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Bruce DePrest, Channel 3’s esteemed Chief Meteorologist, is renowned for delivering Connecticut’s most accurate live weather updates and forecasts. Every weeknight on Eyewitness News at 5, 6, and 11, he provides invaluable meteorological insights from the Early Warning Forecast Center.
Bruce’s journey with Channel 3 began in 1984 when he joined as the weekend meteorologist, a role he embraced for almost 14 years before transitioning to Eyewitness News This Morning. In recognition of his expertise and dedication, Channel 3 promoted Bruce to Chief Meteorologist in 2002. Prior to his tenure at Channel 3, he served as a meteorologist at The Travelers Weather Service in Hartford from 1979 to 1984.
In 1978, Bruce graduated with honors, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology from Lowell University in Massachusetts. As a testament to his proficiency in weathercasting, Bruce is a proud member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and holds the esteemed AMS Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting.
Throughout his career, Bruce has received accolades for his exceptional work in meteorology. The Connecticut Associated Press Broadcasters Association honored him with its Best Weather award in 1997 and other years.
Beyond his role as a meteorologist, Bruce has actively participated in significant scientific endeavors. During the winter of 1988, he played a vital role in the Experiment on Rapidly Intensifying Cyclones over the Atlantic (ERICA). Collaborating with government, military researchers, and scientists from various universities, the ERICA program involved flying hurricane hunter aircraft into the heart of East Coast storms. The data collected during this project contributed to a deeper understanding of winter storms for meteorologists.
Apart from his professional achievements, Bruce is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). He shares his life with his beloved wife, Cheryl, and is a proud father to two sons, Brenden and David, as well as a stepdaughter, Shannon. Bruce’s commitment to his craft, his community, and his family has made him a cherished figure in Connecticut’s meteorology landscape.