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Chase Thomason joined the 4Warn Storm Team in August 2012. He comes to Oklahoma from Lubbock, Texas where he was a meteorologist at KJTV.

His love for Mother Nature’s fury started in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was raised. In his own backyard he was able to watch a unique weather phenomenon that only happens in two parts of the United States, lake-effect snow. This ignited his passion for meteorology.

Thomason moved south to “Tornado Alley” to study meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. In the heart of severe weather country he chased twisters, floated flash floods and weathered record-breaking ice storms. Thomason graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a double minor in mathematics and broadcast journalism.

Thomason started his career in Texas where he worked as a meteorologist for several years. He’s excited to be back in Oklahoma where he can put his severe weather knowledge to good use.

If Thomason is not forecasting weather, he can be found playing tennis or golfing. An avid snowboarder, he religiously flocks to Utah’s first snow of the season. Traveling is another favorite hobby; he hops on a plane whenever he gets the chance. Seoul, South Korea and the Great Barrier Reef are some of his favorite destinations. He hopes to travel back to Australia to visit Perth, the most isolated city in the World, in the near future.

An interesting fact, Thomason has family in Oklahoma. His grandmother was in her house when the May 3 tornadoes demolished her home. We are happy to report she weathered the storm and still lives in Moore.

Recent Articles
  • Large hail, damaging winds, an isolated tornado possible Tues. – Thurs.

      Showers and storms will track into eastern Oklahoma this afternoon. Temperatures will continue to stay above normal around 80 degrees. Fire danger will be very high today as skies clear and humidities drop.   SEVERE WEATHER will be possible in our state sometime Tuesday through Thursday.  Storm chances are low Tuesday because of the strong cap but a few isolated severe storms will be possible over southwestern Oklahoma. Our risk for severe weather will go up Wednesday.  A few supercells may develop near the dryline over central […]

  • Snow dusting not enough to bring Oklahoma out of burn ban, drought

    Oklahoma has had less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation for the entire month of January. It has been very dry plus all the plant life is dormant because it is winter. When the Oklahoma wind picks up it elevates the fire danger. All of these ingredients come together making wildfires a very high risk. Typically our fire season is from January to March. It is highly likely most of the state will be under high fire danger […]

  • WEATHER: Highs to approach 60 degrees with plenty of sunshine

    OKLAHOMA – Highs today will approach 60 degrees with plenty of sunshine. Even warmer temps are expected Sunday as southerly winds gust up to 40 mph. Fire danger will be elevated especially over western Oklahoma. A weak front will move through the state Sunday night. Temps will be cooler and near normal for the rest of the work week.

  • WEATHER: 7 day forecast; winter mix possible Saturday and Sunday

    Plenty of sun and warmer temperatures will continue through Thursday, with highs running well above normal in the 60s! Big changes arrive Thursday night as an arctic front pushes through the state. Friday will be cloudy and cold with just a slight chance of a winter mix. There is a better chance for some sleet/ice/snow on Saturday. A lot of uncertainties remain on this storm system.

  • Aaron Brackett’s 7 day forecast; more details on Midwest storm

    OKLAHOMA – How does the severe weather in the Midwest affect Oklahoma weather? Aaron Brackett answers that. A weak cold front blasted through the state today from the Midwest storms Temps will only drop about 10 degrees as we begin the work week. Seasonal weather expected Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances begin to go up Wednesday and Thursday as a powerful storm system approaches the state. A strong cold front is possible sometime Thursday. Some models are showing wintry precip. on […]

  • WEATHER: Chase Thomason’s Game Day forecast

    Morning showers continue to track to the east this morning. Rain should be well east of central OK after the lunch hour. Skies will gradually clear this afternoon with warm and windy conditions. A cool front will blast through the state early Sunday afternoon. Temps will only drop 10-15 degrees as we begin the work week. Seasonal weather expected Monday and Tuesday. Rain chances begin to go up Wednesday and Thursday as a powerful storm system approaches the state. A […]

  • UPDATE: Look for heavy rains, winds as the storms move past the metro area

    Storms will be out of the state by sunrise Saturday followed by chilly temps for the weekend. DOWNLOAD: Stay 4Warned with free weather app 4Warn Me Stay tuned for the latest on storm timing. We’ll keep you 4Warned.

  • New state record for May rainfall

    We thought the drought may have some help becoming dampened and that turned out to be correct. For the month of May 2013, the old rainfall amount record from 1982 was smashed by nearly 2 1/2 inches for the month of May just concluded Friday evening with tornadoes and floods in many parts of the metro OKC area. For May 2013, the city of Oklahoma City received a new record of 14.52 inches of rain. On average, the month of […]

  • UPDATE – GOOD NEWS: Weather stable for the next week as Summer approaches

    UPDATE, SUNDAY JUNE 2 @ 8:00am — Just like that, the weather can change. Computer models are now showing some severe weather this week, with hail and wind only. Very low tornado threat. Not expecting any severe weather outbreaks. However, central Oklahoma may be dealing with flooding once again. JUNE 1 @ 7:00am — With the near-constant severe weather over the last 12 days, we are in need of a break, Oklahoma. The good news: it appears we are going […]

  • Chase Thomason talks tornadoes at Fogarty Elementary

    KFOR’s Chase Thomason visited Fogarty Elementary in Guthrie to teach students about Oklahoma weather. It was the latest Weather School stop, and Chase taught the kids the “Tornado Dance” as well as severe weather preparedness. Fogarty Elementary were gracious hosts, sending Chase home with baked goods and a t-shirt.

  • Snow misses metro, nails northwestern Okla.

    CLINTON, Okla. – The winter storm just missed the metro but it was a different story for those in west-central Oklahoma. That area got hammered with the snow and ice. “I’ve seen cars covered with snow all the way to their doors,” stranded traveler Anthony Rodriguez said. “I’ve seen semis flipped over. It is just terrible. There is no way to get through.” The temperature in Clinton plummeted into the 20s Tuesday morning which created an icy mess over parking lots and side streets. […]