Chief Meteorologist KTVX/KUCW-TV Salt Lake City, Utah
Certified Broadcast Meteorologist AMS
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Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
Favorite weather has to be winter snow, especially when it falls with little wind, accumulating and covering everything…leaving pine trees and other things bending down under the weight of the powder. Then upon sunrise, I enjoy seeing a light fog as the bright sun illuminates the freshly fallen delight.
My least favorite weather is wind and heat. Wind is especially annoying, messing up my hair, blowing dust into my eyes or making it impossible to enjoy working in my yard, gardening and mending to the flowers and lawn. Heat is difficult to deal with. Temperatures here in Salt Lake City, UT can approach or exceed 40 C/104 F. I can handle temperatures over 30 C/86 F, but 40 C is ridiculously hot. In Salt Lake City, UT we average 56 days per year above 32.2 C/90 F. It is a desert climate; and a dry heat, but it is always hot in the summer. My favorite temperature is 26.7 C or about 80 F. The nice thing about Salt Lake City is its proximity to the mountains (where it is cooler) and where we have 13 ski resorts within 45 minutes’ drive. And, it is always cooler in the mountains.
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
If I weren’t a Meteorologist, I would be an Environmental Forest Ranger, where I could be out in the mountains, enjoying their beauty every day and helping to improve the watershed, animal life and visitor experience…and where I could bring my camera along to take photos of everything around me!
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
Meteorologically, my perfect place to live would be Anchorage, Alaska, where there is plenty of winter snow, long summer days, frequent Aurora, lots of mountains and so many places to explore and enjoy. The weather is always changing, and it is not hot!
Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I started watching the weather carefully when I was between 4 and 5 years old. By the time I was 12, I decided I not only wanted to be a Meteorologist, but I wanted to be on Television. I followed my dream and have never looked back. I love my job and enjoy my work every day. It is a difficult profession; bad work hours, extreme deadlines, severe scrutiny from your managers (and especially from the public). I’ve had to develop a “thick skin”, but I would not do anything differently. When I speak to youngsters about planning for their life and profession, I always encourage them to get a good education and to follow their dreams…to do something they will enjoy for a job!
More about Dan Pope:
Dan Pope in 30 Seconds:Relishing the accurate prediction of hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, wind storms, hail, heavy rain, flash flooding, flooding, periods of cold and hot—my goal is saving the lives and property of viewers.
As a team player with my co-workers and other Meteorologists in the weather office, I am also a Professional Speaker, immersing myself in the community; becoming an emissary for KTVX-TV, presenting severe weather safety at schools, civic groups and community events. I am Social Media Savvy and I have personality…making myself the whole package. I eat, drink and sleep weather. It is in my DNA!Qualifications:
•Highly skilled with WSI TruVu Max and Titan Alert, Weather Central ESP Live/Fusion, Barron OMNI/VIPIR Radar and Omni, as well as Nexrad Nexgen National Weather Service Radar and Local Radar
•Highly skilled Office Supervisor; team player who works in concert with managers on building a strong weather presentation, and having a solid and professional appearance
•Highly skilled at live outside and on-site weather reporting/presenting live weather during newscasts
•Highly skilled with Social Media, weather apps for phone and tablets, multi-media and weather “.com” web sites
•Polished, clean-cut, respectable, friendly, team player, law abiding, executive appearance and hard working
•Expert understanding of running a 24-hour weather digital sub-channel•Participate in community events, frequently speak at local schools and civic organizations on weather safety
•AMS Seal of Approval; Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM #187)
•Highly skilled Consulting Meteorologist
•Co-Author of “Weather and Climate” Book
•Professional Speaker (Member of the National Speaker’s Association)
•KDRV-TV, Chief Meteorologist, office supervisor, producer/writer for half hour Winter Weather Special
•KSTU-TV, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, Freelance
•KSL-TV, Weekend Broadcast Meteorologist, Multi-Media Meteorologist, Reporter (live) & Science
•KTVX-TV, Chief Meteorologist, Office Supervisor, reporter for sweeps specials
•WISN-TV, Weekend Broadcast Meteorologist, Science, Environmental and Feature Reporter
•The Weather Channel (National Cable), On-Camera Meteorologist
•KOBI, KOTI, KRCR-TV, Chief Corporate Meteorologist, President Weathercast, Inc.
•KUTV-TV & Weatherbank, Inc., Broadcast Meteorologist, Radio Weathercaster, Forecaster, Weather ProducerAccomplishments & Awards:
•Helped increase ratings for weekends on KSL-TV 60% (February 2006 to February 2007)
•KSL-TV weekend ratings were number one for every rating’s cycle I was employed
•WISN-TV Weekend ratings were number one for every rating’s cycle; plus Sunday Night 10 PM News was the highest rated newscast of any “newscast” in the Milwaukee market for all three years I was employed
•Increased ratings for KTVX an average of 30% (with peaks of 50%) between 1992 and 2002
•Emmy Award, Best Team Newscast—St. George Floods, KTVX –TV 2005
•Nominated for the Weathercasting Emmy 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
•Salt Lake Tribune Best Weathercaster in Utah, four times
•Salt Lake City Weekly Best Weathercaster in Salt Lake City
•Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of AmericaEducation:B.S. Meteorology, University Of Utah, Salt Lake City, UtahService:
•Speaker (no charge) over 700 times on weather and weather safety, other topics
•North Salt Lake Trails and Parks advisory board member
•Father of the Year Awards emcee, bringing in 1.5 million in donations in 14 years
•Talent for Primary Children’s Medical Center Miracle Network Telethon, bringing in 12.5 million in donations over 5 years
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