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9th Annual Ohio Severe Weather Symposium April 15, 2005:  9th Annual Ohio Severe Weather Symposium April 15, 2005 Morning Introductions:  Morning Introductions 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. check-in/coffee Morning Facilitator: Jeremy Bower 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Introductions OSU Meteorology Club President - Jeremy Bower Director of Atmospheric Science Department - Dr. Jay Hobgood Department of Geography Chair - Dr. Morton O’Kelly Dr. Morton O’Kelly:  Dr. Morton O’Kelly Chair of Department of Geography at Ohio State Dr. Jay Hobgood:  Dr. Jay Hobgood Director of Ohio State Atmospheric Science Department Slide5:  Jeremy Bower President of Ohio State Meteorology Club Co-Coordinator of this year’s Ohio Severe Weather Symposium Photo taken on June 24, 2003 near Centerville, South Dakota Morning Schedule:  Morning Schedule 8:15 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Robin Belton-Gerhardt (Wilmington, OH NWSFO) “An Examination of the January 2005 Flooding Across the NWS Wilmington, Ohio Hydrological Service Area" 8:50 a.m. - 9:25 a.m. Tom Adams (Development and Operations Hydrologist, Ohio River Forecast Center) "Operational Quantitative Precipitation Estimation Bias in the OHRFC Region" 9:25 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. break 9:35 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Rick McCoy (Director of Emergency Management, Van Wert County, OH) "A Community Prepared, the Van Wert, Ohio Tornado" 10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Harold Brooks (National Severe Storms Laboratory) “Climatological Aspects Of Convective Parameters From The NCAR/NCEP Reanalysis” 10:50 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Discussion of afternoon events Lunch and Forecast School:  Lunch and Forecast School 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. lunch/Department Tours 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Tim Vasquez (Weather Graphics) FORECAST SCHOOL Afternoon Introductions:  Afternoon Introductions Afternoon Facilitator: Sara Young 1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. afternoon introductions Wilmington NWS meteorologist/Co-Coordinator - Mike Ryan OSU Meteorology Club Vice President - Sara Young 1:10 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Ken Haydu (Meteorologist in Charge, Wilmington, OH NWSFO) - introduction of Dr. Uccellini Afternoon Schedule:  Afternoon Schedule 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Louis Uccellini (Director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction) “NCEP Update” 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Dan McCarthy (Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center) “40th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak and How It Changed Tornado Preparedness” 2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. break 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Dr. Josh Wurman (Center for Severe Weather Research) “DOW observations of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Fires" 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. closing Q&A Robin Belton-Gerhardt:  Robin Belton-Gerhardt Obtained a B.S. in Geography with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science from the Ohio State University in 2000. In 2002, she completed her M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was president of the Meteorology Club and a student coordinator for the Ohio Severe Weather Symposium. She remains active in the event as it continues to grow. She became involved with the National Weather Service in the summer of 1999 as a student volunteer. She was promoted to a student trainee meteorologist in 2001 and became a full time meteorologist in 2002. Slide11:  “An Examination of the January 2005 Flooding Across the NWS Wilmington, Ohio Hydrological Service Area” Robin Belton-Gerhardt Meteorologist Wilmington, Ohio National Weather Service Forecast Office Photo reference: http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=2016.0 Tom Adams:  Tom Adams Office of Hydrology, Hydrologic Research Lab. Development & Operations Hydrologist (DOH), OHRFC 1994-present. Previously, Environmental Engineer, North Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources, Groundwater Section, Hydraulic Engineer, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and Project Engineer, with an engineering consulting firm. Undergraduate degree in Philosophy, with Geology minor; Master's degree in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) - from Virginia Tech. Additionally, working on research to complete PhD requirements at Virginia Tech. Also attended the Univ. of Virginia Department of Environmental Sciences (Hydrology). Slide13:  “Operational Quantitative Precipitation Estimation Bias in the OHRFC Region” Image taken from Wilmington OH radar on April 7, 2005 at 3:37 p.m. EDT Tom Adams Development and Operations Hydrologist Ohio River Forecast Center Morning break – 10 minutes:  Morning break – 10 minutes Rick McCoy:  Rick McCoy Director of the Van Wert County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for the past 14 1/2 years. He was a Deputy Sheriff in the County from 1980 thru 1990. Developed the Storm Ready Program in Van Wert County and received Storm Ready Certification in January, 2002. On November 10, 2002 a devastating F-4 Tornado ravaged the county and he was credited for saving hundreds of lives through his program. Because of his actions, he was the first person in the US to receive the National Storm Ready Hero's Award from NOAA. He was also awarded the NOAA Weather & All Hazards Radio Mark Trail Award in Washington D.C. Rick has a meteorological background with Mississippi State University and also worked part-time for the CBS affiliate in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a weekend weather personality from 1995 thru 2000. He created and chaired a task force in the early 1990's which was successful in acquiring an additional Weather Service Office and NEXRAD Doppler placed in North Webster, Indiana. He also created and chaired a National Emergency Management Council for the 50 States in 1997 which lobbied in Washington DC and was successful in getting a hiring freeze lifted, kept the Sourthern Region Weather Service Office open, plus they got the Modernization of the National Weather Service back on schedule. Slide16:  “A Community Prepared, the Van Wert, Ohio Tornado” Rick McCoy Director of Emergency Management, Van Wert County, Ohio Image taken from http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/ Dr. Harold Brooks:  Dr. Harold Brooks Research meteorologist and Head of the Mesoscale Applications Group at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from Columbia University. After graduating from Illinois, he was a National Research Council Research Associate at NSSL and joined the permanent staff there in 1992. During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are, and on how to evaluate weather forecasts. He has given numerous public and scientific lectures and been an author on over 120 formal and informal scientific papers. He has been an invited speaker on severe thunderstorms at scientific meetings on five continents. In 2002, he received the United States Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the United States. Currently, he is Co-Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society’s journal, Weather and Forecasting, and is a member of the World Meteorological Organization’s Joint Working Group on Verification. Slide18:  “Climatological Aspects Of Convective Parameters From The NCAR/NCEP Reanalysis” Dr. Harold Brooks Head of the Mesoscale Applications Group National Severe Storms Laboratory Photo courtesy of http://www.ucar.edu/research/storms/lightning.shtml Discussion of Afternoon Events:  Discussion of Afternoon Events 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. lunch/Department Tours 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Tim Vasquez (Weather Graphics) FORECAST SCHOOL *Meteorological Training Course for Effective Weather Forecasting* 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Louis Uccellini (Director, National Centers for Environmental Prediction) “NCEP Update” 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Dan McCarthy (Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Storm Prediction Center) “40th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak and How It Changed Tornado Preparedness” 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Dr. Josh Wurman (Center for Severe Weather Research) “DOW observations of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Fires” Forecast School:  Forecast School The meteorological training course will begin here in the Auditorium at approximately Noon Will last about 45 minutes Make sure to check out Tim’s vendor table outside the Auditorium before and after the program Tim Vasquez:  Tim Vasquez Served as an Air Force meteorologist between 1989 and 1998, forecasting in Nevada, Texas, England, Africa, and Korea. He began storm chasing in 1987, developed the Weathergraphix and Digital Atmosphere software packages several years later, and went on to write several book titles including Storm Chasing Handbook and Weather Forecasting Handbook. From 1999 to 2004 he operated the Chase Hotline, analyzing Great Plains weather on a daily basis and providing target and nowcast services for up to 60 customers per day. Slide22:  Forecast School Tim Vasquez Michael Ryan:  Michael Ryan Co-Chair of the Ohio Severe Weather Symposium Sara Young:  Sara Young Meteorology Club Vice-President Slide25:  Kenneth Haydu Meteorologist - In - Charge Wilmington Ohio National Weather Service Forecast Office Dr. Louis Uccellini:  Dr. Louis Uccellini Director of the National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Responsible for directing and planning the science, technology and operations related to NCEP's Central Operations and Environmental Modeling Center as well as seven national centers that forecast specific weather phenomena. These centers include the National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL), Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK), Space Environment Center (Boulder, CO), Ocean Prediction Center, Hydrometeorological Prediction Centers, Climate Prediction Center and Aviation Weather Center (Kansas City, MO). Director of the NWS Office of Meteorology from 1994 to 1999; Chief of the NWS Meteorological Operations Division from 1989 to 1994; and Section Head for the Mesoscale Analysis and Modeling Section in the Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres from 1978 to 1989. Received his Ph.D. (1977), Masters (1972) and Bachelor of Science (1971), degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Slide27:  “NCEP Update” Dr. Louis Uccellini Director, National Centers of Environmental Prediction Image courtesy: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/ Dan McCarthy:  Dan McCarthy Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NOAA Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been with the National Weather Service for 18 years, all with the National Severe Storms Forecast Center/Storm Prediction Center. He earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree from St. Louis University in 1978 then worked for the Ohio Industrial Commission and Ohio Administrative Services before returning to St. Louis University to obtain a Master's Degree in Meteorology. He obtained his degree in 1984 studying, "Dynamic Trajectories using Dual-Doppler Radar Data.“ Dan then worked as a Broadcast Meteorologist in Wausau, Wisconsin and Wichita, Kansas before joining the National Weather Service. Dan has conducted research on bow echoes across Kansas and New York State. He has also done extensive research on Ohio tornadoes including the Super Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974. He has served as a member of the Fujita Scale Symposium. Slide29:  “40th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak and How It Changed Tornado Preparedness” Dan McCarthy Warning Coordination Meteorologist Storm Prediction Center Image courtesy of http://homepages.wmich.edu/~b1naftel/outbreak65.html Afternoon break – 15 minutes:  Afternoon break – 15 minutes Dr. Josh Wurman:  Dr. Josh Wurman President Center for Severe Weather Research 1998-2005 Adjunct Associate Professor PSU 2004-2005 Affiliate Scientist NCAR 2001-2004 Associate Professor with Tenure University of Oklahoma 2000-2003 Visiting Associate Professor Hokkaido University 1998-1999 Visiting Scientist NCAR 1998-1998 President BINET, Inc. 1995-2005 Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma 1994-2000 Visiting Scientist NCAR 1991-1994 Visiting Instructor University of Pennsylvania 1985-1996 Invented and led the development of the Doppler On Wheels (DOW) mobile radars which are permitting the study of small scale and near ground features in tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, microbursts, gust fronts, marine boundary layers and other phenomena. Slide32:  “DOW observations of Tornadoes, Hurricanes and Fires” Dr. Josh Wurman Center for Severe Weather Research Image courtesy of http://www.cswr.org/projects/rotate/2003-05-15.html Closing Question and Answer Session:  Closing Question and Answer Session

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