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Astrid Braunschmidt

Meteorologist

Changing weather patterns have followed Astrid since birth. Her first Christmas was a bitterly cold -38°C in Toronto, Ontario. From the time she was six until she was nine, Astrid and her family endured the seemingly endless grey, wet weather of Scotland. Upon returning to Canada in 1990, her family settled on the mild west coast…and they haven’t left.

Astrid was just 13 years old when she got the TV bug. It all began when she decided to volunteer at the local community cable station as part of her high school work experience program. From there, Astrid studied at the University of Victoria and graduated from Camosun College’s Applied Communication Program. In 2001, she joined the CTV News team as a videographer, working her way to the anchor desk, before settling in front of the green screen. Astrid’s love of travel and feeble attempts at gardening have fueled her passion for weather forecasting and reporting. She’s quite sure that the more she understands the microclimates on Vancouver Island, the better her garden will grow! When she’s not in-studio or spending time with her family, Astrid works with many local charities and non-profit organizations. Astrid and her husband have two boys and a shih tzu named Princess. Together they enjoy many outdoor activities including boating, fishing, hiking, skiing, swimming, golfing and cycling, but Astrid draws the line at camping.

Education

  • Applied Communication Diploma - Camosun College (Victoria, BC)
  • Mississippi State University - Broadcast Meteorology