ABOUT TENNESSEE VALLEY WEATHER

Fred Gossage and Ben Luna together in the first studio operated by Tennessee Valley Weather in 2021.

Tennessee Valley Weather launched April 12, 2020 to answer the need for enhanced local weather coverage in Southern Tennessee, North Alabama, and Northeast Mississippi.  Our goal was simple: to provide the communities we serve with the most professional and accurate weather information possible.  This led our team to become among the first in the nation to extend such coverage options to a given area using live Internet streaming technologies, mobile and smart television applications, and over-the-air content on affiliated radio stations.

From utilizing our own dual polarimetric doppler radar to our expansive network of weather sensors and cameras, the powerful suite of Baron Weather computer systems, and our state-of-the-art broadcast center, our team stands equipped to meet the evolving challenges of forecasting and storm tracking in the heart of “Dixie Alley.”  We work daily to answer the call that everyone in our coverage area is given fair, accurate, and as personalized weather coverage as possible, from sunny to stormy days alike.

Our viewing area includes a host of counties in Southern Tennessee, Northwest Alabama, and Northeast Mississippi.

Such efforts have earned our crew distinction in the broadcast industry.  In 2022, Tennessee Valley Weather was named “Best Public Service” in our division by the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters at its annual awards banquet.  The honor highlighted our team’s coverage of a 2021 tornado event through Southern Middle Tennessee.

We operated in our second studio from early 2022 until our new broadcast facility opened in late 2023.

We are passionate about our operation because we’re offering a service to our home.  Each member of our team is either “from around here” or has chosen to make their residence in the Tennessee Valley.  It’s also where our families and friends live.  It’s where we each live, work, and worship.  Serving our neighbors is a great honor and one we take seriously every day.  So, when storm clouds are forming or you’re simply wondering how warm or cool it’s going to be this afternoon, turn to Tennessee Valley Weather.  We’ll always keep you advised.

CONTACT THE TENNESSEE VALLEY WEATHER TEAM

Tennessee Valley Weather is housed in Studio A inside the Tennessee Valley Media Group Broadcast Center in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.  This state-of-the-art facility opened in 2023.

Need to speak to a member of our team?  Give us a shout at the phone number or the contact form below.  We love feedback from our viewers so drop us a line and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Members of our team routinely offer informative weather presentations to community groups and school classes for children of all ages depending on availability and severe weather potential.  Let us know when and were you'd like one of us to be, and we'll gladly work with you on making your event possible.

Phone:
931-629-2879


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 611
Lawrenceburg, TN  38464

Studios & Offices:
528 Weakley Creek Road
Lawrenceburg, TN  38464

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BEN LUNA

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Managing Meteorologist
Weekday Mornings


Ben’s love of weather and broadcasting goes back to his childhood when he would watch Nashville and Huntsville television meteorologists present daily forecasts and stay glued to the TV during severe weather coverage.  This put the idea of one day becoming a meteorologist in his mind at an early age.

This idea was cemented as destiny when on April 16, 1998, Tennessee’s first F-5 tornado touched down just miles from his house. Ben said that the events of that day and watching the community rally to help those affected by the historic twister confirmed what his one-day career would be.

Ben worked at WLX Radio in Lawrenceburg for just over 21 years.  In his time there he held a number of roles including serving as the station's general manager for several years.  He credits radio station owner Roger Wright as a major influence in his career and example of community dedication.  This led him to purse volunteering in a host of organizations including the American Red Cross, New Prospect Fire Department, Box 50 Responder Services Unit, and the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg.

A 2004 graduate of Lawrence County High School, Ben attended University of Tennessee Southern before being accepted into the Mississippi State University Broadcast Meteorology Program.  He has also been a part of meteorology programs from both Penn State University and Harvard University.

He is married to Sarah, a counselor at Lawrence County High School. They reside in Lawrenceburg and have a cat named Bob.  Ben also serves as pastor of Fall River and Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Churches.

He was awarded Lawrence County, TN’s “Citizen of the Year” in 2020 for his role in constructing a dual polarimetric doppler radar in Lawrenceburg and his leadership position in the Lawrence County volunteer and faith communities.

FRED GOSSAGE

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Chief Meteorologist
Weekday Evenings


Fred's interest in weather started way back in 1992, watching the coverage of Hurricane Andrew the first week of third grade and his teacher, Sue Garrett, taking the time to answer questions and explain what was happening.  That passing interest was then cemented into a long-life passion on March 27, 1994 when a violent tornado outbreak struck north central Alabama and adjacent areas of the Southeast.  Fred watched the coverage from James Spann, then at WBRC-TV in Birmingham prior to the move to ABC 33/40, as he covered the F4 tornado that struck the Goshen United Methodist Church near Piedmont, Alabama and its aftermath, including the death of 20 people in that church, and another 2 people lost elsewhere along the tornado's track.  Fred and his family encountered a funnel cloud in Shelby County, Alabama that evening in association with the same supercell thunderstorm that produced an F2 tornado in the Helena and Pelham areas of Alabama.

This happened around the time the internet became publicly available in residential homes and public schools, and Fred spent the next several years studying weather (even at a college textbook level while in high school) and using the also available real-time forecast data available on the internet to hone his forecasting experience and skills.  Fred's experience during that time included the April 8, 1998 F5 tornado near Birmingham, AL; the December 16, 2000 F4 tornado in Tuscaloosa; and the November 24, 2001 tornado outbreak in Alabama (the largest tornado outbreak in the state's history until 2011).

Professionally or as a hobbyist, Fred Gossage has been analyzing and forecasting weather in north central Alabama, southern Tennessee, and northeast Mississippi for over 27 years.  Professionally, this has included making weather-related dismissal decisions with the Pell City School System, leading forecast operations for national-level forecast website and social media companies, and even working as a forecaster and customer support meteorologist for Baron Weather in Huntsville.  His experience also includes being a severe weather analyst and radar technician at WBRC-TV in Birmingham. Fred was behind the scenes at the station driving the radar systems for on-air tornado coverage on April 27, 2011.  Fred's role there also included on-air severe weather coverage during the January 23, 2012 and March 2, 2012 significant tornado events. 

When Fred isn't working in the weather center, you might find him geeking out over the latest superhero movie... or you might just find him in the kitchen frying up some chicken, rolling out biscuits, and cooking collard greens.

KELLI ROSSON

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Staff Meteorologist
Weekday Middays


Kelli Rosson grew up in the Chicagoland area and has loved weather ever since she could spell the word 'meteorologist.' She has always had a fascination for weather, especially severe weather. Thankfully she did not experience much severe weather growing up, but she had her fair share of winter weather. The Groundhog Day Blizzard of 2011 dumped nearly 2 feet of snow at her house. Later that year, she was glued to the April 27th tornado outbreak coverage as the event unfolded. From there, she knew she wanted to become a meteorologist.

Kelli earned her meteorology degree at Western Kentucky University in 2018. While there, she was a forecaster for White Squirrel Weather. She was also one of 8 students selected for the competitive Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course, where she went out to the plains to forecast severe weather and see the forecast to its fruition.

After graduating from WKU, she worked at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as the weekend morning meteorologist. She moved on to become a news producer at WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama. Since moving to the Tennessee Valley, she married her husband, who is the Youth Director at Faith Church in Lawrenceburg. 

When Kelli is not looking at the radar, she is serving as a youth leader and a creative team member at church. She also loves to spend time outdoors, especially if her dog Theo is by her side.

You can watch Kelli on Middays on the Tennessee Valley Weather Channel and on Facebook and YouTube.

BRYAN WILSON

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Staff Meteorologist & Radar Analyst
Weekends


Bryan Wilson is the radar analyst and weekend weathercaster for the Tennessee valley weather channel. Bryan’s passion for weather extends back to his early childhood which he spent in Oklahoma, experiencing blizzards, tornadoes and everything in-between. As the years went on, these persistent extremely weather events planted a seed of passion in his head that continues to grow by the day.

Bryan was the first non-founding member of the Tennessee Valley Weather team, joining the team as radar analyst in May of 2020 after the installation of southern Tennessee’s first and only high resolution, dual-polarization Doppler radar.

Since his joining the team, Bryan has steered radar on some of the most impactful days in recent memory, such as March 25, 2021, when an EF-2 tornado impacted Wayne County, Tennessee.


When he isn’t gazing at the clouds, you can find him looking up at the night sky, studying the shapes of constellations and stars on clear nights and maintaining a great interest in the nation's space program.

Currently pursuing a degree in Physics, Bryan is working towards one day earning an NWA seal of approval.