Ohio University

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.