Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar--Saturday, April 5

What are you doing on Saturday, April 5?  It's almost time again for the Severe Weather Seminar at Fermilab in Batavia, hosted by WGN and Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

This is the 34th year of the Fermilab/WGN Tornado and Severe Storms Seminar. This event is free and open to the public. The program starts at noon and will be repeated at 6 p.m.  There are question and answer sessions after each speaker, as well as  photo opportunities. Seating is limited, so do plan to get there early. Did I mention that it's FREE?

Last year's Fermilab/WGN Seminar had some really interesting speakers and topics. You can read my post about it here. This year's program is sure to be even more exciting! Guest speakers and topics this year include--

Dr. Louis Uccellini,  National Weather Service Directo--Building a Weather Ready Nation

Dr. Russ Schneider, Storm Prediction Center Director -- Severe Weather 24/7

Ed Fenelon, National Weather Service-Chicago Meteorologist in Charge--The 2013 severe weather season, and the Washington, IL tornado

Matthew T. Friedlein, Lead Forecaster, NOAA/NWS Chicago, IL-- The November 17th, 2013 Tornado Outbreak: Science into Service--saving lives

Brian E. Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Omaha/Valley, NE--The Tornado- A Complex Weather Phenomenon

Dr. Don Wuebbles, Nobel-prize winning climate scientist -- Climate Change is Happening and It’s Affecting Severe Weather-- how severe weather outbreaks fit into the Earth's changing climate and what this may mean for the future.

Tom Skilling--the winter weather here and world-wide and what it may say about the spring and summer ahead

Dr. Donna Cox, National Center for Supercomputer Applications-University of Illinois, Champaign, IL--Visualizing extreme storms on one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, Blue Waters--some of these amazing models include Hurricane Katrina and tornado-bearing thunderstorms, as well as climate changes.

Want more details?  Here is the announcement from the Chicago Tribune Weather Center.

I hope to write more about last year's program, and the upcoming Fermilab Seminar in the days ahead. Are you going out to Batavia on April 5?  Can I  get a ride with you?



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  • Sounds like a fun day!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    It should be a good time---I really want to go!

  • Well, I'll have to miss it... but I think I know where I can find out more about it!

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