Meteorologist Derek Bowen joined the WDVM weather team in November 2016.
Raised in Northeastern Arkansas, he got to observe many different kinds of weather. From extreme severe weather events to the first modern documented blizzard in the state of Arkansas, he got to see a little taste of each.
His love of weather began with watching local news with his parents. He won the fridge art contest at his local station, KAIT – Jonesboro, AR twice. The fridge art contest is very similar to kidscast at WDVM. Derek would then later intern at KAIT prior to entering college at Mississippi State.
At Mississippi State, Derek earned a bachelors of science degree in Geosciences with concentrations in professional and broadcast meteorology. There at Mississippi State, he studied the winter storm of January of 2016. Derek was able to accurately predict the snow fall amounts in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. After graduation, he moved up to Maryland and landed a job at WDVM.
When not forecasting weather, Derek loves to attend St. John’s Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, where he is involved in Education for Ministry which is a four year certificate program from the University of the South in Swanee, Tennessee. There he engages in theological discussion in a small group setting. Understanding the mysteries of weather as well as the mysteries of faith and spirituality.