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
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    HARRISBURG, Pa. – You’ve read the C.S. Lewis classic tale or seen the film, but now you can step through the wardrobe and into Narnia in Gamut Theatre’s production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” A tale of magic, love and family, the show is a tale connecting generations past, current and future. For more information on the show, head to Gamut Theatre’s website.

  • Winds calm today, bitter cold start Wednesday and cooler rest of the week

    WINDS CALM DOWN: Breezes through the afternoon slowly subside, reducing our wind chill from a near-record morning start. Regardless, with the dry air, our feels-like temperatures hover in the upper-20s and right near 30-degrees with an actual high in the mid-30s. We’ll see a bit of sunshine throughout the day as well. Mostly clear skies overnight once again allow temperatures to drop near a record cold morning low heading into Wednesday. STILL COLD: Morning lows once again bottom out in […]

  • HSFF: Getting students ready for life after graduation at Manheim Township High School

    MANHEIM, Pa. – In a parternship with Attollo Prep and Manheim Township High School, for now the second year, students can begin to get ready for life after high school with some extra help during their junior and senior years. FOX43’s Bradon Long spoke with students and administrators at Manheim Township High School about the partnership, and the benefits the school and students see not just now, but for years to come.

  • Chilly and breezy Friday, staying cold into the weekend

    CHILLY AND BREEZY: Winds gust to 15-25MPH for a majority of the day. Afternoon highs already will be well below average, only in the low-40s. Add on the winds with drier air, and wind chills stay in the upper-20s and low-30s all day long regardless of abundant sunshine. Week 2 of the high school football playoffs will be very cold, temperatures in the 30s all game long before dropping into the 20s by the start of the fourth quarter. Bundle […]

  • HSFF: Trout tank teaches science, government and more at Lampeter-Strasburg

    WEST LAMPETER, Pa. – At first glance, you might not think you could apply two trout tanks to areas like government, writing, accounting and more on top of the obvious scientific applications. But in a partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Trout Unlimited, students at Lampeter-Strasburg are given a unique learning opportunity both in elementary and high school to learn from the common fish about their environment and the applications in which learning about the species can […]

  • CENTER STAGE: Celebrating an Oklahoma cowboy icon in “Will Rogers Follies”

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Perhaps his most famous quote, Will Rogers said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” But still, he has plenty of stories to tell in the 1991 Tony Award-winning musical “Will Rogers Follies.” A set of tales about his life, love and family, the musical also touches on one of the founding elements of musical theatre as we know it – Ziegfield’s Follies. A glimpse into the past full of humor, dancing precision and song, you […]

  • Breezy Friday start, calming and cooling into the weekend

    BREEZY FRIDAY: A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Mifflin and Juniata County until 10AM Friday morning. However, winds gust to 40MPH across the area for most of the morning. We calm down quickly in the afternoon with winds gusting only to about 15MPH by mid-afternoon. Regardless, afternoon high temperatures struggle to hit 50-degrees. The first week of high school football playoffs will be a little chilly with temperatures falling into the 40s and eventually upper-30s heading into the overnight […]

  • Severe storms possible this evening, windy and much cooler heading into the weekend

    SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE: Overcast skies and breezy conditions remain the norm throughout Thursday afternoon and evening. For any trick-or-treaters this Halloween evening, it’s not looking good. Winds will gust between 25-35MPH out of the south, bringing in some warm air ahead of thunderstorms late in the afternoon and throughout the evening. There is a risk these storms could be severe. On a scale of 1-to-5, we’re at a 3 for the entire area. Our main concern is gusty winds up […]

  • Strong to severe storms likely on Halloween, gusty winds persist through Friday!

    SHOWERS ARRIVE TONIGHT: An impressive system will bring the first of its wet weather our way tonight. A few showers creep into the area this evening, becoming steadier and maybe even heavier through the overnight period. There may be a brief lull in the precipitation early Thursday morning with some entirely dry time possible. Temperatures will be warming through the overnight period tonight, so our coolest temperatures will likely be right around midnight. Winds will start to pick up as […]

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