Four Rivers Severe Weather Symposium March 21

The Four Rivers National Weather Association, WPSD News Channel 6 and The National Weather Service in Paducah, KY are hosting:

Four Rivers Severe Weather Symposium on Saturday March 21st, 2009

We welcome anyone with an interest in severe weather and tornadoes to attend!

Below is the agenda for the event, which will be held at John A. Logan College in the O'Neil Auditorium in Carterville, Illinois:

830 AM:  Opening Remarks

    Christine Wielgos – President of the Four Rivers National Weather Association & Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Paducah, KY

840 AM:  Surviving Mother Nature's Worst
    Jennifer Rukavina – Vice President of the Four Rivers National Weather Association and Chief Meteorologist at WPSD Local 6 Paducah, KY &

    Beau  Dodson - Meteorological Specialist, McCracken County Emergency Management

915 AM:  Nocturnal and Cool Season Tornado Risks
    Rick Shanklin – Warning Coordination Meteorologist: National Weather Service Paducah, KY

945 AM:  The 1925 Tri-State Tornado - Was it one tornado or a series of tornadoes?
                ....What we have found about the damage path during the last 5 years....    
    Robert H. Johns – Retired from the Storm Prediction Center in 2001

1045 AM: Break – Refreshments provided

1100 AM: Lessons Learned from Storm Chasing
    Paul Sirvatka – Professor of Meteorology: College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL

1200 PM: Tornadoes and Tornado Trends 1950-2007
    Dan McCarthy – Meteorologist in Charge:  National Weather Service Indianapolis, IN

1245 PM: Adjourn

Cost: Free of charge – However, the Four Rivers National Weather Association is collecting donations for CJ’s Bus Organization. The CJ’s bus organization is looking for toy cars, trucks, baby dolls, and board games. For more information, please visit

The 1925 Tri-State Tornado damage path project is about finished.   However, we hope to learn if there are local people who know where the following damage occurred in the rural area between De Soto and Zeigler, IL:   The Stonum farm and Charles Barwich home between De Soto and Hurst, the William Adams, Charles Beaver, and Tom Fagler farms near Bush, and any damage to farms or trees south of Zeigler near current State Hwy 148.

Questions? Contact Christine Wielgos at

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