“Gary England is an icon,” said David Griffin, chairman and CEO of Griffin Communications, in a news release. “The impact that he has had on Oklahoma and the field of meteorology is unparalleled. His dedication and passion for weather has revolutionized severe weather systems and coverage not only in Oklahoma but throughout the world. When you see television weather across America, you are seeing the results of Gary's work.”
England, who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November and has received three regional Emmy Awards, is considered an authority on severe weather. In 1981, he became the first person in history to implement, with Enterprise Electronics, the world's first Doppler radar for direct warnings to the public, according to the station.