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Meteorological Symposium

The annual Meteorological Symposium is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio University Chapter of the Meteorology Society.

Meteorological Symposium Speakers


  • Simone Lewis - National Weather Service
  • David Lewellen - West Virginia University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Scott Lutz - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Sarah Perfater - NOAA Weather Prediction Center
  • Hank Schyma - Independent Storm Chaser and Documentarian
  • Mark Elliot - The Weather Channel
  • Joseph Calderone - Senior Forecaster with the U.S. National Weather Service in Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Christopher Hennon - University of North Carolina at Asheville Department of Atmospheric Sciences


  • Matthew Moreland - NWS Key West
  • Jeremy Bower - JRBStorm Photography
  • Capt. Daniel Miller - United States Air Force
  • Christopher Beekman - EPA
  • Lance Bosart - State University of New York at Albany
  • MSgt.WesleyGreen -Air Force Material Command
  • Randi Rico - WLWT-TV
  • Maura Casey - NWS Charleston
  • Jim Marquis - Center for Severe Weather Research


  • Mike Bettes, The Weather Channel: 20 years of Chasing the Wind
  • Nicole Grams, Milwaukee County Land Information Office: Paving Your Own Path in Meteorology
  • Tim Marshall, Haag Engineering: El Reno, OK Tornado
  • Nicole Riemer, University of Illinois: "Gone with the wind:" The role of atmospheric aerosol for regional and global climate
  • Aaron Wilson, The Ohio State University: Extreme Weather and Climate Change in Ohio: Are they Related?
  • Allison Santorelli, Weather Prediction Center: Being a Surface Analysist with the WPC
  • Kevin Bartlett, United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson: 24 years in Air Force Weather, Iraq and Afghanistan are Different
  • Tim Liu, NASA: Ocean Surface Turbulent Fluxes Observed from Space


  • Ari Sarsalari, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, Georgia: April 28, 2014 Tornado Outbreak in the Tennessee Valley: Broadcaster's
  • Phil Klotzbach, Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, Colorado: Atlantic Basin Seasonal
    Hurricane Prediction
  • Mark Paquette, AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania: Long Range Forecasting- What it is and How We Make One
  • Hunter Clifton Outten, AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania: Long Range Forecasting- What it is and How We Make One
  • Meghan Henschen, American Electric Power (AEP), Columbus, Ohio: Building a Successful Path to Operational Meteorology
  • Stacy Stewart, National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida: Predicting Tropical Cyclogenesis at the National Hurricane Center
  • Dan Miller, United States Air Force, Washington, DC: Meteorology Applied to Military Operations
  • Rebecca Jennings, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Atlanta, Georgia: Beyond the Perfect Forecast: Weather & Emergency Management
  • Brian Hoeth, National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters Regional Operations Center, Fort Worth, Texas: The NWS Southern Region Headquarters Regional Operations Center: What Would You Say ... You Do Here?


  • Ariel Cohen, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma: Severe Weather Forecasting and the Moore and El Reno, May 2013 Oklahoma Tornado Disasters
  • Kim Klockow, AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellow, Washington D.C.: Communicating Uncertainty in Severe Weather Warnings
  • Erik Pindrock, AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania: A Synopsis of Super Typhoon Haiyan and Using Social Media as an Effective
    Form of Communication
  • Paul Gehred, National Weather Service, Alaska: Weather on Fire
  • Mike Mogil, How the Weatherworks, Naples, Florida:
  • Bill Kelly, WSYX Channel 6, Columbus, Ohio: 9-HOURS OF LIVE SEVERE WEATHER COVERAGE ? JUNE 12TH, 2013
  • Nick Webb, National Weather Service, Charleston, WV: Development of a Flash Flood Potential Index for NWS Charleston West Virginia County Warning Area
  • Joe Merchant, National Weather Service, Charleston, WV: April 3rd-4th 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak


  • William Lapenta, Acting Director of Environmental Modeling Center at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction/NOAA/NWS: The Transition of Research to Operations: Perspectives from both sides of the ?Valley of Death."
  • Scott A. Lutz, Meteorological Services Government Representative for the 88th Operations Support Squadron, Wright Patterson Air Force
    Base, Ohio. Operational Meteorology within The United States Air Force.
  • Trent Magill, WEWS News Channel 5, Cleveland, Ohio. The Changing role of Broadcast Meteorology.
  • Thomas Schmidlin, Professor at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio: New Challenges in Tornado Fatalities.
  • Ashley V. Novak, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio: A Multi-Perspective Review of the June 29, 2012 Derecho.
  • Charles R. Hoffmant, Air Force Material Command Functional Manager for Weather, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio: Tornado at McConnell AFB, April 2012.
  • Matthew R. Alto, AccuWeather, State College, Pennsylvania: A Look at the Private Weather Enterprise.
  • Kathryn Gilbert, Meteorological Development Laboratory, Silver Spring, Maryland. The Development of Model Output Statistics.