We hear that Alan Crone, the weather anchor at KXII-TV in Sherman, Texas, joins the staff at Tulsa’s KOTV in September.
“I’ll mainly be working the morning newscast with Lee Ann and Casey,” Crone said, referring to Six in the Morning hosts Lee Ann Taylor and Casey Norton.
Crone realizes the personal impact storms have on peoples’ lives.
Crone describes one tornado event in May 2003. Conditions were favorable for tornadoes during the early morning hours of May 8.
“Tornadoes are bad enough during the day, but nighttime tornadoes are especially dangerous and this was the case during that night,” he said. “Most folks were asleep when the first tornado warning came out for our western areas around 1:30 a.m.”
By 6 a.m. the super cell storm had moved across a large portion of Crone’s coverage area producing sporadic damage.
“Thankfully, most of the damage occurred in sparsely populated areas,” he said.
The five hours from 1:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. was the longest Crone ever went “wall to wall” with weather coverage.
“And, probably the most stressful,” he said. “I realized regardless of what I said or did, someone missed the information simply because they slept right through the storm.”
Crone began his broadcasting career in May 1982 at KNED, McAlester and has been at KXII since 1994.
Crone has won honors for the “Best Weathercast in a Small Market” in 1996, 1998 and 2000 from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, according to the KXII Web site.
A self-described “weather nut,” Crone graduated from McAlester High School in 1984 and received a B.A. in Communications, with minors in Music and Journalism from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in May 1988.
Alan is married to Tracy Crone and they have two children: Callie and Cade.