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.
The weather will have its ups and downs this week and it could end with the region’s first chance of snow this fall.
Storms and showers are on the way after a muggy but calm start to the day.
Friday morning, Pittsburgh is waking up to temperatures in the 40s.
Showers and some thunderstorms will continue to affect the western Pennsylvania region today.
A line of storms is closing in on the region and could impact the afternoon commute.
It’s an active day for weather in the Pittsburgh area. Showers and thunderstorms have been moving through Wednesday morning.
Some powerful storms moved through the area on Tuesday, but more of the same is expected today.
The run of great weather we had over the long holiday weekend is over.
It’s shaping up to be an active day, weather-wise with showers and storms possible throughout the day.
Rain is expected to fall throughout the day and has prompted a Flood Watch.
A line of thunderstorms is closing in on western Pennsylvania.
If you’re sick of snow, you might want to avoid looking outside this weekend.
Another round of severe weather is closing in on the region, but at least it’s not snow this time.
Snowfall began winding down across the area Tuesday morning in the wake of our latest bout with winter weather.
This may sound like a broken record at this point, but more snow is on the way for much of the region.