March 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Meteorology Symposium Features Speakers from Weather Channel, National Weather Service and More, March 24

weather lab equipment on top Clippinger, with words: Ohio University's 9th annual meteorological symposium

Meteorologists, including alumni, from The Weather Channel, the U.S. National Weather Service and Wright Patterson Air Force Base are among the speaker lineup for the 9th Annual Meteorological Symposium on Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Walter 235.

The symposium is hosted by the Ohio University American Meteorological Society Student Chapter, also known as the Ohio University Meteorology Club.

This event is open to all, including the general public and the Ohio University community.

Speakers & Topics

  • 11 a.m. Opening remarks by College of Arts & Sciences Dean Bob Frank and Meteorology Club President Kevin Thiel.
  • 11:10 a.m. Simone Lewis ’03, U.S. National Weather Service – Charleston, WV, “Decision Support Services within the National Weather Service” (Read more at Simone Lewis Provides Decision Support from National Weather Service.)
  • 11:40 a.m. David Lewellen, West Virginia University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “Near-Surface Tornado Intensification”
  • 12:10 p.m. Scott Lutz ’95, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, “Air Force and Air National Guard Weather and Career Opportunities” (Read more at Scott Lutz Oversees Meteorological Services for Wright Patterson Air Force Base.)
  • 12:40 p.m. Sarah Perfater, NOAA Weather Prediction Center – Hydrometeorological Testbed, “Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Mixed-Discipline Meteorologist”
  • 1:10 p.m. Intermission, with beverages and light snacks provide by the Meteorology Club
  • 2 p.m. Hank Schyma, Independent Storm Chaser and Documentarian, “Applying the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Weather Model to Storm Chasing”
  • 2:30 p.m. Mark Elliot, The Weather Channel
  • 3 p.m. Joseph Calderone ’98M, senior forecaster with the U.S. National Weather Service in Minneapolis-St. Paul. (Read more at Joseph Calderone Is Senior Forecaster with National Weather Service.)
  • 3:30 p.m. Christopher Hennon, University of North Carolina at Asheville Department of Atmospheric Sciences, “Guide to Advancing Hurricane Science by Laying on Your Couch”
  • 4 p.m. Closing remarks by Michael Garberoglio, vice president of the Meteorology Club
  • 4:30 p.m. Tour of Clippinger and Scalia Labs (optional)

This year’s lineup features professionals from all facets of meteorology, including Climate and Severe Weather Research, Military Operations, Broadcast Meteorology, and Operational Forecasting.

Three speakers, Calderone, Lewis and Lutz, are graduates of the meteorology program and making their return to Athens as Bobcat alumni.

The symposium is also looking to be certified as a ZeroWaste event for a second straight year and to set an attendance record for the fourth year in a row.

For more information, contact Kevin Thiel at

This event would not be possible without support from the Ohio University Geography Department, the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, and the Ohio University Senate Appropriations Commission.

Group ohoto of Student organizers and speakers from the 2017 symposium.

Student organizers and speakers from the 2017 symposium.

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