Severe Weather Conference

My dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce a Severe Weather Conference for Undergraduates
this coming spring. Please pass this along to anyone and everyone in your
department who may be interested. This is an excellent opportunity for
undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a conference geared
for them. Please consider you and your students invited.

If I may be of service to you, do not hesitate to write me.

Paul Sirvatka
Professor of Meteorology
College of DuPage

The College of DuPage Meteorology Department proudly announces it third
Severe Weather Conference for Undergraduates. It will be held at the
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL from the evening of Thursday, March 14
through early afternoon on Saturday, March 16, 2002.  The conference is
intended for meteorology majors, professional meteorologists, storm
chasers, severe weather spotters and severe weather enthusiasts. We assume
that attendees will have some understanding of severe weather meteorology
in order to receive maximum benefit from the severe weather sessions. The
focus of the conference is primarily on understanding the latest
techniques for severe weather forecasting, physical processes leading to
the development of supercells and tornadoes, and the effective use of
remote sensing in severe thunderstorm evolution and behavior. 

The program will include the following topics and presenters.
Thursday March 14
Session I - Insights to Understanding Supercells with Remote Sensors

6:30 - 7:45 
Les Lemon - Radar, Severe Storms, & Research Meteorologist, Lockheed
Martin, Independence, MO
"Re-examining the Definition of a Supercell Using Doppler Radar

7:45 - 9:00 
John Weaver - Research Meteorologist, Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology
Team, Fort Collins, CO
"Low-level Boundaries - Are they Necessary, Sufficient, or Just Helpful

9:00 - 10:00 Panel Discussion 
"Just What is a Supercell Anyway and Why Does it Matter?"

Friday, March 15

8:30 - 9:00 Current Weather Discussion

Session II - Tornadogenesis
9:00 - 11:30
Paul Markowski - Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Penn State
University, Happy Valley, PA
Erik Rasmussen - Research Meteorologist, Cooperative Institute for
Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, Boulder, CO
"Recent Advances in Understanding Tornadogenesis"

11:30 - 12:30 Panel Discussion - "Spotting, Chasing and Warning - What are
the Implications for Us?"

Session III - Severe Weather Forecasting (Part 1)
2:00 - 3:15
Rich Thompson - Lead Forecaster, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK 
"Sorting Out the Data - What is Useful in Good Severe Weather Forecasting"

3:15 - 5:00
Panel Discussion - "Delineating Thunderstorm Threats in a Forecast -
Helpful Insights into Severe Weather Forecasting"

Dinner Banquet
7:00 - 8:15  
Chuck Doswell - Senior Research Scientist, Cooperative Institute for
Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, Norman, OK
"Building a Conceptual Model - Melding Theoretical and Operational

8:15 - ? 
Storm Slides and Videos 

Saturday, March 16
8:30 - 9:00 Current Weather Discussion

Session III - Severe Weather Forecasting (Part 2)

9:00 - 11:30
Al Moller - Lead Forecaster, NWS - Fort Worth, TX
Jim Johnson  - Lead Forecaster, NWS - Dodge City, KS
"Severe Weather Forecasting Workshop"

11:30 - 12:30
Panel Discussion - "The FAQ's of Severe Weather"

As is listed in the agenda, there will be much time for interactive
discussions among the presenters as well as between the attendees and the
presenters.  Breaks will be included. Price ($60 for students and $120 for
non-students) includes lunch and dinner on Friday and refreshments during
the breaks.

Please check out for details and

Or contact Paul Sirvatka - sirvatka@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

* Paul L. Sirvatka          | Office: (630) 942-2118; Lab: (630) 942-2590    *
* Professor of Meteorology  | COD Weather Lab: (630) 858-0032                * 
* College of DuPage         | Address: 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 *  

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