Brad Hlozek joined the East Texas Weather Team in March 2006 as the Weekend Meteorologist. He became KTRE's Chief Meteorologist in December of 2008, and continues to provide East Texans with an accurate, and informed weather forecast each weeknight at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
A graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Brad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in December of 2005. While at A&M, Brad had the exciting opportunity to storm chase. Although he never saw a tornado, the experiences of observing the radar and the storm structures while out in the field, was a great teaching tool.
One of Brad's most memorable experiences so far was covering Hurricane Ike when it came through East Texas on September 13, 2008. In working around the clock, he realized that covering a hurricane was both exhilarating, and exhausting at the same time.
On a lighter note, the Easter snow event in April of 2007 was quite remarkable for East Texans considering it was the latest snowfall to ever fall in East Texas for the early part of spring. Several inches of snow fell and stuck to the ground, leading to a "White Easter" for many across the Texas Forest Country.
Brad's experiences before he came to KTRE-TV included internships with Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller at KTRK (ABC 13) in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2004 and with Chief Meteorologist Bob French at in Bryan College Station, Texas in the summer and fall of 2005.
The Woodlands, Texas, is the place Brad calls home. He moved there in the late summer of 1992 and has seen the area grow in size and numbers ever since. He says the pine trees in Lufkin remind him of the pine trees and woods back home.
We will be drying out and heating up this week as the heat dome out west begins to migrate east and park itself over the Lone Star state. This will lead to climbing temperatures as we near triple digits by the weekend.
High pressure will influence our weather the rest of the week, which will keep us mainly dry. As it moves away this weekend, that will allow some decent rain and storm chances to return to the Piney Woods.
Tropical Storm Barry will track through Louisiana this weekend, providing us with some rain on the back side of his circulation. The passing showers, added cloud cover, and breezy-to-windy conditions at times will take an edge off the heat, too.