane punched through the storm five times in what would become a turbulent 10 hour flight over the Bahamas. In Florida, he often flew weekly in the station helicopter, acting as a photographer and reporter of weather-related stories. Prior his years in Florida, he did weather at South Carolina's WIS-TV and at Sioux City's at KMEG.
Brooks holds the National Weather Association (NWA) and American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seals of Approval. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston with a BFA, he also completed the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology Program.
Brooks also played a role in a Hollywood movie, as a St. Louis broadcast meteorologist alongside Forest Whitaker and Renee Zellweger in "My Own Love Song" (2010). He also provided off-screen forecast consulting for two other feature films.
In the 1990s he rode his bicycle across the country in a seven-week trip from Virginia Beach to Los Angeles, carrying all 60+ pounds of his gear. Today he stays in shape working out, and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
Where are you from?
I was born in Georgia, but moved to snowy New England when I was of school age, where I grew up. I've now lived [back] in the southern region of the US for over a decade, enjoying the sunshine!
What are your favorite weather moments?
I love that moment right when it starts to rain when you can smell it. Meteorologically, that smell is called, "Petrichor". I also love it when it's about to snow!
Why made you want to study weather?
The weather bug bit me when Hurricane Gloria swept through Providence, RI, where I grew up in the 80s.
What was the greatest story you ever told?
I barely outran a tornado – on my bicycle. Then there was the time when the NOAA research airplane I was aboard inadvertently flew into a submarine surface-to-air missile testing range during a hurricane.
What kind of music do you like and who is your favorite band?
I've always liked most genres of music. I've got two fav bands: Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
What are your favorite foods?
Thai and Tex Mex.