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 latest round of winter weather has officially moved into the Pittsburgh area.
Hurricane Sandy continues on a course to make landfall in southern New Jersey late tonight or early Tuesday.
The wet weather is sticking around the Pittsburgh area for another day.
The day after storms moved through parts of the area, we are bracing for another round of gusty thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Severe weather struck the Pittsburgh area Thursday, knocking out power and bringing down trees.
Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon as a disturbance rolls in from the northwest. The warm, steamy atmosphere will kick off storms with lightning, potentially some hail and damaging winds.
A band of strong thunderstorms moved through the area overnight packing high winds and hail and more could be on the way Thursday.
Mother Nature is going to turn up the heat this week as temperatures will climb into the 90s. According to KDKA-TV Meteorologist Dennis Bowman, a mini heat wave is on the way for the Pittsburgh area this week.
A late-season blast of winter weather has settled into the area and is expected to stick around for the remainder of the day.
An approaching cold front will bring the threat of damaging winds to the area during the afternoon and early evening hours on Monday.
After a cool start this morning, some stormy weather could be ahead later tonight.
Some severe weather is rolling through the area today.
Don’t be fooled by that bright sunshine – the days of record heat in March are over as much more seasonal temperatures make a comeback.
The warm temperatures are sticking around, but some showers and thunderstorms could move through the area today.
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