Fermilab Severe Weather Seminar Review

Oh to be at Fermilab on Saturday, April 6 for the 33rd annual Tornado and Severe  Weather Seminar, hosted by WGN-TV chief meteorologist Tom Skilling.

This event was free and open to the public. There were two sessions, starting at noon, repeating at 6 P.M.  For those who could not make it out to Batavia (like me), thanks to the magic of the internet and WGN, there was a livestream on wgntv.com ---How cool is that? It was the next best thing to being there!

In case you missed it, there are some video clips of the speakers online. I urge you to check them out; these presentations are so well done and interesting.

Guest speakers and topics included ---

Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)---Superstorm Sandy

Dr. Russell Schneider, Director, The Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma---NOAA and the Storm Prediction Center, monitoring severe weather across the U.S.

Dr. Donald J. Wuebbles, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences,University of Illinois---Severe Weather in the U.S. under a Changing Climate

Tom Skilling---computer models  and weather forecasting, the first  computer at Princeton University in the 1930s and 1940s and its first tasks: developing the atomic bomb and forecasting the weather

Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge-National Weather Service Forecast Office-Chicago/Romeoville---getting severe weather warnings out to the public

Jim Allsopp, Warning Coordination Meteorologist--National Weather Service Forecast Office-Chicago/Romeoville---the 50th Anniversary of the Kankakee-Medaryville Tornado of April 17, 1963

Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS-Omaha---the history of Skywarn and Storm Spotting in the U.S.

These guys were sharing some serious weather knowledge.  There is so much information to take  in, I think I'm going to do a separate post for each speaker.

For those who could be there, it looked like they were having a great time. Thank you, Tom Skilling , WGN  and Fermilab for  making this event possible. Maybe next year, I will be there, and get some pictures!



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  • Sounds great! I'll look forward to your reviews... so much more important than movies!

  • In reply to MargaretSerious:

    Thank you! Thank you for reading, and your encouragement.

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