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Brian van de Graaff

Monday - 2/14/2011, 9:57am  ET

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Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff has been with the ABC 7 Weather team for over a decade. He is currently the main weathercaster on weekday mornings for WJLA's sister station TBD TV. He also provides daily forecasts for Washington's Number 1 rated morning drive program on WTOP-FM. Brian has earned the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Seal of Approval.

Prior to his current role, he forecasted the weather for Good Morning Washington and ABC 7 News at Noon for 7 years. Brian's on-air career path took him from Salisbury, Maryland to Richmond, Virginia to New York City and back home to Washington, D.C.

Brian was born in Arlington, but grew up in the rural Virginia communities of Culpeper and Madison. As a graduate of George Mason University, he jumped right into the business shadowing his mentor, Doug Hill.

"It was not only my studies, but my one-on-one attention from Doug that helped me hone my forecasting skills," says Brian.

It is not uncommon to see Brian crisscrossing the region in the Storm Chaser 7, the station's mobile weather vehicle. The brightly painted vehicle is outfitted with top quality weather instruments, which are excellent tools to teach kids about weather and weather safety.

An Eagle Scout, Brian has hiked and backpacked throughout the U.S, from the Appalachian Trail in the East to the Grand Canyon in the West and points in between. Travel is also a favorite hobby of his as he has ventured across the U.S. and the globe, the farthest journey thus far being Australia.

Brian, his wife Kristen and their son live in Fairfax, Virginia.