How an Oklahoma weatherman became larger than the tornadoes he tracked

Oklahoma’s no stranger to tornadoes. And for over forty years, Gary England has served as chief meteorologist for Oklahoma City’s local CBS affiliate, KWTV. The position is an incredibly important one out in “Tornado Alley,” where the apocalyptic weather events are most frequent thanks to the mixing of warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, hot and dry air from the west, and the jet stream. Sam Anderson for The New York Times Magazine has published a fantastic profile of the meteorologist, who’ll be retiring from his position at the end of the month after an iconic career that’s seen him guide residents through “roughly 2,000” tornadoes over the years.

The Channel 9 Weather Center is his home, and during some of the worst storms he…

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