The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 23, 2013

Long-time weather man England takes corporate role

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

OKLAHOMA CITY — Longtime KWTV meteorologist Gary England’s last daily on-air forecast will be Aug. 30, Griffin Communications announced Tuesday.

England, a native of Seiling, won’t be leaving KWTV, though. He will assume a new corporate role in which he will focus on severe storm mitigation, technology innovation, and audience relations.

“I’ve been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,” said England. “All of this represents a new, fresh and bold approach on my road of life and business. I am therefore very enthusiastic about the future.”

England will take on the role of vice president for corporate relations and weather development with a primary mission to continue to improve and develop enhanced weather systems and procedures to help keep Oklahomans safe.

England also will be developing a new signature on-air franchise named “Gary’s I’ll Keep You Advised,” which will focus on long-term weather patterns and events. He also will continue to represent News 9 at speeches, industry conferences and serve as in-house weather expert.

England attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics and meteorology. He served in the Navy before joining News 9 in 1972.

“Gary England is an icon. The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled,” said Griffin Communications Chairman and CEO David Griffin. “His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world.  When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary’s work.”

England is an internationally recognized authority on severe weather. In 1981, he became the first person in history to implement, with Enterprise Electronics, Doppler radar for direct warnings to the public. In 1990, he developed First Warning, an automated severe weather warning system that provides instant weather warning maps in the corner of the television screen. One year later he created StormTracker, a system that projected the path of storms and the time of their arrival, a program that is now used nationwide.

England also is the author of four books and the subject of another, and has become a much sought after consultant for weather specials produced by international channels from all areas of the globe.