Brent Watts was in 4th grade when the Flood of 85 nearly put his hometown of Buchanan underwater. That event sparked his interest in severe weather.
The Botetourt county native joined WDBJ7 Television in 1997 and has been the meteorologist on-duty during some of the region's most dramatic weather events, including tornado outbreaks in 2004, 2011 and 2016, flooding from tropical storms, and the 2012 Derecho.
Brent is a graduate of Old Dominion University and Mississippi State University's Broadcast Meteorology Program. His weathercasts have been awarded the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval (AMS).
When he's not delivering the forecast on WDBJ7 at Five, you'll find Brent designing graphics to enhance the weather presentations or covering unique weather and science stories for WDBJ7.com. Brent is also the architect behind First Alert Weather's digital products including the mobile weather app and social media.
Aside from work, Brent enjoys playing music (piano and drums), canoeing area rivers and traveling Virginia's scenic roads in search of great photographs. Brent resides in Roanoke with his wife Vicky and daughter Tori, along with pets Stuart and Riley.