National Weather Association 36th Annual Meeting
Have you ever wondered how meteorologists from universities and research facilities share information to those who work as operational weather forecasters? How do researchers, forecasters (including those at the National Weather Service), and broadcast meteorologists collaborate and grow to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of weather? It is by meetings such as one held by the National Weather Association (NWA) and other professional meteorological organizations around the country. This year’s NWA Annual Meeting was a huge success for your local meteorologists. Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC) John Gordon, meteorologist Linda Gilbert, and Dr. Michael Paddock from the NWS Louisville attended the meeting in Birmingham along with local TV meteorologists such as WBKO’s Chris Allen from Bowling Green, KY, students and professors from the University of Louisville as well as Western Kentucky University, and over 600 other professionals and students in the field. Other well-known weather professionals were present and represented a wide range of organizations such as The Weather Channel (broadcasters Nick Walker, Jim Cantore, Dr. Greg Forbes, and others), the National Hurricane Center’s Director Bill Read, staff from the Storm Prediction Center, and the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service Laura Furgione.
On a much more local level, MIC John Gordon was presented with the Public Education Award for his work developing the ‘Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat’ campaign alongside Jan Null of San Francisco State University/Golden Gate Weather. This campaign was designed “to raise awareness of the dangers of hyperthermia to children left in the back of vehicles.” At a special session, Gordon spoke to students on their future in meteorology. Additionally, he presented work pioneered by meteorologist Brian Schoettmer (NWS Louisville) on collaboration efforts between NWS Louisville and volunteer pilots who fly over storm paths for survey purposes. Linda Gilbert and Dr. Michael Paddock presented posters on ‘The 19-20 April 2011 Historic Tornado Outbreak across Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky’ and ‘Customer Impacts: How Local School Districts Utilize National Weather Service Products,’ respectively. A sampling of more of the local work presented from the University of Louisville (UofL) and Western Kentucky University (WKU) included the ‘Historic August 4, 2009 Flash Flood in Louisville, Kentucky' by NWS volunteer students Jenna Mackin and Geoffrey Sego alongside Timothy Dowling (UofL), 'A Precipitation Climatology of the Green River Watershed in Kentucky During 1979-2010' by undergraduate student Lindsay Rice (WKU), and the 'Historic May 2010 Mid-South Flood' presented by undergraduate student Kyle Berry (WKU).
Additional information on the aforementioned bolded items of interest can be found below:
* Beat the Heat, Check the Backseat
* The 19-20 April 2011 Historic Tornado Outbreak across Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky
* Customer Impacts: How Local School Districts Utilize National Weather Service Products
*Historic August 4, 2009 Flash Flood in Louisville, Kentucky
*A Precipitation Climatology of the Green River Watershed in Kentucky During 1979-2010 & Historic May 2010 Mid-South Flood