Brant came to Rapid City as soon as he got an offer to work for NewsCenter1.
“I thought I was dreaming,” he said. “I’ve been given an opportunity to forecast some of the most diverse and wide-ranging weather on the planet, in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Words cannot express how happy I am to be here as a historian, as a scientist, and as a lover of nature. These hills are a billion years old, and I get to live in their presence.”
Brant earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. and his master’s degree in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
History and meteorology, according to Brant, are intertwined and critically important in understanding the “why” and “how” of our modern word. His passion for Byzantine and Russian history brought him overseas to study the lands of Turkey, Russia, Finland and the Baltic States.
Brant believes in order to be a good meteorologist, you have to be able to visualize what you’re communicating to people. Along with documenting storms and tornadoes on the Great Plains, his passion for storm documentation and understanding meteorology has led him on expeditions into the eyes of hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Nate, cataloging important data and experiencing firsthand the power of nature.
“Experiencing these storms in person is critical to holistic forecasting. If I tell someone to expect 60 mph winds, I better darn well know what that looks like and what it’s capable of. Caring about the weather is caring about people.”
Brant is a huge sports fan among other things, claiming that the Cubs winning the World Series was “one of the best moments of [his] life.” The Chicago Bears football team and the New York Islanders Hockey team are next on his list of championships he’s waiting to witness. He says, “Don’t worry, we’ll be seeing them win championships before long as well. ??”
Brant’s hobbies include hiking, photography, storm chasing, traveling, running and visiting historical sites, of which the Black Hills area has many.
“Have you ever actually stopped to read historical markers along the road? They’re fascinating!”