WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman dies - KCTV5

WDAF Meteorologist Don Harman dies

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Don Harman, WDAF's morning meteorologist, died Tuesday evening.

Harman, 41, has been meteorologist for Fox4 News since April 1999.

WDAF announced Harman's death during their noon broadcast. In a statement, the station said this is a tragedy and great shock.

"We are saddened by this tragic loss," WDAF president and general manager Cheryl McDonald said. "Don wasn't just our meteorologist, he was a part of our family and we loved him. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed."

Fox 4 asked viewers to respect the privacy of Harman's grieving family during their time of sorrow.

KCTV5 is keeping Harman's family and our colleagues at WDAF in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

He committed suicide at his home after suffering from depression for some time, Fox 4 anchors said Thursday morning. The emotional anchors asked people to get help and support those battling depression.

Harman became interested in weather and how it impacts people's daily lives, according to WDAF's website. He grew up in Ohio where he witnessed extreme weather events. Blizzards particularly interested him.

He graduated from the Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics and a minor in geography. He began working as a meteorologist for WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, WV. In 1994, Harman moved to Mason City, IA where he served as morning and noon meteorologist at KIMT-TV.

KCTV5 anchor Karen Fuller and Harman began a new morning program at KIMT in 1993. He eventually became KIMT's chief meteorologist. He then became the morning and noon meteorologist at WOWK-TV in Huntington, WV before joining Fox 4.

"What fun to plan, write and anchor a show with Don's quick wit and creativity," Fuller said. "Such a sad ending and far too soon."

Don was a member of the American Meteorologist Society (AMS) and was awarded the AMS and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Seals of Approval. The award is given to broadcast meteorologists who display an excellence in presenting their weather programs to viewers in a manner that enhances the science of meteorology.

Harman has played an active role in communities including educating children about science and showing them how science can be fun.

In 2001, he was nominated for an Emmy and was a Missouri Broadcast Award winner for his educational children's reports as Doppler Don. 

He is survived by his wife and their daughter.

A memorial fund has been established in Harman's name that would benefit Kansas City charities. The fund was established in a way that captures Harman's sense of humor.

Donations may be made care of Tightwad Bank, 1160 SE Highway 7, Tightwad, MO 64735

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