Devon Lucie

Meteorologist, AMS CBM

Awards & Accreditations

Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, American Meteorological Society

Education

Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, University of Oklahoma

Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the University of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.

Q&A with Devon Lucie

What inspired you to become a meteorologist?
I grew up with a fear of thunder and tornadoes. I thought if I could learn more about how and why they occurred, a better understanding could help ease my fears.
What is your most memorable weather experience?
The May 3rd, 1999 Bridge Creek, Moore, Oklahoma Tornado. I was at the University of Oklahoma studying meteorology during finals week, and witnessed the tornado as it crossed over I-15 from the top floor of the Sarkeys Energy Center. This is the tornado that to this day holds the record for the fastest detected wind speed on Earth at an estimated 298 mph as recorded by the Doppler on Wheels.
Outside of weather, what are your hobbies and interests?
I LOVE to cook! In fact, I spent a summer in Denver living with my Uncle Sam Arnold who built The Fort Restaurant located near Red Rocks Amphitheater. I’m quite a sports fan too rooting for the University of Illinois in college football and basketball. To stay in shape, you can find me running and swimming most days out of the week.
Besides your parents, who as influenced you the most in your life?
Tom Skilling. I grew up watching his forecasts at 9 PM and finding his in-depth analysis of the weather fascinating!
What is a little known fact about you?
I lost part of my ring and middle fingers in an accident at a very early age involving an exercise bicycle.
What are your hopes and dreams for the profession of weather?
I would like to see phased array Doppler radar implemented on a much faster basis than currently scheduled. I firmly believe the cost would be recuperated in a very short time through its enhancement to public safety and possible mitigation to damage and loss of property.
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