On-Camera Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist and Storm Specialist
Meteorologist Carl Parker has been a fan of the skies for as long as he can remember. “Even as a kid, and I mean a young kid---five, six years old---I was fascinated by storms. I would look out the window for long periods of time, watching the show. And I still do that today.” In a supporting role with the Met Expert Team, Parker shares that passion with The Weather Channel’s severe, tropical and winter weather experts, both on and off the air.
“It’s been quite an honor to work with our experts every day, all of whom are arguably among the very most knowledgeable specialists in their fields,” says Parker. “I’ve learned an enormous amount from them over many years, and I still do, on regular basis.”
During Hurricane Irene, Parker was at the expert desk with Dr. Rick Knabb and Bryan Norcross for the better part of two days, analyzing the storm and assessing the threats from North Carolina to New England. And he’s often found with Dr. Greg Forbes during severe outbreaks.
“Being on with Greg during the tornado Superoutbreak of 2011 was an intense and troubling experience. In all of the years I’ve been doing this, I’ve never been so immediately aware of how awful it was, just based on the radar scans from Alabama. It was tough to soldier on.”
Parker joined The Weather Channel as an On-Camera Meteorologist in 1999, and says that “it’s been very rewarding---now and again I’ll hear from people who say they heard me talk about the business end of a severe storm taking aim on a specific location, and that they then took cover and made it through.” Parker was an OCM for his first 12 years with The Weather Channel, and then joined the Expert Team just prior to the severe season in 2011.
From 1995 to 1999, Parker was with KPRC-TV in Houston, TX, garnering both personal and professional experience with tropical storms and hurricanes. He covered hurricane Georges and Opal from the field for KPRC, and would later chase powerful hurricane Bret on his own.
“Bret was still a tropical storm on a Friday afternoon, and by Sunday morning it had become a category four hurricane. On Sunday night I drove down to South Texas and got into the northern eyewall. Being in the presence of that kind of power, at the mercy of it really, hour after hour, is a remarkable and incredibly humbling experience. I’m really glad I did it, because I think it enables me to better understand what our viewers are going through.”
Prior to Houston, Parker worked for WHTM-TV and WHP-TV in Harrisburg, PA, where he covered the Superstorm of 1993, a freak of nature that clobbered the Eastern seaboard. He began his career in 1991 at WTVA-TV in Tupelo, MS, while still in the Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University. Parker also studied science and communications at the University of Maryland, and holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval.
Parker was born in Boston and raised in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He currently lives in northwest metro Atlanta with his wife of 10 years and their two young children. Parker is also a drummer/percussionist/keyboard composer, and a huge fan of live music.