December 13, 2007

Meteorologist Gene Norman Joins Channel 11 Weather Team

Former NASA scientist and MIT graduate Gene Norman is joining KHOU effective January 28th in anticipation of Chief Meteorologist Dr. Neil Frank's retirement sometime in 2008.

"Dr. Neil Frank has brought weather forecasting in Houston to a new level during his 20 year tenure at KHOU. As the former head of the National Hurricane Center, he is in a category all his own, "says Susan McEldoon, President and General Manager of KHOU.

"With Gene Norman we continue the tradition of hiring the most credible, highly credentialed meteorologist out there who also knows weather particular to the Gulf Coast region," McEldoon continued.

He will begin on air in February 2008. Dr. Neil Frank will remain Chief Meteorologist for several months as Norman makes the transition. Gene recently left CBS46 in Atlanta where he developed a state-of-the-art forecasting system that predicts storms down to neighborhood and even street level.

Norman has been honored four times with an Emmy by the local NATAS chapter for his weather reporting. He has also earned the Associated Press Award for Best Weather Reporting three years in a row (2005-2007).

He is a member of the National Weather Association, holds the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and has earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition for the quality of his weather broadcasts.

This marks Norman's return to Houston. He spent eight years working for NASA from 1986-1993 where he helped develop software for a computer that monitors the weather for the Space Shuttle. He made the move from space shuttle to local forecaster in 1993. He braved hurricanes to report live from the seashore during torrential rains and high surf and weeded through tornado-ravaged neighborhoods to bring the story to his community.

Norman holds a Bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in Meteorology from the University of Maryland.

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