Erik Dean joined the NewsCenter1 Weather Team in August 2020
Dreams do come true, Erik Dean would know this because he is living his childhood dream.
Erik got bit by the “Weather Bug” Early and became fascinated with it at the age of 4. He remembers being very curious about storms, but being scared at the same time and running into his room to hide in the closet, but at the same time, he would still peak out and watch them, only to run away again. (Kind of like how you take a bite of something, and it tastes extremely horrible, and then you do it again anyway to remind yourself how horrible it tasted? Kind of like that.) That fear turned into a passion and he would be glued to the TV and looked forward to listening to the forecast.
Erik became a Weather Watcher at WLKY-TV, The CBS affiliate in Louisville, KY at the age of 12, giving weather reports on the weekend, and eventually picked up wanting to storm chase, and did so as he got older. Let’s just say his 1998 Buick Skylark saw its fair share of Hail Damage.
Originally from Seymour, Indiana (Home of the largest High School Gymnasium in the U.S.), Erik graduated in 2012 with his Bachelor’s of Atmospheric Sciences, but while finishing up his college studies, he got his first on air gig doing radio at WXKU/WZZB. There, he covered everything from pool parties to the county fairs, did news, and of course, did weather on the weekends.
He did radio until April 2014 when Casper, Wyoming called him, and he took the job at KTWO as their Chief Meteorologist, a position he held until June 2020. During his tenure at KTWO, they became the 1st TV station in the state to be designated StormReady by the National Weather Service. He says his proudest professional moment was on the 4th of July in 2019, where the tornado outbreak in Southeast, and Central Wyoming took place.
Fast Forward to August 2020, and Erik is excited to be a member of the NewsCenter1 Weather Staff working along side Chief Meteorologist Bob Riggio in forecasting and analyzing data to make sure you, the viewer, get the most accurate forecast as possible. When Erik isn’t on air, don’t worry, he’s still just as busy as he is also working and forecast for the Digital Platforms of NewsCenter1.
In his spare time, you can find him somewhere outdoors enjoying the Black Hills Region and seeing what it has to offer. During the summer, you can probably find him on a lake or hiking, or even roadtripping. In the winter season, you can find him on the ski slopes (or sledding somewhere). If he’s not doing one of those, you will find him spending some quality time with my son Mason (Which he will refer to him as his Hammy, or the Ham Sandwich on air. You’ll have to ask him about that sometime.)
If you see him out and about please do not hesitate to say hi! He would love to chat with you!