He’s been referred to as ‘Saint Travis’ and has even had a song written about him. Now, he’s the 2019 Lights on the Lake Christmas Parade Grand Marshal. Who is he? He’s Green Country Meterologist Travis Meyer.
This past week, the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Meyer has accepted the invitation to be this year’s Grand Marshal. Storm Chaser JD McManus will also accompany Meyer. GACC's Special Events Coordinator, Josh Goff, has been pursuing Meyer for Grand Marshal since September.
"With the severe weather and flooding in Northeast Oklahoma earlier this year, Travis Meyer became a household name and the subject of hundreds of social media posts. For many Oklahomans, [Meyer] is a local celebrity, and we're honored that he accepted our invitation to be grand marshal," said Goff.
When asked why Meyer, Goff had a very specific reason.
"[Meyer] is very special to us here on Grand Lake. Even after storms have passed the Tulsa metro, [Meyer] continues keeping us safe and informed as the systems continue tracks East," said Goff.
With the potential for a rough winter ahead, many Delaware Countians will tune in to watch weather forecasts.
"Santa isn’t the only one keeping an eye on the sky this holiday season," said Goff.
This year's parade theme is 'A Grand Ole Country Christmas: Ozarks Charm and Southern Hospitality' and the parade route will begin at the Grove Civic Center, travels down Main Street to the intersection at Third and Main. At the intersection, the route takes a left turn, and travels down Third Street until it reaches Cheapo Depot. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.
The main viewing stand, with the judges and parade announcers, is located on the trailer in front of the Grove Community Center at 104 West Third, Grove.
Parade entries are $10 each. Forms can be obtained at the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, located in the Grand Lake Visitor's Center, or by calling 918-786-9079. The deadline for parade entries is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11.
About Travis Meyer
Travis Meyer joined the News On 6 Warn Team on February 1, 2005, bringing more than 30 years of meteorology experience to the team. He is one of Northeast Oklahoma's most trusted and most respected meteorologists. Meyer understands the consequences that wind, drought, rain, heat and hail bring to rural families. He's lived it.
"Travis! Get down from there," was something he often heard out on the Nebraska plains where he was always trying to get a closer look at the sky. As young as age six, Meyer could be found climbing on the roof of a barn or windmill to get a better look at an incoming storm. Armed with his little Instamatic camera, Meyer captured pictures of what would become his passion.
Meyer graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in meteorology and geography. He has been honored with numerous service awards and earned the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasting award for best weathercast presentation. Meyer is a member of the National Weather Association and holds the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval.
About JD McManus
JD McManus has had a passion for extreme weather his whole life. His love for weather includes all forms, not just severe weather, but JD says after seeing his first tornado he was hooked.
JD has tracked storms of all types, including blizzards, hurricanes, thunder snow and he’s even witnessed twin tornadoes. One of the most enjoyable parts of storm tracking for him is knowing he’s helping others and saving lives.