Juan Acuña joined the KRIS team happy to return to the Coastal Bend, a place he has called home for many years.
Growing up in Orange Grove, Acuña is a proud student of the Orange Grove Independent School District and graduate of Orange Grove High School.
His love for weather began at an early age, but it was in 1999 when category 4 Hurricane Bret hit just north of Corpus Christi that Acuña solidified his future career aspirations.
He recalls, “I remember my family and I were seeking shelter at the local junior high school in Orange Grove to ride out the storm. I was attached to the front doorways looking outside in amazement at the power the storm had. I knew then that I was hooked and I wanted to be the one people relied on to bring the latest forecast information.”
After high school, Acuña went on to attend The University of the Incarnate Word where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. After that, he continued his education and attended graduate school at Mississippi State University and received his Master of Science degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Applied Meteorology.
Driven by his desire to learn as much about weather and the hazards associated with them, Acuña is now taking graduate courses at American Military University in Disaster and Emergency Management.
Juan has loved every minute of his broadcasting career, but considers his time with the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, TX as a highlight; a position that he held for a little over a year. He was the first ever meteorologist hired by the state agency in their 100-year history and had the daunting task of forecasting for the entire state of Texas identifying areas susceptible to increased fire weather potential. He correlated daily forecasts with local, state and national officials with the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service, TxDOT, the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency and the Texas Military Department.
Now pushing seven years of forecasting Texas weather, he strives to produce forecasts relevant to the communities he serves. He wants to be certain that when severe weather threatens the Coastal Bend that he has all the latest information KRIS 6 viewers and his friends and family (who all live locally) need to stay safe.
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