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Brendan Johnson

First Alert Meteorologist
Madison, WI
Brendan Johnson

Meteorologist Brendan Johnson joined the NBC15 First Alert Weather Team in September 2020. You'll find him forecasting the weather on Saturday & Sunday evenings and throughout the week. Before joining NBC15, Brendan spent three years at KHBS/KHOG-TV in Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Arkansas.

While at 40/29, Brendan was apart of team coverage of an EF-2 tornado that tore through Mountainburg, Arkansas and reported on the damage in the days following. Heavy rains in the Spring of 2019 led to catastrophic flooding along the Arkansas River. Brendan forecasted the torrential downpours and was live in Fort Smith as the city faced several bridge closures due to a raging river. Brendan reported as two large barges drifted down the river towards the Webbers Falls Lock & Dam - a situation which brought back horrid memories of the 2002 I-40 bridge disaster.

Originally from the Chicago area, Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology & a Minor in Digital Media from Valparaiso University in 2017. While at Valpo, he was heavily involved in the campus television station & participated in a Convective Field Study - traveling more than 3,000 miles - chasing storms across the Plains. Brendan's internships include WTVO in Rockford, IL; CNN Worldwide in Atlanta, GA; and WGN-TV in Chicago, IL (where he got to work with legendary Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling).

While not forecasting or talking about the weather, Brendan enjoys hiking & exploring as well as spending time with his family & friends. The Johnson Family has two Golden Retrievers named Harley & Cooper. Brendan posts photos of them frequently.

Education
  • Valparaiso University '17 - Meteorology & Digital Media
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