Brandon graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences. He began his career working as a forecaster in the private sector from 2000 to 2002, then joined the National Weather Service at the Elko, Nevada Forecast Office. After forecasting a year and a half in the Great Basin, Brandon returned east and spent 11 years forecasting at the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service Forecast Office located in Sterling, Virginia. While there, he experienced a wide array of severe weather events, including a tornado outbreak from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivan in September 2004, significant flash flooding in June 2006 and the derecho of June 2012. He also worked numerous winter storms, particularly during the record-breaking winter season of 2009-2010.
Brandon returned to Ohio in February 2015 as Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the Wilmington, Ohio National Weather Service Forecast Office. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that customers and citizens are prepared for hazardous weather. The Wilmington Office is one of the most active offices in the country in terms of severe weather and flooding, and provides warnings and forecasts for 52 counties in central and southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky.
His presentation is entitled “A Probabilistic Approach to Forecasting Snow”