Bryan Norcross Biography
Bryan Norcross is a renowned television meteorologist and hurricane specialist in the United States currently working for WPLG-TV Channel 10 in Miami, Florida, the ABC affiliate, since February 26, 2018, he also serves as a hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta.
Before joining WPLG-TV, Norcross was a chief meteorologist for WTVJ-TV (the NBC-owned and operated television station in Miami, Florida), where he became best-known for his part in that station’s coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Thereafter, Norcross became the Director of Meteorology for WFOR-TV, the CBS-owned and -operated television station in Miami, as well as a hurricane analyst for CBS News in New York City.
From 1996-2007, Bryan became a frequent fixture on CBS’s national newscasts during hurricane season. However, in June 2008, Bryan opted not to renew his contract with WFOR in order to create more time for America’s Emergency Network, a private company he formed with Max Mayfield, former director of the National Hurricane Center. Norcross is a resident of Miami Beach and has lived in Florida for most of his life.
Bryan Norcross Career
Norcross began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey on WTAI, an AM station in Melbourne, Florida in 1968 and 1969. During college days in Tallahassee, Florida he served on-air at WTAL-AM and WFSU-FM.
Moreover, he started in television as an engineer at WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Florida while in college. After his graduation in 1972, he moved to WXIA-TV (then WQXI-TV) in Atlanta where he worked as a maintenance engineer/technical director. In 1974, Norcross was promoted to acting Production Manager. Similarly, in 1975, he was transferred to KUSA-TV (then KBTV) in Denver as the evening director of the station’s newscasts. Furthermore, in 1976, Norcross was assigned to produce the 10:00 pm news which became the market’s highest-rated news program.
In 1977, Norcross was promoted and transferred to WLKY-TV in Louisville as News Director. During a house-hunting trip to Louisville in January 1978, a huge snowstorm hit the city. Norcross was the only news presenter in a position to get to the station and went live on air with the aid of two overnight engineers, he provided the city with the only TV coverage of the storm. In 1979, Bryan went back to Florida State University for a master’s degree.
After receiving his master’s degree in 1980, he became the first-weekend weathercaster on CNN after signing on in the same year. Norcross moved to KGO-TV in San Fransisco later that year, to cover the weekend weather and science reports during the week.
Moreover, in 1981, Bryan went back to Atlanta as Executive Producer for Documentaries and Magazines at WTBS, handling more of Ted Turner’s pet projects. Concurrently, he was the weekend meteorologist on WXIA-TV. In 1983, he moved to Miami as a weekend meteorologist for WPLG the ABC affiliate. Similarly, in 1984, Norcross moved to the 5:30 news where he created a concept known as Neighborhood Weather where the weather was done as part of a live feature daily.
Besides, in 1990, Norcross moved to WTVJ, the NBC-owned station, as Chief Meteorologist where he became well-known for his coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He joined WFOR as Director of Meteorology in 1996. In 2006, he gave up day-to-day weather casting responsibilities to concentrate on hurricanes and emergency communications issues.
Currently, Norcross works as a Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel since 2010. Additionally, from 2011-2013, he served as Sr. Executive Director of Weather Content and Presentation at The Weather Channel, he led the winter storm naming initiative in 2012. As of February 2018, Bryan’s primary role has been as Hurricane Specialist back at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, where he started his Miami broadcasting tenure in 1983.
Bryan Norcross Accolades
Norcross was named Expert Advisor to the Academic Task Force on Hurricane Catastrophe Insurance by Florida State Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, and a member of the Governor’s Committee to evaluate state response and recommend changes to the state emergency system by Governor Lawton Chiles.
In appreciation for his work before, during, and after Hurricane Andrew, Norcross received the 1993 David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication. As well, he was publicly recognized with designations of Bryan Norcross Days in Miami, Miami Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale, among other cities. Similarly, he’s the recipient of an Emmy Award from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and led the team that won DuPont and Peabody awards, recognizing WTVJ’s coverage of Hurricane Andrew.
Bryan was named Honorary Chairman of the Board of the South Florida Hurricane Warning museum project in Deerfield Beach. Besides, he has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Wolfsonian Museum on Miami Beach, operated by Florida International University.
Bryan Norcross Books
Norcross is the author of Hurricane Almanac 2006 – The Essential Guide to Storms Past, Present, and Future and the follow-up edition published in 2007 named Hurricane Almanac.
In July 2006, a companion website was built, HurricaneAlmanac.com, with Bryan’s updates to the book, bonus material, a shopping section for hurricane supplies, and the ability for users to suggest their own updates.
In May 2017, Norcross self-published his memoir on Hurricane Andrew, titled “My Hurricane Andrew Story.”
Bryan Norcross Education
Norcross has a bachelor’s degree in Science. He received his master’s degree in communications and Meteorology from Florida State University. In addition, he earned an honors doctorate in Public Service degree from Florida International University.
Bryan Norcross Age
Norcross is 70 years old as of 2020. He was born Bryan S. Norcross on November 24, 1950, in Riverside, New Jersey, the United States of America. He celebrates his birthday on the 24th of November every year.
Bryan Norcross Family
Norcross has not yet revealed any information regarding his parents and siblings. However, we are keeping close tabs to keep you posted.
Bryan Norcross Wife
Norcross has managed to keep his marital status away from the limelight. However, we will update this information as soon as it’s available to the public.
Bryan Norcross Height
Norcross stands at a height of 5 Feet 11 Inches.
Bryan Norcross Salary
Norcross earns an estimated salary of between $45,000-$120,000 p.a.
Bryan Norcross Net Worth
Norcross has an estimated net worth of between $1 million $5 million.