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Oklahoma native Damien Lodes joined the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team in 2016.

When I look at a severe weather map, those aren’t just names to me. Those are towns with my family, friends, and loved-ones who live there. I love my job, and I treat the weather with the respect it deserves.

I was born in Kingfisher and grew up in Oklahoma City, so I’m about as Okie as you can get. The May 3, 1999 F5 tornado that hit Bridge Creek and Moore solidified my passion for meteorology, math, and physics.

Growing up, I always wanted to do two things – become a TV Meteorologist, and serve my country.

My first time in front of a green screen was as a first grader at the Omniplex (Science Museum) in Oklahoma City. I remember wearing a green t-shirt and laughed because you could see through me.

After graduating from Southeast High School, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I served in the Marines for five years as an air traffic controller.

After the Marines, I attended the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!!!). While at OU, I gave my first live, on-air forecast for OU Nightly. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology with minors in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science.

My TV career started in Midland, Texas. As Chief Meteorologist, I covered everything from record-breaking snow, to strong tornadoes. After Midland, I became Chief Meteorologist in Lawrence, Kansas. I loved both areas, but as Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

When I’m not hard-at-work forecasting, I am spending time with my amazing wife Noemi. You can also find me cheering hard for OU, the Thunder, and the Broncos. I also consider myself the “World’s Biggest Batman Fan” and I love talking about comics, movies, and music.

With hard work, luck, and a great support system (love you guys) – I am living my dream as a TV Meteorologist in Oklahoma City.

Make sure to follow me on Facebook @DamienLodes and Twitter @OKCWXMan.

Recent Articles
  • Triple-digit heat returns to Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY – After record-breaking rainfall over the past year, the state of Oklahoma will move into a dry and hot weather pattern as the “Heat Dome” takes over. While the Oklahoma City metro has been spared so far from triple-digit afternoon highs, that streak looks like it will come to an end as we head into the weekend. Our average first 100° high happens on July 10 for OKC. The earliest triple-digit high was April 12, 1972. The rain […]

  • Dangerous heat returns across the state

    OKLAHOMA CITY – We’ve heard it before: “It’s not just the heat, it’s also the humidity.” That will be the case Tuesday as dangerous heat returns to Oklahoma in what could be the hottest day so far in 2019. A majority of Central and Eastern Oklahoma is under a Heat Advisory for Tuesday afternoon. I would not be surprised if more counties are added to this advisory.  The dangerous heat and humidity will continue into tomorrow, so it’s possible there […]

  • Prepared 4 the storm: What to do during severe weather

    OKLAHOMA CITY -Storm season is here. Make sure you family is prepared for severe weather with these severe weather preparations and reminders. Feel free to share these safety tips with others!

  • Oklahoma City Rated in the Top 20 for Allergy Sufferers

    Oklahoma City has once again ranked as one of the top 20 worst cities to live with allergies. Conditions for Central Oklahoma have improved. In 2018 Oklahoma City ranked 9th in the US. Tree pollen is the primary culprit when it comes to itchy eyes, runny noses and sore throats. Mountain Cedar pollen, followed later by the Eastern Red Cedar normally “kickoff” our Springtime Allergy Season in Oklahoma. That is followed closely by the blooming of the Bradford Pear trees […]

  • St. Baldrick’s returns to combat childhood cancer

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Be a hero for kids with cancer! That’s the motto for this year’s Oklahoma City St. Baldrick’s event. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a national charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research. The organization’s signature event ask that fundraising volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with children undergoing treatment. This year’s festivities kick off Sunday, March 31 at VZD’s on North Western Avenue at 12 p.m. The registration starts at 12 p.m. and the shaving begins at […]

  • Why Is Winter Weather So Hard To Forecast?

    If you have access to the internet, social media or that one coworker that loves to small-talk, you have heard about the chance for winter weather this week in Oklahoma. Before you start clearing out grocery stores and shouting “SNOW THIS” and “ICE THAT” I’ll give you a meteorological “behind the scenes” of why winter weather forecasting is so difficult. With all forecasts, meteorologist rely heavily on computer models. We also incorporate our own pattern recognition and past experience to […]

  • Oklahoma snowfall statistics

    After the Record-Breaking snowfall Monday morning, I decided to crunch the numbers on Oklahoma snowfall. Here is what I found: Dating back to the Winter of 1892, the average first measurable snowfall for Oklahoma City is December 17th. Fun Fact: It has only snowed 4 times in Oklahoma City on Christmas Day (8 times on Christmas Eve). The average first day with at least 1″ of snowfall in Oklahoma City is January 1st. Oklahoma City averages 8″ of snow annually […]

  • Stay 4Warned: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 10 p.m.

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Storms will form west of OKC (El Reno area) around 5 p.m. Severe T-Storms (tornado threat, golf ball-size hail, and 60+ mph gusts) move into OKC Metro (Edmond-Norman/Mustang-Shawnee) around 6 p.m. Storms will stick around the OKC Metro until midnight, but decrease in intensity around 10 p.m. Another line on severe t-storms looks to move into the metro around 4-5 a.m. Sunday morning. Severe threats will be 60+ mph wind gusts, frequent lightning, small hail, and flooding […]

  • Expect storms, cold front after New Year’s weekend

    A cold front will make it’s way across Oklahoma today bringing breezy north winds gusting up to 30 mph. This will increase the tree pollen count. It is going to be a beautiful Saturday afternoon with highs in the 50’s, just make sure you have those tissues handy. Temperatures tonight will be in the 30’s as we welcome in 2017. Wind chills will be in the 20’s so it will be a cold night. Overnight lows will dip below freezing […]

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