Brian Wilkes (Meteorologist) Bio, Age, Net worth, Awards, Career

Brian Wilkes

Brian Wilkes Biography

Brian Wilkes is an American journalist who 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.

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, but he also 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.


Brian is 55 years old as of 2023. He was born in 1968, in Indiana, the United States of America. He has not disclosed his date of birth thus it’s not known when he celebrates his birthday.

Wife | Gigi

He is married to his beautiful wife, Gigi Wikes.

Brian Wilkes Net Worth

Wilkes has an estimated net worth of between $2 million – $5 million, which he has earned by being a successful meteorologist.

Brian Wilkes Awards

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.


Brian Wilkes Career

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 week.

This sparked his excitement for the 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.

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Article by Brian Wilkes;

The National Weather Service in northeast Indiana confirmed Thursday evening that two brief tornadoes occurred just south of Huntington, in Huntington County, early Thursday morning.

The first tornadoes were rated an EF-1 (105 mph) and on the ground for 5 minutes with a path length of 2.5 miles. A second tornado rated stronger of EF-2 (120 mph) also was on the ground for five minutes with a path of 2.4 miles.

The survey stated that multiple tornado tracks were uncovered southeast of Huntington with the second tornado crossing the first tornado path near CR 200 and CR 100 East.

The time of the tornadoes was just before 1 a.m. Thursday. That brings this year’s state total to a preliminary total of 11 tornadoes. The state average is 22.

April Showers

Article by Brian Wilkes;


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.


April showers have been plentiful and rainfall for the month is running 1.26″ above normal. Since March 1st, the rainfall surplus is nearly 2″ above.

April started chilly but took a turn to mild in the final two weeks. Since March first this spring is the 9th warmest on record with 57% of days above normal.

The first week of May looks to trend cooler than average with afternoon temps failing to reach the 70° mark. The average high reaches 70° starting May 5th.

Longer ranger hints of much warmer weather by mid-month. We will update you next week. Have a great weekend and welcome to the month of May!

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Last Updated on 15th January 2023