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Dick Faurot

Dick Faurot's Oklahoma roots run deep, as he was raised on the same farm that his great-grandfather homesteaded near Waynoka during the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run. It was watching a simple farm pond, dug around the turn of the century by his great-grandfather, that influenced his love of weather. As he watched the pond dry up some years, and then dangerously flood the next, he wondered how rainfall could be so different from year to year and how the weatherman could predict if and when it would rain next.

Faurot received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Northwestern State University in Alva, and a master's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. He focused his master's degree thesis around the April 3, 1974 severe weather outbreak, the most extensive tornado outbreak on record.

Faurot is an Air Force veteran having served as an ICBM launch officer at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota during the four-year interval between his days at Northwestern and OU.

Before joining News On 6 in July 1993, Faurot served as Chief Meteorologist in Lafayette, Louisiana for 18 years.   He has more than 35 years of experience in forecasting and covering the weather ranging from hurricanes to blizzards and tornadoes to ice storms.  His forecasts can currently be seen on the new, expanded 9-10PM newscasts on KQCW Mon-Fri.

A member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, Faurot received the AMS Seal of Approval for Television Broadcasting in 1978. He is also the recipient of a 1993 special service award from the National Weather Service as well as a Governor's Award from the governor of Louisiana. Faurot has authored several weather-related articles and has served as a consulting meteorologist for industry, attorneys, and the media. He also makes numerous weather presentations to schools, civic groups and companies throughout the year.

Faurot is currently an officer of the Tulakogee Baptist Conference Center Board located on Fort Gibson Lake. For years he has remained actively involved in the community and serves a number of other local charities. He and his wife, Connie, are active members of their local church where he is a teacher and his wife is Minister of Families with Children. The Faurots have two grown children and two grandchildren. Other than the weather, Faurot's interests include hunting and fishing. Proven very popular were his fishing and hunting segments which aired on News On 6, and currently, Faurot enjoys sharing viewer's fishing photos during weekend broadcasts.

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