Hey there, Friend. Thanks for visiting me here online. Let’s start at the beginning.

I’m from Northwest Oklahoma, grew up in a farm town of 1,200 people and graduated high school with 23 students in my class. Talk about a culture shock when I walked onto the campus of the University of Oklahoma and saw more people headed to class at 8 in the morning than were in my entire town!

At OU, I studied meteorology, journalism and international studies. While in college, I started working on-air as a meteorologist at stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. From tornadoes and hail, snow and ice, even hurricanes, I’ve seen and forecasted it all! I’m now excited to have roots planted firmly here in Pennsylvania.

People always ask me how I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist. Well, I’ve known since I was 3 years-old, when I would watch the Sunday morning weathercast and then do my own version of it on a chalkboard in Sunday School.

I love food too much, work out too little, have a love for everything James Bond, Star Wars, Harry Potter, football, baseball and golf. I’m a St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers fan, though, so I know there will be trash-talking to be had around town. I love to take road trips and travel whenever I can. I’ll throw a curveball at you and tell you I also have a completely irrational love of everything Reba McEntire and Meryl Streep. It’s just a thing I can’t explain in so few words.

I’m a pretty random guy who loves what he does and can’t get enough of it. If you have a story idea or ever want to send anything my way, message me on Facebook at Bradon Long FOX43, Twitter @bradonlongwx or email me at blong@fox43.com

Recent Articles
  • Dry, warmer Wednesday before more rain chances move in to finish the week

    THE RETURN OF SUNSHINE: A chilly morning start in the 40s gives way to beautiful afternoon temperatures. Highs top out near the 70-degree mark with dry conditions. Increasing clouds take over late with a late evening shower into the overnight time frame. A few showers will last into Thursday morning with lows in the 50s. Afternoon highs reach the low-70s once again under partly to mostly cloudy skies. MORE RAIN CHANCES: Shower and thunderstorm chances return on Friday. The morning […]

  • Spotty Tuesday showers, warmer temperatures and rain chances later in the week

    A QUIETER, COOL TUESDAY: Cool conditions persist once more for Tuesday. Spotty showers in the afternoon will persist. Not everyone will see rain today, but we all have the same low chance. Otherwise, mostly cloudy skies continue with highs only reaching the mid-50s. Occasionally breezy conditions with gusts up to 15MPH will be the norm. Morning lows dip into the upper-30s and low-40s overnight tonight. WARMING UP, A BIT OF DRY TIME: Skies clear a bit heading into Wednesday. A […]

  • Showers continue through the evening, barely any dry days in the forecast

    FINISHING MONDAY WET: Off-and-on showers persist all afternoon long before finally decreasing in number by the evening. A chilly afternoon in the low-50s yields to even cooler overnight temperatures in the low-40s. Overall rainfall totals will be in the 1-2″ range for most areas, adding further insult to injury on an already well-above average rainfall year to this point. SLOW TO WARM: Cloudy skies persist Tuesday with highs only reaching the low-to-mid 50s once again. Spotty showers will be the […]

  • Another stormy Friday, rain likely for Mother’s Day

    ISOLATED SHOWERS TODAY: A warm front struggles to pass over the ridge to our west and to advance over the Mason-Dixon. Isolated showers will be possible in our area with cool, overcast skies. After highs in the low-to-mid 60s area-wide, any shower chance begins to dissipate in the overnight time frame. The northwestern spots will have the highest chance of seeing any measurable precipitation heading into Friday. Winds pick up overnight, out of the south, with gusts up to 25MPH […]

  • A Lancaster county man and the girl who inspired him to run 1,000 miles for pediatric cancer

    LITITZ, Pa. – Most people have their own routine during the day. JP Welliver’s just happens to be a little more intense. This year, he’s committed to running at least 3 miles a day, every day, until he reaches 1,000 miles. It’s all to raise $10,000 for pediatric cancer research in the name of multiple individuals. One little girl continues to inspire him a decade after their first meeting. Her name is Lexi Barnett, of Reading. Lexi lived a full […]

  • Thunderstorms likely this evening, keeping rain chances for the weekend

    FINISHING UP FRIDAY: Isolated thunderstorms will be possible in our area throughout the rest of the afternoon. Morning cloud cover will limit development and severe capability, but a very low risk of severe weather still exists. Afterwards, later in the evening, a more widespread shower and thunderstorm chance persists into the overnight time frame. Lightning, gusty winds and flash flooding are the  main concern. There is a very low tornado risk as well. Storms first develop, isolated in nature, beginning […]

  • CENTER STAGE: A jazz tribute to a legend in the dance sensation “Sophisticated Ladies” at the Fulton Theatre

    LANCASTER, Pa. – In an evening of song, dance and fun, imagine taking a step back in time. Either go back to the Roaring ’20s, with jazz blaring and dancers abound. Or, take a trip back into the dawn of television, where song and dance extravaganzas graced the silver screen – families gathered all evening long to hear their favorite tunes. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely have endearing memories of the songs of the legendary Duke Ellington. With “Ain’t Got […]

  • Isolated thunderstorms this afternoon, higher chance finishing the work week

    ISOLATED STORMS: A stray thunderstorm or two will be possible across the area as a line of thunderstorms struggles to form in the far eastern sections of the Commonwealth. There is a very low severe weather threat for far southern Lancaster and York counties as storms attempt to develop in the late afternoon. The overall chance is very low, with any concern being gusty winds and small hail. The thunderstorm threat subsides heading into the late evening ahead of more […]

  • Cooler today, much warmer tomorrow as thunderstorm chances continue

    THE REST OF TODAY: High pressure off of the New England coast continues to shove easterly winds into our direction. That will stall a warm front into Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh gets 80s today, we get low-to-mid 60s by the afternoon under overcast skies. Morning lows stay mild, because of the cloud cover. We could see a stray shower or storm, especially south of the Turnpike. However, a good majority of us stay dry before a higher thunderstorm chance tomorrow. WARMER, […]

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