Dennis is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Southwest High School there. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northwest Missouri State University and later earned his meteorology certification through Mississippi State University.
What transpired was a 35-year television weather career that took Dennis to KODE-TV, Joplin, Missouri, KQ-TV, St. Joseph, Missouri, WTVW-TV, Evansville, Indiana, WSTM-TV, Syracuse, New York, WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh, PA, and WIBW-TV, Topeka, Kansas.
Along the way, he dealt with a variety of weather challenges including tornado outbreaks, microbursts, intense lake effect snow events, coastal nor ‘easter blizzards and devastating river and flash flood situations. This has provided a broad base of weather knowledge for Dennis to work from and to share with others.
Throughout his broadcast career, Dennis Bowman has been a dedicated public servant. In 1986, he became the first broadcaster in Pennsylvania to receive the National Weather Service’s Public Service Award. He received this honor again in 1997 for special reports dedicated to severe weather safety.
As a versatile television personality, Dennis has filled many other roles apart from weather forecasting. In Syracuse, he hosted “Bowling for Dollars” and a daily children’s program “The STM Club.” He emceed the Miss Syracuse and Miss New York Pageants, 1983-1985. The first woman he crowned was a 20-year-old named Vanessa Williams.
An accomplished ventriloquist, Dennis has been in demand for thousands of entertainment ventures from educational school assemblies to AARP meetings, civic and church functions, fairs, festivals and corporate seminars.
The parents of two grown daughters, Dennis and his wife Debbie make their home in Bellevue.
Dennis is accredited by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He holds the esteemed Seals of Approval from both organizations for his broadcasts.
Before his retirement, Meteorologist Dennis Bowman put together a list of the top 10 weather events he’s covered during his time in Pittsburgh.
It’s a monumental week here at KDKA.
Severe weather moved through the area last night and more is on the way today.
The temperature plummeted overnight and another record has fallen along with it.
There was significant snowfall in quite a few places Thursday, and that was on top of the already ongoing flooding concerns. But the big concern now is falling temperatures that will likely dip into the single digits.
From rain to snow to a wintry mix to falling temperatures, Wednesday was a challenging day of winter weather in the Pittsburgh area. And now, more snow is on the way overnight.
Changing weather conditions are in store for the Pittsburgh region over the next couple of days.
The extreme cold we’ve been dealing with has broken another record.
Winter still has its cold, icy grip on our area and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.
If you’re planning on being outside at all for the next few days, you should probably bundle up.
A troublesome mix of precipitation is headed our way, today.
The latest round of winter weather is having an impact on the Wednesday morning commute and it will stick around for a while.
Some light snow has moved into the area this afternoon, and the National Weather Service is warning that it could cut down on visibility on local roads.
After forecasting the weather for more than 43-years, KDKA-TV meteorologist Dennis Bowman will be retiring this spring.
The Pittsburgh area had the usual wild swings of weather in 2014. From flooding to strong summer storms and a winter that dished out more than 63 inches of snow.