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WFLA Adds Second Meteorologist This Week

Four days after announcing the hiring of meteorologist Bryan Bennett, Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA has announced it’s adding meteorologist Julie Phillips to its “Storm Team.”

“I’m very excited to be adding Julie, and more recently, Bryan Bennett to Storm Team 8.” said chief meteorologist Steve Jerve. “They are both well educated and experienced meteorologists with Florida forecasting experience.  They’ll fit well with our tradition of excellence and team work at News Channel 8.”

Phillips comes to WFLA from KTXS in Abilene, TX, where she is the morning meteorologist. She replaces Brooks Garner who left last month for KHOU in Houston. Her first day will be June 10.

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Tampa Meteorologist Shoots Footage of Mysterious Lights Over City

Tampa meteorologist Brooks Garner recently recorded some footage while walking his dog that shows unexplained lights flying in what appears to be formation over the skies of Tampa.

Garner, the meteorologist for Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, is leaving for Houston CBS affiliate KHOU in May. He told TVSpy, “What was it? I can’t say for sure. I speculate it was of a very ‘terrestrial’ origin — probably Chinese floating lanterns — but I was too far away to be sure… ”

The station posted the video to its website and to its facebook page to hear what viewers had to say about the sighitng. Some viewers were wary of WFLA’s news judgement saying “I do worry when “news” agencies post stuff like this. I assume it is tongue in cheek” while many others supported the Chinese lantern theory.

Garner added, “I don’t think it’s much of a story — but it did make for an interesting evening dog walk.”

Meteorologist Megan Hatton Leaving WFLA

Megan Hatton, the weekend morning meteorologist at WFLA, is leaving Tampa NBC affiliate and moving to Houston.

Hatton is joining her husband, a director at ABC O&O KTRK, in Texas. She joined WFLA in 2007 as a weather producer and fill-in meteorologist.

“WFLA was Megan’s first on-air weathercasting job, and she has grown enormously in that role. I know she’s going to join her husband in Houston, but if I was a news director there with a need for an accomplished meteorologist, I would hire her,” WFLA news director Don North said in a statement.

Hatton is the second WFLA meteorologist to announce her departure for Houston this week. Brooks Garner is joining KHOU.

Brooks Garner Leaving WFLA for KHOU

Brooks Garner, meteorologist for Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA, will be moving to the Houston CBS affiliate KHOU.

Garner said on his facebook page, “I’m excited to announce that been invited to join the weather team at KHOU in Houston, starting in May! Thank you to all who’ve made my experience in Tampa Bay something I’ll always treasure. Your kind words and well wishes have truly been humbling.”

Before starting at WFLA in 2010, Garner was chief meteorologist at WIS in Columbia, SC. He started his on-air career at KMEG in Sioux City, IA and was a weather producer for WHDH in Boston.

KHOU said on its website Garner will do the weekday weather on the Noon and 4:00 p.m. news.