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Brad Sowder
Works at KOCO-TV
Attended The University of North Carolina at Asheville
Lives in Edmond, OK
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Is there yet another tornado to add to this list of controversial assessments? 
It was on the ground for an hour and tracked for 35 miles across the Oklahoma countryside on Saturday evening.  Wind speeds sampled by Doppler radar, estimated winds at more than 250 mph. It was rated an EF2, but why the low rating?
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Public storm shelters can be a bad idea.  Personal responsibility is the answer to weather safety.  
Having a severe weather plan for you and your family is an matter of personal responsibility in tornado-prone states.   So how can public shelters ever be a bad idea? In a large city like Oklahoma City with a metro population exceeding 1.3 million, 1.3  million people need access to adequate shelters.
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That's how I roll!
 
Just a little snow on this car... photo from Angele Leger Richard 
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That is a two story building in a very flooded Lake Texoma. 
As of Friday morning, a new record water level was established on Oklahoma’s largest lake.
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Looking for a better understanding of cap when talking about severe weather?  Look no farther.  
Wednesday’s severe weather forecast in Oklahoma called for the chance of severe weather throughout most of the state, but you may have also heard that this was conditional because of the cap.
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Morning Meteorologist at KOCO in Oklahoma City
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  • KOCO-TV
    Meteorologist, present
  • KOAA-TV
    Meteorologist, 2009 - 2012
  • KJCT-TV
    Meteorologist, 2006 - 2009
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Edmond, OK
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Roanoke VA - Knoxville TN - Asheville NC - Pueblo, CO - Grand Junction, CO
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Brad is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist forecasting and covering weather in Oklahoma City.
Introduction

Meteorologist Brad Sowder serves as weekday morning Meteorologist for KOCO 5 News in The Morning, with co- anchors Maggie Stokes and Wendell Edwards.  Prior to joining KOCO 5, Sowder served as Meteorologist for KOAA News 5 in Colorado Springs, CO, and Chief Meteorologist for KJCT News 8 in Grand Junction, CO.

Sowder earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  He holds CBM seal #284 from the American Meteorological Society, the highest level certification for broadcast meteorologists.

During his career, Sowder has covered all kinds of severe weather, from wildfires to blizzards to tornados.  He covered Colorado’s most destructive wildfire, the summer 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, many Front Range blizzards and numerous severe weather and tornado outbreaks.  Sowder enjoys keeping up with the latest developments in severe weather forecasting and coverage.   He has been honored many times for his excellence in forecasting, including the 2008 Best Weathercaster (Excellence) from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the 2007 Best Weathercaster (Nomination) from the Colorado Associated Press.

Sowder enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter and is active in his church.  He also enjoys cycling, mountain biking and winter sports and describes himself as both a weather nerd and a tech junkie.


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  • The University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Meteorology
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