Biography

I have been in the TV news industry for 25 years and have specialized in weather since 1996. I enjoy living in the Northwest, forecasting Portland weather, and spending time with my family. I was Chief Meteorologist at KOIN 6 News in Portland Oregon from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that I was the weekend weather guy at KGW in Portland for almost 10 years. With other northwest stops in Washington at KHQ in Spokane and before that, KAPP35-TV in Yakima.

I have been married to my wife Kelli for 15 years, and have two elementary school aged boys. I love spending time with them which includes building Legos, watching them on various sports teams and keeping an eye out for life’s ‘little moments’ that are each very special.

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  1. says

    SPEAKER INVITATION
    Dear Mr. Sussman-
    Please consider being a guest speaker for the “Planning for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery” course at Portland State University. If you are interested, please contact me for further information.
    Sincerely,
    Ric Stephens, Instructor

  2. mason says

    I have to say you are one of the best meteorologist I have ever seen i always love hearing your weather reports… and i count on you. Mason Haguewood =+)

  3. says

    Question – Is the Mississippi River flooding from the rain storms from a couple months ago? Or is it some fast snow melt from up North?

  4. Tom says

    Mr. Sussman: I have watched you for many years around Portland and you are a good meteorologist, but I have to say that Astoria should be on your high temp map and not Seaside!!! Unless I’m mistaken Astoria is larger in population than Seaside (expect when that Foote guy shows up around in late August). Why is Astoria missing from the map at 6:00?

    • says

      Tom: I certainly don’t mean to leave you guys out. I use two different sets of forecast maps–the ones during my earlier newscasts at 4-5pm include Astoria but not Seaside…then at 5:30 & 6 the reverse is true.
      So I’m trying to get as many places in as I can over the course of the evening weathercast with limited map space.

      Thanks for your note–I’ll try to work Astoria in as often as possible!

  5. C. Paul Anderson says

    Hi Bruce, I live in Newport. Can you tell me why the temperature here is in the low 60′s and 50′s while everywhere else is in the 80′s and 90′s? Thanks C. Paul Anderson

  6. Mike says

    Hi Bruce,

    My wife and I just moved to Vancouver, WA from the San Francisco Bay Area. We watched Brian Sussman on KPIX, the local CBS affiliate until he left. I have to assume that you are brothers, is that correct? Otherwise having two B. Sussman weathermen is just too strange a coincidence. You look younger than Brian so I have to think he is your older brother. True? How did the two of you end up in the same profession. Nice work by the way! We find the people up here take the weather more seriously than in SF.

    • says

      Hi Mike–I agree that PDX-Vancouver folks are pretty serious about their weather! I noticed the same thing when I moved here from Spokane, WA 15 years ago.

      And you’re right – Brian’s older than I am! But…instead of brothers…we’re cousins. And this is really crazy, but his brother Brad also did weather for many years in Cleveland. So…it just runs in the family. And Brian is the one who inspired both of us for sure.

      Welcome to Vancouver–it’s great to have you guys up here!

  7. Neal Christman says

    Bruce – you do a great job!
    One suggestion: When you report various regions (coast, valley, etc.), why not do a 7 day forecast for each region? The single PDX 7 day forecast does not apply to the coast, eastern Oregon, etc.

    • says

      Neal–thanks so much for your compliment and your question.

      Making the 7day forecast into something that covers other areas is something I’ve toyed with for awhile now–and LA weathercasts do it for the coast/valley/mountains/deserts etc.

      It’s on my list of things to try out–I’ll let you know when I do. The main thing is, I don’t want to take away from our current 7day forecast since that’s what most of us wait for.

      Have a great weekend!
      Bruce

  8. Roberta Brown says

    I think you are so happy with your job! But, where are you?
    I look forward to your up attitude. They should announce where
    you are. Thanks

    • says

      Charlie–

      Yes, indeed. I was down south with my family getting sunshine and am now back at KOIN Local 6. It’s good to be back–and with such crisp weather and great fall colors!

  9. John says

    I enjoy your weather reports and thank you for all the detail you provide.
    But.
    I’ve noticed that you identify the town of Rome on your weather map. Why? I used to drive from SF Bay to Boise via hyway 95 and would go thru Rome for may years, There’s nothing there! The last store/gas station closed in the mid 90′s.
    Jordan Valley, on the other hand is the hub of a large area of cattle ranches, has a high school and even holds a rodeo.

    • says

      John–

      Interesting. I knew Rome was small but did not know its basically closed up! I only have Rome on their during our statewide fly through–so, maybe I’ll look into Jordan Valley.

      At the very least…I’d like to visit there and see what’s going on in Jordan Valley…all because of your post! Thank you.

  10. Troy says

    Just a note that Sophie Stoeber is expecting snow soon… she threatened to wear her pajamas inside out last week (but forgot). As a courtesy to you, we will let you know when she puts that task back on her agenda so you can sucessfully predict the subsequent snow! (P.S. – great job on the weather so far this winter… clear and crisp, just how we like it!)

    • says

      Troy:

      We need Sophie and all the other kids around here to pull out the stops–and figure out the tricks to getting us snow in January or February! In the meantime, have a great Christmas and thanks for posting. Great hearing from you!

    • says

      Jim–thanks for the compliment. And yes, Brian and I are cousins. I went to visit he and his wife when I was 10 and he was doing weather in Reno, Nevada, and that’s what inspired me to get into my line of work.

      Have a great weekend–enjoy the warm up!

      Bruce

  11. says

    Hi there Bruce,

    I am looking to send a press release out to you about EYES + EDGE launch event coming up August 10th. What is the best email address to send it to?

    Holly

  12. Ed Gustafson says

    Hello Bruce,

    We watch for your weather report every night. I’m older than most of your viewers but please look up the January 1950 weather. It was the coldest in recent years. Some stats that I remember was the mean temp was 27 degrees. Total snow for the month was above 40 inches. The airport had to close twice for ice and near the end of the month in got down to minus 2 degrees. I don’t think most Portland folks know this.

    Ed

  13. Sandy says

    Hi Bruce,
    I noticed that Central Oregon weather has fallen off your radar. I try to catch
    it at 6:20 and keep my eyes open for the forecast at 11. Central Oregon
    is divided by a line. South of the line satellite service gives you Bend as
    your local stations and north of the line gives you Portland. YOU are my
    local weather and seeing that last minute reminder at 6 or 11 let’s me know
    if I’ll have to put an extra log on the fire at night. I hope you’ll bring Central
    Oregon back into the fold for a few seconds nightly. The forecasted temps
    alone would be a great help.
    Thanks!
    Sandy

  14. Gary says

    Why have you stopped including Central Oregon in your daily weather for forecasts? You have always been better then the local news and to be honest it’s the only reason I watch KOIN 6 news.

    Thanks
    Gary

    • says

      Gary–thanks to all the feeback I’ve received from you–and others like you–I am now including Central & Eastern Oregon in at least 2 weather forecasts each day.

      So please, if you will, keep watching! Thanks again for the note. Bruce.

  15. Carol says

    Bruce I always enjoy and appreciate your forecasts. I noticed that tonight you referred to contrails in the sky. Contrails are different from the aerosols being sprayed over Portland today (June 4). They are referred to as chemtrails, and people all over the world research this. A contrail dissipates within seconds , whereas the chemtrail lasts for hours and makes our blue sky milky. I suspect you already know about this. If people are interested, they can watch What in the world are they spraying. It’s on YouTube and DVD. Thank you.

  16. Lynn Latta says

    Hi Bruce, my son who is in 8th grade at Cedarwood Waldorf School needs a mentor for his 8th grade project. He is obsessed with weather and I know no one.
    Would you consider being a mentor for a project or can you please recommend someone.

    Thank you so much.
    Lynn Latta

  17. Tony says

    Mr Sussman how come I have not seen you doing the weather in the als few days? are you still employed by KOIN? are you vacationing? I hope you are still with KOIN.

    Thanks for responding.

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