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Rudy Pearce is the weekday evening meteorologist for FOX 34. Watch him evenings 6 to 9 on FOX 34 NewsNOW and at 9 p.m. on the News at Nine. In addition, you may hear Rudy’s radio updates on Double T 104.3, AM 950-100.7FM, Magic 93.7, 97-3Yes!FM, Oldies 97.7, ROCK 96.9 and 107.7 The Eagle.
Rudy joins FOX 34 after being the weekend meteorologist for KWTX-TV in Waco. While at KWTX, Rudy covered the full gamut of weather, from winter ice storms to tornadoes to hurricanes to severe floods, extreme drought and wildfires. Rudy spent over three years at KWTX, just over two on the official payroll, and his entire last year of college as an intern. He credits his coworkers at KWTX for helping him transition into “the business.”
Rudy graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in meteorology in 2009. Originally he wanted to be a meteorologist in the Air Force after graduation, but this all changed with a broadcast meteorology class he took during his junior year. He says he instantly fell in love with broadcast meteorology and became fully committed to this career path during his internship at KWTX. While at Texas A&M Rudy was very active in his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, serving as the house manager for three years. He tries to go back to College Station at least once a year to watch an Aggie game and meet up with friends.
Rudy grew up in Europe, having lived five years in Germany, two years in South Wales and two years in Italy. His dad was an officer in the Air Force. While living overseas he was able to learn to speak German fluently, which worked out great since his mother is German, and her whole family still lives there. Even though he is now 5,000 miles away, he stays in touch with his family and travels back to Germany as much as possible. After Europe, Rudy moved to McKinney, Texas, and has lived in Texas ever since. He says he might not be a Texan by birth but certainly is a Texan by choice!
In his free time Rudy lives an active life. He is an avid runner, having run his first full marathon in 2010, and continues to compete in more. A die-hard sports fan might be an understatement, as he cheers on his beloved German National Soccer Team, Texas A&M Aggies, and all Dallas Sports teams (Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars, Rangers.) Since he was a toddler he has enjoyed skiing and now frequents the slopes in nearby New Mexico each winter. Rudy is also a proud Master Mason and member of the Elks lodge. Even in his free time he still is tuned into the weather and is an active member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. In 2014 Rudy was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts.
If you see Rudy out and about stop him and say hi, he loves to meet new people. You can also connect with him on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. If you have any weather related questions or would like Rudy to come speak to your school or youth group, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.