Gary England

  • Aired:  09/04/13
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Meteorologist Gary England locates Tornado Alley on a map and defends residents of Oklahoma. (4:48)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

NOW, LET'S TURN TO GARY WITH THE

WEATHER.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, WELCOME.

THANKS FOR COMING ON!

>> YOU BET.

>> Stephen: NOW, FOR THOSE FEW

MEMBERS OF MY VIEWING AUDIENCE

OUT THERE WHO ARE NOT FROM THE

OKLAHOMA AREA, LET ME EXPLAIN

THAT YOU ARE GARY ENGLAND, THE

CHIEF METEOROLOGIST AT KW T.V.,

OKLAHOMA'S NEWS LEADER.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: OKLAHOMA'S OWN

NEWS 9, OKLAHOMA CITY.

YOU WERE THE TOP-RATED

METEOROLOGIST IN OKLAHOMA FOR 40

YEARS.

TORNADO ALLEY.

IF THERE WAS A TORNADO COMING

YOU TIER GUY THAT PEOPLE TALK

TO.

IN FACT, YOU APPEARED IN THE

MOVIE "TWISTER" AS A TORNADO

EXPERT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> TRUE.

TRUE STORY.

IT WAS QUITE FASCINATING.

THEY NEVER CALLED BACK.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU BECOME

A FAMOUS -- CAN I SAY WEATHERMAN

OR IS THAT AN INSULT TO

METEOROLOGISTS?

>> WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL ME.

>> Stephen: A CLOUD JOCKEY!

(LAUGHTER)

HOW DO YOU BECOME A SUPERSTAR

ROCK STAR IN METEOROLOGY?

>> LONG HOURS, A LOT OF DAYS, A

LOT OF TORNADOES, PEOPLE BUILD

CONFIDENCE IN YOU.

THEY TRUST YOU, YOU BECOME A

PART OF THEIR FAMILY BECAUSE

YOU'RE ON WITH THEM ALL THE TIME

DURING A SEVERE WEATHER AND IF

YOU WERE A CHILD AT HOME I WOULD

SAY TO YOU "CHILDREN THAT ARE

HOME ALONE, THIS IS WHAT I WANT

YOU DO.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CELLOR OR

BASEMENT GO TO THE CENTER PART

OF YOUR HOUSE, CLOSET OR

BATHROOM, WRAP UP WITH BLANKETS,

GET IN THE TUB, COVER UP IN CASE

THE TORNADO GOES BY."

>> Stephen: THAT'S IN CASE OF

A TORNADO.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: BUT OTHERWISE THE

CHILDREN SHOULD NOT LISTEN TO

THE MAN ON THE T.V.

(LAUGHTER)

>> THAT IS CORRECT!

>> Stephen: LET'S PUT UP A

WEATHER MAP, JIM.

THERE YOU GO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THIS IS THE WEATHER TODAY IN THE

UNITED STATES.

CAN YOU --S WHERE -- WHERE OVER

HERE IS TORNADO ALLEY.

>> WELL, THE PRIME TORNADO ALLEY

IS NORTH TEXAS INTO OKLAHOMA AND

SOUTHERN KANSAS BUT IT DOES

MIGRATE AROUND THE COUNTRY OVER

A PERIOD OF YEARS, TEN YEARS.

IN A FEW YEARS IT MIGHT MAINLY

BE EASTERN CANADA, ILLINOIS, IT

WILL ROTATE TO THE SOUTHEASTERN

PART OF THE COUNTRY.

SO WHERE THE MOST TORNADOES

OCCUR MIGRATES.

>> Stephen: IT'S NOT AN ALLEY,

THAT'S A WORM.

(LAUGHTER)

ALL RIGHT.

SO IT'S THIS, THIS, THIS AREA.

>> GENERALLY.

YOU GOT I, BABY.

>> Stephen: THIS IS WHERE

WE'RE IN TKAEUPBG IT IS WHAT

YOU'RE SAYING.

OKLAHOMA HAS HAD DEVASTATING

TORNADOES RECENTLY.

HOW BIG -- WHAT IS THE BIGGEST

TORNADO THAT OKLAHOMA'S EVER

FACED?

>> WELL, THE LARGEST TORNADO

THAT OKLAHOMA FACED OR ANY STATE

HAS FACED OCCURRED ON MAY 31

THIS YEAR.

IT WAS 2.6 MILES WIDE.

THINK ABOUT THAT.

2.6 MILES WIDE.

THE WINDS IN THE VICINITY OF 300

MILES PER HOUR.

IT WAS THE WIDEST, THE LARGEST

AND THE WINDS WERE CLOSEST TO

THE STRONGEST WE'VE EVER SEEN.

>> Stephen: WHY -- DO PEOPLE

LIVE IN OKLAHOMA?

(LAUGHTER)

NO OFFENSE.

BUT 300 MILES AN HOUR WINDS?

>> WELL, THAT'S JUST

OCCASIONALLY.

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: I UNDERSTAND

THERE'S A GESTURE YOU WOULD DO

WHEN THINGS WERE GOING TO BE

BAD.

PEOPLE KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO

BE A BAD STORM IF WHAT HAPPENED?

>> I TAKE MY COAT OFF SOMETIMES

THESE WEATHER EVENTS WE'RE ON

FOR SIX HOURS, I'VE BEEN ON AS

LONG AS TEN HOURS.

YOU DON'T GO TO THE BATHROOM,

JUST DO YOUR JOB.

AT SOME POINT YOU TAKE THE COAT

OFF.

>> Stephen: AND PEOPLE CALL A

PRIEST.

>> (LAUGHS)

THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA IN SOME

CASE BUS THE WARNINGS ARE GOOD

NOW DAYS AND THE GOOD THING

ABOUT A BIG TORNADO LIKE WE'VE

HAD RECENTLY IN OKLAHOMA AND

OTHER STATES, WE KNOW WHERE IT'S

GOING TO BE AND WHAT IT'S GOING

TO DO.

>> Stephen: LET ME ASK YOU

SOMETHING: ON THE MAP, WHY IS

THE SUN WEARING SUNGLASSES?

(LAUGHTER)

THE EARTH SHOULD WEAR THE

SUNGLASSES.

>> WELL, THAT'S TRUE.

THAT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: IT'S LIKE AN OVEN

WEARING OVEN MITTS.

(LAUGHTER)

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ME.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A FAMOUS

WEATHER MAN WITHOUT A WEATHERMAN

NAME.

YOUR NAME IS GARY ENGLAND.

SHOULDN'T IT BE SOMETHING LIKE

"SLEEP THINGERSLUSH?"

>> PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DO CHANGE THEIR

NAMES.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU EVER

THOUGHT ABOUT IT?

>> NO, NO.

>> Stephen: THINK ABOUT IT.

(LAUGHTER)

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR NAME TO

BE.

IF YOU COULD PICK A WEATHER

NAME?

WHAT ARE YOUR TWO FAVORITE

WEATHER PATTERNS?

>> I LO DO LOVE THE WIND AND I

DO LOVE THE RAIN.

>> Stephen: WINY RAIN.

SOUNDS.

>> WINDY RAIN.

>> Stephen: SOUNDS LIKE A

STRIPPER.

(LAUGHTER)

THANK YOU SO MUCH, METEOROLOGIST

GARY ENGLAND PROFILED IN

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