Royal Norman and his wife, Nancy, moved to Arizona in the summer of 1981.
As they drove into town that hot August afternoon, they were met by a huge dust storm. "It's going to rain," they said to each other as the sky darkened. It did not. Thus, they were introduced to Arizona weather.
Norman graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a degree in meteorology-climatology. That summer, he started at 3TV as the weekend meteorologist, earning his American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for both television and radio broadcasting.
During his first 12 years at 3TV, Norman covered a tornado live from the station helicopter, was on the air as the under-construction Mill Avenue Bridge collapsed into the roaring flood waters of the Salt River, covered the eruption of Mount Kilauea in Hawaii, attended 50th anniversary services at the USS Arizona Memorial in 1991 and was on the original crew of Good Morning Arizona.
In 1996, Norman and his family moved to Atlanta, where he was the Chief Meteorologist at WXIA-TV. His favorite part of living near the east coast was chasing hurricanes - something that never happened in Arizona.
Returning to 3TV in 2001, Norman is now Arizona Family's Chief Meteorologist. He works weekday nights, appearing on Good Evening Arizona, 3TV News at 8, 3TV News at 9 and 3TV News at 10.
He was inducted into the Southwest Rocky Mountain NATAS Silver Circle in 2010 and in 2017 was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Arizona State University College of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Royal has received 7 Emmys for weather reporting.