Kirsten Lang hired as the world’s first meteorologist in Tulsa | Local News

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There is not one specific weather event that changed my life and made me want to be a meteorologist. It was just the love of science.

For the past decade I’ve worked as a meteorologist all over the country, including here in Oklahoma for the past six years. After months of preparation, I’m happy to be the first meteorologist in Tulsa World’s 116-year history.

I was born and raised in San Antonio. I knew early on that being a meteorologist was something I wanted to explore. I used to spend evenings following the chief meteorologist at NBC’s San Antonio station, watching and admiring what she was doing. I was hooked.

After graduating from high school, I started asking myself all those questions that most young adults ask themselves. “What do I want to do with my life? What are my next steps? Well, at the time, my next steps took me to Baylor University, where I studied journalism and communications. I have always liked to write. I was on yearbook staff as a student, so I thought I’d explore that avenue.

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I have done internships in many media including local news channels and magazines. During my senior year at Baylor, I heard about a program that would allow me to move to New York for a semester and work there – so I had to take it. I spent four months interning and writing for the producers of “Good Morning America”. It was an experience like no other.

After my stay in New York, it was time to go home and graduate. At the time, I was working for a meteorologist in Waco, Texas, who inspired me to pursue my studies in meteorology. He knew and I knew that was where my heart was.

So I enrolled as a post-baccalaureate student at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio to study meteorology and mathematics. After a few years, I graduated and landed my first job as a meteorologist. I was finally living my dream.

My work as an audio visual meteorologist has taken me from Victoria, Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee. I then traveled from the Smoky Mountains to the Rockies and settled in Denver. While working in Denver, I met my husband. He then followed me to Tulsa.

I worked for five years as a meteorologist in Tulsa before starting a family and taking a step back. Although I loved being a stay-at-home mom to my two beautiful children, I missed the day-to-day routine of predicting the weather.

Fortunately, this new opportunity presented itself at Tulsa World and allowed me to combine two of my passions – meteorology and writing. Very often people ask me why certain weather events take place. This job at Tulsa World will allow me to bring that to you.

Lee Enterprises, owner of Tulsa World, has meteorologists serving its readers in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Virginia, and now Oklahoma. Together we will collaborate and share content on the most relevant weather topics.

I think it’s safe to say that the weather is something that brings us all together. It’s something that touches each of us on a daily basis, and the desire to be informed, especially in Oklahoma, is there.

My hope is not only to give you your daily predictions, but also to dive deeper into these big questions. You can find my daily video forecast each morning on tulsaworld.com and in our daily weather email newsletter, as well as on Tulsa World and my social media.

I want to answer your weather questions, so call me, email me, or message me on social media. I will answer these questions on Sunday in print and online.

I will also write a column each week called “Weather Wednesdays” in print and online. We have a number of special reports I will be doing that will look at how Oklahoma’s weather continues to change and what that’s affecting.

I will be live on tulsaworld.com and the Tulsa World Facebook and Twitter pages when extreme weather conditions appear.

I look forward to being there for you when it comes to weather and giving us the opportunity to have a relationship where you know you have a meteorologist who is there to answer your questions and help you better understand the weather. around you.

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