Troy Kimmel, a native Texan, has been involved in broadcast meteorology even before his graduation from Texas A & M University (B.S., Geography) in 1984.
Starting in television back in 1978 at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, as Weather Director, he was responsible for the weeknight weathercasts. In 1984, he moved to KVUE 24 Television (ABC) in Austin where he worked for almost ten years. From 1993 to 1994, he worked as Chief Meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority and then from 1994 to 1997 as Chief Meteorologist with KTBC/Fox 7 Television. From 2003 through 2003, he worked as Chief Meteorologist with KEYE Television; he returned there as Chief Meteorologist in the summer of 2009. In 1997, he joined KVET/KASE/KFMK Radio Stations in Austin as Chief Meteorologist, a position he held until 2010.
Kimmel has been involved in teaching in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin as a Lecturer / Studies in Weather and Climate since 1988. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer effective in the fall of 2007. He teaches an introductory class entitled Weather and Climate as well as an upper level division class entitled Severe and Unusual Weather. He also serves as Manager of the Weather and Climate Resource Center in the Department of Geography and the Environment. In addition, he serves as a member on the University of Texas Safety and Security Committee as well as a member of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee in the College of Liberal Arts.
As owner of KimCo Meteorological Services, he provides meteorological data and services to companies. Since 1990, he has also worked as Team Meteorologist with the football program at Texas A & M University providing game day and practice forecasts.
Kimmel has been elected as a Councilor of the National Weather Association for 2008 through 2010. A strong proponent of continuing education for broadcast meteorologists, Kimmel has been tested and met the qualifications as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. In addition, he holds his Radio and Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and his Television Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association. He also holds a National Weather Service Certificate of Authority to take Basic Aviation Weather Observations. He has made several presentations at American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association meetings. In addition, he is author of several publications including Inclement/Severe Weather and Extreme Temperature/Precipitation/Wind/Pressure Climatology for Austin and South Central Texas (2006), SkyWarn – A Guide for National Weather Service Spotters in South Central Texas (2004), Central Texas Law Enforcement Weather Spotting/Information/Safety Handbook (2004) as well as the USA Broadcast Meteorologist/Weathercaster Directory (1999).
Kimmel lives in Austin and volunteers for several local agencies including being a member of Austin Police Department’s Civil Defense Battalion and CERT Team (where he has a special assignment to the Austin Police Department Training Academy, the Austin Airport Public Safety Division, the Operations Area at Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Office of Emergency Management). In addition, he volunteers as the Texas State Coordinator of CoCoRahs, the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, which is a national citizens grassroots weather observer network based at Colorado State University with support of NOAA/National Weather Service and the National Science Foundation.