Anthony Yanez's first day at KPRC will be remembered for more than just a new job. The date was July 15, 2003, and Hurricane Claudette was blasting everywhere -- from Galveston to Palacios. He realized he wasn't in Albuquerque, N.M., anymore.
Gone were the days of forecasting mild, warm weather and endless sunshine. Welcome to Houston, a city of four million, where a forecaster has to deal with oppressive heat, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
The work hours may seem odd, but Anthony loves his job. As the weekday morning meteorologist, Anthony wakes up at 2 a.m. He is into work at 3 a.m., and starting at 4:30 a.m., he's giving an hour-by-hour forecast to help you plan your day.
Anthony will soon be a published Children’s Book Author. His book, It’s A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle, will be out in the spring of 2014, published by Bright Sky Press. To get Anthony to visit your school, or if you’d like to schedule a book signing, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony is also the president of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals. One of HAHMP’s main objectives is providing Hispanic college scholarships for deserving students in Houston. Their Scholarship Gala is April 5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency. For tickets click here.
Anthony holds the American Meteorological Society seal of approval for television weathercasting, as well as the National Weather Association seal, given to broadcast meteorologists who have shown competency and on-air performance skills that are above standard. He is the former president of the Houston AMS chapter. After the 2011 drought, he created a presentation about what caused the hot and dry year and shared his findings at the State Water Board Directors Conference in Dallas.
Anthony has done it all in the news business: photography, editing, reporting, anchoring and even sports, but he found his true passion in weather.
Believe it or not, Anthony loves Houston humidity. While humidity doesn’t make for the best outdoor work out weather, he loves the challenge. Anthony has done the BP MS-150, the Kemah Olympic Triathlon, and the Sugar Land Half Marathon all in the last two years.
He is an avid skier and in the winter, his favorite spots to visit are Taos, Purgatory, and Vail. And, he is also a certified open-water SCUBA diver.