Gary England visits Ardmore

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ARDMORE, OK - "Ever since I was in the seventh grade I wanted to do what I'm doing today," said Gary England. "I wanted to be a television meteorologist."

Gary England: that name's a ray of sunshine for thousands of Oklahomans, but he was also there when they needed lifesaving information.

Tuesday night the Oklahoma City meteorologist blew into Ardmore to share his stories from 40 years of forecasting, and what it takes to monitor weather for more than a million Oklahomans.

"It's focus," England said. "You're right here. You're the tornado. You're coming directly toward me. And the focus is right there. Where are you? What are you doing? Where are you going to go? What are you going to do when you get there?"

England was the very first to use doppler radar for weather warnings. His speech is part of a series of speakers the Noble Foundation brings to Ardmore, and they said he's a popular request.

"His name keeps coming up as someone that our audiences wanted to see," said Adam Calaway Noble Foundation Director of Communications.

"Weather is an interesting topic," said Scott Chapman, who attended the presentation. "Ardmore's been hit with several big tornadoes and I think it's something a lot of people would like to see."

After several decades on the weather desk, England's happy to share his legacy with southern Oklahoma.

"Brought a lot of new things to the table," said England. "Had a great time. Entertained a lot of folks for many years."

England now works in corporate relations for Griffin Communications.