Barrett Phillips has had an interest in weather since his early years as a child.
He would look at the clouds and tell people how amazing they were at age four. At eight, he decided to pursue Broadcast Meteorology and has since never looked back.
After studying at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Barrett earned degrees in Communication, Meteorology, Climatology, and History. During his sophomore and junior years he was a part of the Oklahoma Weather Lab applying what he had learned in class to weather models and even taught other students forecasting. His senior year, he became involved in OU Nightly, a student-organized news cast, where he would present the weather over the air.
KOKH Fox 25 in Oklahoma City contacted Barrett about an internship his senior year. Spending two semesters at KOKH Fox 25, Barrett worked firsthand during the May 2013 Moore and El Reno, OK tornadoes as well as two unusually strong blizzards that impacted the western half of the state.
In December of 2013, Barrett got his first break in the industry at KOTA – Territory News in Rapid City, SD (Black Hills) as the Weekend Meteorologist/Weekday Reporter. That winter was one of the coldest and snowiest on record for Rapid City. Only seven months later, he landed a Chief Meteorologist position at KIDY Fox News in San Angelo, TX. Being there for four years, he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to build a weather center from the ground up at a brand new station, making his mark in the area.
Barrett was born and raised in Arkansas and is glad to be back in the south. On the weekends during football season, you can catch him watching his Oklahoma Sooners. He is also an outdoorsman, so when the Sooners are not playing, you can catch him fishing, camping, grilling, or swimming in a local lake. He is glad to call Central Louisiana home!