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Featured Meteorologist – Nick Bender

Nick Bender - Kansas City, Missouri 

Nick Bender is the Weekday Morning Meteorologist at KMBC 9 News in Kansas City, MO. Nick received his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, and he began his career as a Broadcast Meteorologist in 2006. He has previously held positions at KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City, OK, KOTV News on 6 in Tulsa, OK and KVII Pronews 7 in Amarillo, TX.

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Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?

My most memorable weather event was the May 20, 2013 Moore, OK EF-5 Tornado. The May 24, 2011 Piedmont, OK EF-5 tornado, and the May 31, 2013 El Reno, OK Tornado also come to mind. Too many violent tornado events.

 May 20, 2013 Newcastle-South OKC-Moore EF-5 Tornado

Photo of the May 20, 2013 Newcastle-South OKC-Moore EF-5 Tornado was provided courtesy of Gabe Garfield.

Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?

I love a good ol’ fashion thunderstorm. Not severe. Distant lightning. Rolling thunder. Wide open plains.

I despise excessive heat! It’s good for nothing!

Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?

Whatever I had to be until I could be a meteorologist again! The weather and public service are inseparable passions of mine. Those will always be a part of me, one way or the other.

Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?

I’m right where I’ve always wanted to be: The Great Plains. I grew up in Pennsylvania, and while a lot of my classmates at Penn State loved snowstorms and winter weather, I had a passion for severe weather. When I heard about an F-5 tornado that hit a town called Moore, OK back on May 3, 1999, I knew I wanted to spend my life in the plains. I wanted to help anyway I could.

Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We live in a fascinating, frustrating and challenging time. Anyone with a smartphone and internet can throw a forecast out there about a crippling winter storm 360-hours out, country roads become traffic jams with storm chasers who don’t put the warning process and safety first, and I’ve lost count of how many weather apps are out there.
But for all of that, there are still so many humble and hungry people making tremendous advances in forecasting and communication. I’m grateful every day that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from incredible meteorologists who’ve dedicated their lives to the science and helping people.

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