Join us at the Kentucky Weather Workshop in Bowling Green November 19-20, 2010!

Mark Twain once said that “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  That may have been true in the 19th Century, but it’s certainly not true today!  In fact, we're offering you a chance to rub elbows with local and nationally known meteorologists to find out what we ARE doing about the weather today!  

You are cordially invited to participate in the Second Annual Kentucky Weather Workshop, to be held November 19-20 at the Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green.  The Workshop, hosted by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, is expanding this year to include four tracks: Spotter, Science, Technology, and Public Safety.

Weather affects EVERYONE in Kentucky so whether you're a farmer, a K-12 educator, a pilot, a fireman, or an amateur meteorologist, we're confident there is something for you at this year's workshop. Registration is limited to 300 so don't delay in signing up online at http://kyem.ky.gov/conferencesandworkshops/weatherworkshop2010.htm.

 

Agenda (subject to change):

November 19
7:30 - 9:00am Registration
9:00 - 10:00am Opening session with Bruce Thomas, Chief Meteorologist at Midland radio Corporation
10:00 - 10:15am Break
10:15 - 11:45am

Spotter Track:  Radar Training -- Mark Jarvis of NWS Louisville

Spotter Safety -- Christine Wielgos of NWS Paducah

  Technology Track:  IFLOWS -- Jerry Davis and Ron Wamsley of KYEM
  Science Track:  Floods and Flash Floods -- Jim Maczko of NWS Jackson
  Public Safety Track:  Weather Situation Awareness/Flood 2010 -- NWS Louisville and NWS Nashville
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch with Guest Speaker John Ogren, Director of the NWS Training Center
1:15 - 1:30pm Break
1:30 - 3:00pm Spotter Track:  Power Line Hazards -- Craig Peay of BGMU
  Technology Track:  ARES -- Ken Garrett, ARRL Emergency Coordinator, and Jim Brooks, ARRL Section Manager
  Science Track:  La Nina, El Nino, and Kentucky -- Dr. Greg Goodrich of Western Kentucky University
  Public Safety Track:  Principles of Traffic Control Safety -- Jerry Shouse, Anderson County Constable
3:00 - 4:00pm Vendor Visitation
4:00 - 5:30pm

Spotter Track:  Kentucky Mesonet -- Dr. Stuart Foster of the Kentucky Climate Center

Weather Computer Modeling -- Dr. Rezaul Mahmood of WKU and the Kentucky Climate Center

  Technology Track:  Vendor Presentations
  Science Track:  Winter Weather Challenges in Kentucky -- Pat Spoden of NWS Padcuah
  Public Safety Track:  Large Animal Rescue (tentative) -- Bart Powell, Anderson County EM Director
5:30 - 7:30pm Dinner and Vendor Visitation

 

November 20
8:00 - 8:30am General Session -- Weather Spotter Guide Overview
8:30 - 8:45am Break
8:45 - 9:45am General Session with Dr. Greg Forbes of the Weather Channel
9:45 - 10:00am Break
10:00 - 11:30am

Spotter Track:  Supercell vs. Squall Line Tornadoes -- Angela Lese of NWS Louisville

  Technology Track:  IFLOWS -- Jerry Davis and Ron Wamsley of KYEM
  Science Track:  Globe and Project Atmosphere -- Mike Lewis of NWS Northern Indiana
  Public Safety Track:  Weather Situation Awareness/Flood 2010 -- NWS Louisville and NWS Nashville
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch with Guest Speaker Chris Novy, Storm Chaser Photographer
1:00 - 1:15pm Break
1:15 - 2:45pm

Spotter Track:  Spotter Reports, Support for Warnings -- Rick Shanklin of NWS Paducah

Dissemination of Warnings Process --  Chris Allen and Jennifer Rukavina

  Technology Track:  SKYWARN Update -- NWS
  Science Track:  Meteorology Degree Programs in Kentucky -- Dr. Greg Goodrich of Western Kentucky University and Dr. Tim Dowling of the University of Louisville
  Public Safety Track:  Principles of Traffic Control Safety -- Jerry Shouse, Anderson County Constable
2:45 - 3:15pm Closing Session

Scenes from the January 2010 workshop: 

Joe Sullivan gives a tour of the LMK website

Shawn Jackson shows how information sometimes is given

All wet!

NWS Louisville Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan takes us through the NWS website. NWS Jackson Meteorologist-in-Charge Shawn Harley demonstrates the flow of "information" with a workshop participant, HAM operator Ricky Singleton. Ricky is all wet!

 


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