Meet a Met: Bryce Link
June 5, 2018
Iowa State University – Meteorology
DTN Marine Meteorologist
How did you end up working at DTN?
I was hired along with the acquisition of Wilkens Weather, September 2017.
What is your favorite part about being in MetOps?
The fact that every single day is different. Weather is always changing.
What is the most challenging part of being in MetOps?
Tropical cyclone forecasting
What is the craziest weather event you’ve experienced personally?
Too many to pick one. Either the April 9th 2011 night storm chase across northwestern Iowa where we got a little too close to a large wedge, or a snow squall/ground blizzard event in eastern Iowa in January 2014. 70mph wind gusts in a convective snow squall is something I probably won’t get to experience again.
What is the craziest weather event you’ve helped a client with?
We’ve had several tropical cyclones make direct hits on client rigs/vessels in the West Pacific basin and the Bay of Bengal; those were all surreal to forecast for. The most difficult/craziest overall was probably Hurricane Joaquin’s impact on a route we had going through the Bahamas (the same system that sunk the El Faro).
What has been your most exciting day on the job?
This would be a tie between the Memorial Day and Tax Day floods in Houston. Issued non-stop severe thunderstorm, tornado, and flash flood warnings throughout the night and was unable to get home due to flooded roadways.
Any fun weather facts you’d like to share?
When it’s -25F to -30F outside you can make a snow gun out of a hot water pressure washer. It’s as awesome as you’re picturing it.
Alright, now a fun fact about yourself!
I used to do a ton of weather photography (less so in Houston because there isn’t much photogenic weather that happens down here) and videography. I’ve been fortunate enough to shoot tornadoes, shelf clouds, starscapes, stunning auroras, and crippling blizzards. The Midwest is an amazing place.