2015 Symposium

19th Annual Severe Weather Symposium

The 19th annual Severe Weather Symposium was held on March 6th, 2015 in the US Bank Conference Theater at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Meteorology Club President: John Banghoff
Symposium Head Coordinator: Alexander McCarthy

Meteorology Club Executive Board Members: Gaje Buchanan, Alec Butner, Trent Davis, Rachel Dougherty, Rebecca Miller

Speakers and Topics

Morning Presentations:

9:00 am: Welcome

9:15 am: Dr. Teresa A. Myers – Post Doctoral Researcher – George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, Fairfax, VA

     “Clearly Communicating with Americans about Climate Change”

9:55 am: Bryan Wood (@bryanwx) – Meteorologist and Operations Analyst, Assurant Special Property, Springfield, Ohio

                    “Hail: Increasing Losses & a Look at the 5/25/11 Dayton Hailstorm”

 10:30am: ***Morning Break***

10:45 am: Andy Hatzos (@thegreatzo) – Journeyman Forecaster, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio

                    “On the Edge: QLCS Tornado Challenges and Characteristics”

11:25 am: Ryan Phillips (@RyanNBC6) – Weekday Morning Meteorologist, NBC 6 Miami, Florida

                   “Hurricane Season 2015: A Decade in Miami Without a Storm”

12:00 pm:***Lunch Break***

Afternoon Presentations:

1:30pm: Dr. Rogers’ Retirement Presentation

1:45 pm: Dan McCarthy (@Torn8oDan) – Meteorologist In Charge, National Weather Service, Indianapolis, Indiana

                    “Palm Sunday Outbreak: 50 Years Later”

2:25 pm: Walter Topp – Administrator, Cuyahoga County EMA, Cleveland, Ohio

                   “Destructive Weather Response in Cuyahoga County, Ohio”

3:00 pm:***Afternoon Break***

3:15 pm: Ariel Cohen – Mesoscale Assistant/Fire Weather Forecaster, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, Oklahoma

                    “A Day in the Life of a Storm Prediction Center Forecaster”

4:00 pm: Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) – On Camera Meteorologist, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, Georgia

                   “Snow Way! Surviving New York’s Record-Setting Lake Effect Snowstorm”


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