Gary England Gets His Close-Up

There’s a very interesting, and extremely well-reported, feature in the New York Times Magazine on Gary England, longtime KWTV Oklahoma City chief meteorologist, and what it’s like to forecast the weather in tornado-wracked OKC.

The Times Mag calls England “The Weather God of Oklahoma City.” 

England, 73, has been with the station for 41 years. Reporter Sam Anderson notes England’s weariness after studying weather, and more than a few catastrophic storms, during his long career:

At the end of the night, after the threats had passed, after he had narrated the deadly progress of another round of tornadoes, Gary England staggered out of his command module of screens. He looked depleted. I asked him how he could possibly unwind after so much drama. He told me he was going to do what he always did: go home, drink a glass of wine and eat a big plate of nachos. But he spoke without enthusiasm. “I’ve been eating too many nachos lately,” he said.  

England resigns from his station job and moves up to corporate at Griffin Communications later this month. 

Commented one Times Mag reader, “Andreia” of Freedomville:

Gary England was the voice of safety in my childhood. While other weathercasters have a habit of getting overexcited, Gary has been always been rational, calm and firm in his warnings. God bless Gary England.  

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.