Dan Bickford is the meteorologist for 7 News on weekends. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and holds their “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” designation. He currently serves on the AMS Committee on the Station Scientist. He has served a term on the Society’s Board of Broadcast Meteorology, and is a three-time president of the Society’s Upstate Chapter.
Since first hearing the sounding of tornado sirens as a child, Dan has had a strong interest in weather, specifically strong storms. This led him to study at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in meteorology. His first on-air experience came during two spring seasons as a storm chaser for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City. While completing his studies, Dan also spent a year and a half as the weekend meteorologist for KSWO-TV in Lawton, OK/Wichita Falls, TX. College also included a two-year captaincy of the University of Oklahoma water polo team.
After graduating in December of 1993, Dan became the chief meteorologist at KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO/Pittsburg, KS. During that time, he became heavily involved in severe weather education, was a member of a local emergency management group, and became involved in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Project Impact campaign to mitigate severe weather losses. As a hobby, he also worked for four years as a radio personality for KXDG-FM in Joplin.
Since arriving in the Upstate, Dan has done a bit of everything..starting as the Daybreak meteorologist. Since then, he has reported live from severe storms, winter storms, and hurricanes…tagged along with storm researchers…and has participated in national weather research workshops.
Dan enjoys swimming, hiking, watching Chicago sports teams (and Oklahoma of course), and spending time with his wife.