Brian Wilkes has been the chief meteorologist for FOX59 since July 1995.

He is a graduate of Columbia College with a bachelor of science degree in science communication. He completed a two and a half year internship at WGN-9 (Chicago), under Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

Brian’s fascination with weather started early in fourth grade. Growing up on the far south side of Chicago, the blizzard of 1979 kept him out of school for two weeks! This sparked his excitement for weather, which continues to this day. Brian is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. In August of 1996, he received his Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Brian began his career as the chief meteorologist at his first station WSJV-TV, now the Fox Affiliate in Elkhart, Ind. for their 6 and 10 p.m. shows. During his time at WSJV, Brian produced, wrote, and hosted a documentary on the Palm Sunday tornadoes that ripped through South Bend in April of 1965.

During his time in Indianapolis, he has been honored with numerous awards. Brian was awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1996 for his severe weather special “Blown Away,” which he hosted and co-produced. He has also hosted two other severe weather specials “Ahead of the Storm” which won an Emmy in 2001.

But it’s not all serious business all the time. Brian showed his playful side in 2001, when he hosted and sang with his own orchestra during the “Singin’, Swingin’ Holiday Special”, which featured several musical artists from around Central Indiana. Not only does Brian like to forecast the weather, he enjoys teaching. When he’s not in front of the camera, Brian can be found visiting central Indiana schools throughout the year. You’ll also see him active in his community, often lending his time and talents to various charitable organizations.

Follow him on Twitter @BrianWilkes59wx


Recent Articles
  • Strong warm up coming soon; Timing next rain chance

    WET MONTH May has opened with measurable rainfall each day totaling 1.67″.  We will finally get some dry time after a few spotty showers diminish Thursday evening.   The western flank of a low pressure anchored over the eastern US is still generating some instability combined with the heating of the day.  Showers in the area are expected to wither away after sunset. CHILLY STRETCH ENDING Early morning low temps reach the upper 30s Thursday morning at Peru, Crawfordsville and […]

  • May’s open the wettest in 20 years; Dry time is coming along with big warm up

    CHILLY WEDNESDAY It felt more like March Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures at 4 PM of 54° and northwest winds over 20 mph is more typical of a March 20th day.  The average high starting Thursday reaches 70° and will remain above 70° through October 4th. SHOWERS INCREASE OVERNIGHT Dry time is not going to hold and showers will once again roam central Indiana overnight. Coverage will increase to 30-40% of the area through the night. PLENTY OF RAIN RECENTLY How’s that […]

  • Historic wet spell continues; Tornado confirmed Sunday and a warm up coming

    WETTEST IN 81 YEARS We added to the 8 day rainfall total Tuesday bringing the tally to 3.64″ since April 26th.  The grass is getting tall and working outdoors has been hampered due to the rain.  Checking weather records, this ranks as the second wettest spell for the dates since 1935 when 4.01″ of rain fell. TORNADO CONFIRMED SUNDAY NIGHT The National Weather Service confirmed a brief tornado  touched down in Montgomery county Sunday night at 8:38 PM one mile southwest […]

  • May-like temps on hold for now; Cool work week with new rain chances

    SUNDAY’S SEVERE STORMS Violent thunderstorms moved across central Indiana Sunday evening and night.  As of 4 PM Monday there have been no confirmed tornadoes.  Large hail fell to the size of tennis balls near Clinton, Indiana (Vermillion Co) and in Beech Grove hail accumulated to 9″ in depth.  The hail accumulation was still visible late Monday afternoon.   Interesting to note, if the hail accumulation in Beech Grove (6″ to 9″ depth) were to have occurred over the airport, it […]

  • Final round of April showers to close the month; May’s opening week will be cool

    WET AT TIMES THIS WEEKEND We’ve had back to back beautiful weekends, but the final Saturday of April looks soggy.  Rain makes its return initially as some light rain or sprinkles overnight. The rain will increase in coverage Saturday. Will there be dry time? The answer is yes. There will be rain-free hours and gaps but rather limited on Saturday – the ‘drier’ of the two days looks now to be on Sunday. A final round of April showers spreads […]

  • Brief torando Thursday in Boone County; Preliminary report 100 mph winds

    It was brief, there were only a few storms and in a matter of moments a tornado touches down in Boone county Thursday afternoon. A state trooper spotted the funnel at 3:11 p.m. but radar indicated only very week rotation.  Several minutes passed and no warning was issued until the funnel reached the ground – now a tornado – at 3:25 p.m. and damages a barn near east of Whitestown.  Frightening moments for residents in Boone county. Ingredients were not that favorable […]

  • Bumpy night ahead, rounds of Storms overnight and few strong storms possible

    WARM FRONT ARRIVING Showers have spread northeast and arrived in the city for the evening commute.  These showers are expected to keeping moving northeast as a warm front spreads north through the state.  This is the same front that passed late last night but as a cold front.  Temperatures Wednesday were over 20 degrees colder than Tuesday and the first time we had a berlow normal day in two weeks. STORMS DEVELOP TONIGHT As warmer and more unstable air moves up […]

  • Thunderstorms easing this evening; Tornado reported earlier Tuesday night

    There was a report of a tornado this evening in Greene Co just before 7:30 PM southwest of Worthington. The  tornado warning was issued and in effect thru 8 PM for a portion of Green, Owen and western Monroe Co. but was cancelled early.  A pair of northeast and eastbound t-storms converged over Owen, Greene and western Monroe Co.  just before 7:30 pm creating a brief spin up of a tornado.  A small tornado was observed with damage to a barn […]

  • Few evening storms then clearing and colder; Super Spring weekend

    ISOLATED AFTERNOON STORMS I liken Friday’s storms to heating up “Jiffy-pop” popcorn – The build up of clouds during the heating of the day and a few t-storms pop to life.  These slow moving and widely scattered storms will produce brief, heavy downpours, lightning, thunder and perhaps some small hail.  Drifting south through the late afternoon they will diminish around or just after sunset. A low pressure churning overhead along with day-time heating combine to produce the afternoon storms.  The […]

  • Scattered storms Thursday evening; Showery end to week

    SCATTERED STORMS A few t-storms have come to life after a extended spell of rain free hours Thursday.  The heating of the day has brought to life a handful of storms.  These storms will produce locally heavy downpours as they move northeast through 8 pm.  A gusty storm with small hail is possible but should be isolated. Thunderstorms are driven by daytime heating and will diminish after sunset.  Showers however will be possible overnight.     UPPER LOW OVERHEAD A […]