Gary England retiring at the end of August
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Gary England retiring at the end of August

Oklahoma City : OK : USA | Jul 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM PDT
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Gary England, Oklahoma's premiere meteorologist, will be retiring as the chief meteorologist on KWTV Channel 9 News on August 31. He joined KWTV in 1972. According to a July 25 report by The Norman Transcript, Gary England will become the Vice President for Corporate Relations at the news station.

England is an award-winning meteorologist. He has won three Emmys and the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is recognized around the world as a severe weather authority. Gary England was honored as one of the “100 Heroes and Outlaws” for Oklahoma's first 100 years.

“I can't imagine springtime in Oklahoma without Gary,” Clark Miller, from Oklahoma City, said. “I'm glad he's not retiring completely. Despite his new role, I'm sure he'll be around to help those who are on the air in his place. He'd better be. We need him.”

Gary England was the first to use Doppler radar. KWTV Channel 9 News began using Doppler in 1981. He is the author of five books. Those books include “Friday Night in the Big Town,” “Weathering the Storm – Tornadoes, Television & Turmoil,” “Those Terrible Twisters,” “United States Weather” and “Oklahoma Weather.” England appeared in the movie, “Twister,” and was also listed as a “consultant” in the movie.

“I've lived in Oklahoma all my life and I've never had to go through a storm season without him,” Kay Wilson, from Norman, said. “I don't trust anyone else. He's saved my life more than once. I just have to trust he isn't leaving without making sure his replacement has a clue about the weather.

Gary England graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1965. He has is Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Meteorology. Seven years after earning his degree, he began his career on television at KWTV.

It will never been known how many lives Gary England has saved during his career at KWTV. He has seen the worst weather in the history of the state. He was on air when the tornado hit Moore in 1999. That storm produced the strongest winds ever recorded anywhere on earth. England was also warning people when another deadly tornado hit Moore, again, in May of this year.

“There is something calming about Gary England,” Lisa Montgomery, from Oklahoma City, said. “I know that if I can hear his voice and follow his directions, I will be safe. I don't know what I will do next spring without his voice.

Gary England will be stepping down from his position as chief meteorologist on August 30. He will take over his new role at KWTV Channel 9 News. He will be missed by the entire Sooner State.

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EmmaRileySutton is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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