The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 27, 2013

Gary England can’t stop the rain, but he can start the parade

NORMAN — “A gray, threatening sky failed to dampen the spirits of the brave-of-heart …” rang as true at the homecoming parade in 2013 as it had 80 years ago when the 1933 Sooner Magazine reported on the University of Oklahoma homecoming festivities.

Sooner fans, football royalty and footballers may have gotten a little more rain on Saturday than their predecessors of 80 years ago.

For the parade marshal, gray skies and rain were nothing new, but

meteorologist Gary England has probably spent more time inside looking at radar than outside in a convertible with the top down riding through the rain.

OU President David Boren said England was an easy choice because of the weather forecaster’s relationship with OU’s weather research.

“He was always one of the first people to apply what we had learned,” Boren said.

Neither the university’s top-rated school of meteorology or England’s weather prediction expertise was able to give the Sooners sunny skies on Saturday, however.

“We haven’t yet reached weather modification,” Boren joked.

England grew up in Seiling He attended OU and graduated in 1965.

“Me graduating in ’65 and coming where I come from and ending up as parade marshal proves that miracles still happen,” England said.

The science and technology side of weather prediction has come a long way from those early days. England remembers a 32-foot antenna modified to work with weather prediction.

As technology developed weather prediction became more effective. Doppler radar was a huge breakthrough.

“Radar is radar but the ability to manipulate that signal has been continuously improving early warning,” England said. “We’re so far along now. Improvement in radar has been nothing but phenomenal.”

England’s successful career in television broadcast didn’t start right out of the gate. He wanted to work in TV after he graduated and sent out many applications.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has state teachers worried about instruction

    OKLAHOMA CITY — With the Legislature’s repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they’re concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 states ...

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014

  • Rebels release train with bodies from jet

    HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gaza death toll passes 560

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Perry sending Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally. ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Better weather to aid in fire fight

    SPOKANE, Wash. — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State and is the largest in ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Gay, transgender workers gain U.S. bias protection

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable ...

    July 22, 2014