Eric Brill is Southern Idaho’s Chief Meteorologist with KMVT News.
Eric Brill joined KMVT as Chief Meteorologist in July 2019.
The journey for Eric to get to Southern Idaho has been quite an interesting one! He was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended college at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Upon graduating in 2015, Eric did some freelance work on Long Island before he was offered a full-time job in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Eric was at KXMB in Bismarck from September 2015 until June of 2016. During that time, he was able to experience wind chill values that were below -50° as well as calling tornado warnings before that of the National Weather Service. He also did some reporting during his time in the Dakotas, but wanted to focus on weather more than anything else.
Due to that desire to cover mainly weather, Eric moved to Beaumont, Texas, in June of 2016 to work at KJAC/KBMT. The chance to cover tropical weather was something that really intrigued him, and he was able to due exactly that in August 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall about 200 miles away from Beaumont, but the storm that wouldn't go anywhere continued to dump tremendous amounts of rain within Southeast Texas.
When it was all said and done, about a mile and a half from his apartment, there was a new record rainfall for a tropical system that was recorded in history for the United States; 60.58 inches of rain fell within the span of a week! To put that in perspective, it would take Twin Falls more than six years to get that much rain on average. While Harvey was ongoing, Eric had many sleepless nights of nonstop coverage that included two shifts of being on air for 18 hours straight.
Aside from Harvey, Eric also covered multiple severe weather/tornado outbreaks, historical snow events (for Southeast Texas standards) and was able to learn about the challenges of forecasting near the Gulf of Mexico.
During Eric's free-time, he likes to go exploring, and see what the given area that he lives in has to offer. He is looking forward to checking out all of the parks and falls that the region has to offer. You might even catch him on the slopes attempting to ski.
If you see him around town, don't hesitate to approach him and say hi!