| Phil Price came to FOX23 after working ten years for KTUL, both as a Meteorologist and an Assignment Editor.|
Phil grew up right here in Tulsa. As a child, he was always curious about the weather. During the 1984 Memorial Day flood, he remembers watching TV, seeing the radar, and wondering how they could see the rain he was seeing outside. (Phil lived only a block from Mingo Creek: the same area of town where James Aydelott grew-up. In fact, they went to the same middle schools! Lewis and Clark.) After making it through that horrible flood, Phil was hooked on weather. He had to know and understand why Mother Nature was able to do so many “neat” things. Lucky for Phil, he was growing up in one of the few places that are able to experience all four seasons.
After graduating from Catoosa High School in 1993, Phil headed to the University of Arkansas on a Track and Field scholarship. While there, he studied Geography and Climatology. After competing in the 2000 Olympic Trials and spending four years as a professional athlete, he decided to continue following his love for TV weather. He returned home and was able to attended Mississippi State University, where he graduated from their Broadcast Meteorology Program.
A few questions for Phil:
What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?
I love the people. Everywhere I have been, I always run across people who say they know someone from Oklahoma. To me, that says a lot about our hospitality. When it comes to the weather, I love the extremes: excess heat, frigid cold, snow and severe storms. Rarely, is there a dull moment.
What’s your most memorable story?
April 24, 1993... the day an F-4 tornado devastated by hometown of Catoosa, ending my senior year a month early. I remember driving, seeing the storm coming and I was able to get about half-mile south of the storm as it tore through the heart of Catoosa. Minutes later, I drove up 193rd East Ave to Pine Street, and the destruction along the way was shocking. I jumped out of my car and ran across a cemetery to my sister’s home to check on her and her family. Thankfully, they saw on TV that the storm was headed their direction and made it to a friend’s house and got into their storm shelter. I learned that day an even greater respect for the weather.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
When I’m not spending time with my wife, Jeni, and our three girls (triplets), I enjoy working out, cooking, fishing, storm chasing and playing cards, and enjoy sports, especially watching Arkansas Razorbacks, OU and the San Francisco 49er's. I hope to one day learn to play the drums.
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