By ASHLEY ANDERSON
No game of Hot Wheels is complete without a snowstorm made of sugar â€“ at least thatâ€™s what Brian Goode thought when he and his brother were â€œbuilding a cityâ€ with the toy vehicles as children.
â€œI spread (sugar) through the whole city and the cars wouldnâ€™t go, and it was just chaos. I got yelled at later for all that,â€ Goode laughed. â€œBut, the fun part about it is thatâ€™s when I think that moment hit me: … Thereâ€™s that point where everybody has control of everything theyâ€™re doing in life, but the weather is the one element that affects how your day will go or your plans.â€
From then on, weather became a passion for Goode, who studied up on meteorology as a teenager, while he coped with an ailment that kept him inside much of the time. â€œI had a disease called Angioedema, which is severe hives, allergies, and the version that I had I actually was allergic to everything, including the outside air,â€ Goode explained. â€œEven during fire drills, I wasnâ€™t even allowed to go outside. So, I did nothing but study. I would do research on books, and then I had my little Jambox radio, and I would actually record the news opens off TV at WAVE 3, and then Iâ€™d get my friends over and we would do our own newscasts.â€
Making the best of his tough situation paid off for Goode, who at the age of 13 became known as the Fern Creek Kroger Weatherman, breaking in over the grocery storeâ€™s intercom to announce the dayâ€™s weather. Running with his early experience in the trade, Goode next excelled at Western Kentucky University, where in 1998 he and his best friend created the WKU Storm Team, a student-run television meteorology club still in existence today at the school.
â€œThe plan was to be able to create a team, do a broadcast in a closed-circuit television station within the campus,â€ Goode said. â€œAnytime there was severe weather, weâ€™d break in live and cover it.â€
Goodeâ€™s club not only became a prime source of weather news across WKUâ€™s campus, but it also managed to merge the broadcasting and meteorology students, who historically had a divisive relationship,Â â€œbecause broadcast students werenâ€™t really interested in dealing with the science nerdy type, and then the nerdy types thought that there was too much ego in broadcasting.â€
But Goodeâ€™s club changed much of that. Proving successful at the college level, Goode eventually landed his first job in Bowling Green, followed by a position in Charleston, S.C. and later The Weather Channel in Atlanta.
Now a meteorologist at WAVE 3, airing at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and serving as the Weekend Sunrise Storm Center Meteorologist, Goode is happy to be home, reunited with his family. â€œThe ultimate goal was to be here at WAVE just because thatâ€™s what I grew up watching,â€ said Goode, whose idol and mentor was WAVE 3â€™s John Belski.
In fact, it was Belski who helped Goode throughout much of his career, even showing him around the WAVE 3 station when Goode was just 12 years old. â€œBelski was always my idol as a kid in weather, period,â€ Goode said. â€œHe was on WLKY at the time doing the weather. And really my main fascination with him became when he would always show Santa on the radar on Christmas Eve, and I really thought Santa was on the radar. His style was always the style I kind of related to, he was real fun.â€
As a teenager, Goode would call Belski to talk about the weather and seek advice. But it was a phone conversation with the veteran weatherman in 2010 that made the most difference in Goodeâ€™s career. â€œIt was July of 2010 that Belski called me at The Weather Channel, it was like 10 oâ€™clock at night and … he just wanted me to know that he was going to retire in September. No one knew yet. And he wanted me to throw my name in the hat.â€
Goode did just that, landing a job at WAVE 3 alongside former fellow intern at WLKY and diehard Belski fan, Kevin Harned.
The move back to Louisville has been one of excitement and enjoyment for Goode â€“ and his Bishon Frise, Nemo â€“ as heâ€™s become reacquainted with the wacky weather of the city. From pouring sugar â€œsnowâ€ to starting his own station in college and reporting throughout the East and the South, Goodeâ€™s finally made his way back to the one place he dreamed of working as a child. â€œIâ€™ve done a lot,â€ Goode reflected on his career. â€œI can check off the idea of working for NBC at a network level. Wasnâ€™t me. … Thatâ€™s not why Iâ€™m in the business. Iâ€™m in it because I love the community aspect, I love severe weather, live coverage … and I love snow. … Louisvilleâ€™s very unique geographically for having that. So being in this market where I am, I like.â€
Getting To Know Goode
I enjoy my job most because it allows the other side of me to come out: the creative side, the fun side, the side that allows me to be more outgoing, because Iâ€™m not like that naturally.
I would describe Louisvilleâ€™s weather as â€œtruly unexpected.â€ Itâ€™s a challenging city for weather. I love that we have the seasons that may not fall on the right times … We do have the extremes that happen in Louisvilleâ€™s climate. … We have some weird, weird stuff that happens here.
Favorite spot on a sunny day in Louisville is Cherokee Park.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day in Louisville is go see a movie. Iâ€™m a movie nut.
Follow Goodeâ€™s weather blog at blogs.wave3.com.