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.
A strong cold front that brought severe weather and devastating tornadoes to Oklahoma and the plains is expected to move into Western Pennsylvania Wednesday, and Thursday.
There’s some rain on the radar today as wet weather moves through the area, ushering in some cooler temperatures for Mother’s Day weekend.
Our late winter/early spring storm is beginning to loosen its grip on the area after dumping some troublesome snow Monday morning.
The calendar may say spring, but winter won’t let go of its grasp of the Pittsburgh area.
Snow showers will move through the area Wednesday, and up to an inch of snow could fall before it’s all over.
A strong winter storm hit the Pittsburgh area Wednesday, causing school cancellations and delays.
Our next round of wintry weather will arrive later today and could impact the afternoon commute.
We are tracking another winter storm, which will arrive Tuesday evening and extend into Wednesday.
Another round of snow is expected this afternoon.
Another round of snow is poised to roll through the western Pennsylvania region Monday.
A line of strong storms will be moving through western Pennsylvania today, starting late this morning and running into the afternoon.
While the weather will be spring-like today, we’re in for a big change on Wednesday when severe storms will usher in the return of colder temperatures.
A wintry mix of precipitation will gradually change over to all rain today, but be prepared for icy spots to last into mid-morning.
The cold weather that has settled into the Pittsburgh area will make for a snowy end to the week.
It’s another very cold day in the Pittsburgh area and things don’t appear to be changing any time soon.