Brandon Libby joined KIMT StormTeam 3 in May 2016 as the weekend and 4 p.m. meteorologist.
He was born in Woodland Hills, California, and lived around Southern California until he was 11. This is where Brandon gained his love for weather as normally California is known for abundant sunshine and warm temperatures — but he remembers that whenever a rare storm would roll through his neighborhood, he would be glued to the window in awe of the storm.
Brandon moved to Hugo, Minnesota, at the end of sixth grade where he grew to love the Midwest lifestyle. Of course, having frequent storms only grew his interest in meteorology, but he also enjoyed everything else that Midwest living had to offer. On one warm, summer day in May 2008, an EF3 tornado ripped through his neighborhood in Hugo, destroying houses just down the street and killing a young boy. That was the day he definitively knew that meteorology was the field he wanted to pursue.
Brandon attended Iowa State University and eventually became active in the school’s twice-a-week, all-weather television show, Cy’s Eyes on the Skies, eventually becoming the show’s producer in his final two years there. He also interned at KMSP –TV in the Twin Cities his junior year. These experiences allowed Brandon to become familiar with broadcast meteorology and eventually molded his career path to become a weatherman. Brandon graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in meteorology, landing at KIMT two days later.
He is excited to work for a station that covers both Iowa and Minnesota, as he has spent half his life in both states. He also looks forward to the challenge of forecasting for both severe weather and for big snowstorms as the Midwest often sees both.
In his free time Brandon likes to storm chase, ski, spend time outdoors, play with his pet rabbit, Thunder, cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones as well as Minnesota’s professional sports teams, and has aspirations to own a dog. His second biggest passion next to the weather is cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, a trait that will often carry onto television. Skol!