The 29th annual Fermilab Severe Storm and Tornado Seminar, hosted by WGN TV Chief Meteorologist, Tom Skilling, will be held Saturday April 25 at noon and repeated at 600 PM. Each session lasts about four and a half hours. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. This is not a severe storm spotter training class. It is a seminar about severe storms and tornadoes. If you can't make it out, this year's program will be streaming live on wgntv.com! In addition, WGN and Midland Radio will be giving away 10 NOAA Weather Radios at each program.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is located in west suburban Batavia. To get to the seminar, proceed to the west entrance into Fermilab off Kirk Road. It is about 3 miles north of the Farnsworth/Kirk Road exit off I-88.
This year's speakers and topics include:
Tom Skilling, WGN TV/Chicago Tribune - "We Came Close to a Disaster in September, 2006: The Loyola University Tornado on Chicago's North Side"
Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction - "Advancing the Prediction of Extreme Weather Events"
Dr. Joe Schaefer, Director of the NWS's Storm Prediction Center - "What's New at the Storm Prediction Center"
Dr. Walker Ashley, Professor of Meteorology, Northern Illinois University - "Tornadoes: Fatalities Associated with Nature's Most Intense Windstorms"
Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois-Chicago - "Lightning Strikes Can Kill, but Also Forever Change the Lives of the Surviving Victims"
Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Omaha - "Any Wind Can Kill"
Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Chicago - "The NWS's StormReady Supporter Program: How Can Your Business, School, Hospital, Place of Worship, or Sports Venue, be Prepared for a Severe Storm?"
Tim Halbach, Forecaster, National Weather Service, Chicago - "The Devastating, and Lightning Intensive August 4, 2008 Derecho over Northern Illinois and Indiana"
Jim Allsopp, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Chicago - "Getting the Warning Out: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Tornado Warning Process in the June 7, 2008 Tornado Outbreak"