Hello everyone, I am excited to be a part of the 27th DuPage County Advanced Severe Weather Seminar on March 10, 2018. I was honored when Paul Sirvatka asked me to a speaker and cannot wait to spend the day talking about the weather with all of you. I will be speaking with with a full line up of presenters including: Dr. Reed Timmer, Dr. Walker Ashley, Dr. Victor Gensini, meteorologist Ricky Castro, Debby Gray & Allan Fisher from Naperville EMA, and many more.

As a child I remember attending the seminar. I dreamed one day I would be invited to speak about the weather. I am proud to say that day will come on March 10th. Over the past five years I have given several hundred talks over the state, but this one will be memorable given it’s notoriety and my childhood memories.  The content provided by the speakers this year looks absolutely fascinating. From a review of events from June of 2008 and 2016 to my talk titled “Spotter 201.”

Spotter 201 will be geared toward the storm spotters that have been out there for a little bit, but also to those who may just be starting off. My presentation will start off by reviewing basic storm structure through a series of videos and graphics from out in the field. I will show videos showing the evolution of tornado-genesis and explain some of the things to look for when out in the field spotting.

The bulk of the presentation will be geared to reading radar while out spotting. I feel like this is a giant opportunity for improvement in spotter education. As a spotter trainer, we do a great job pointing out storm features and what to look for. In this technology day and age, nearly everyone has the access to radar. If you are going out there to storm spot, you should have at least a basic level radar program as well as a decent understanding on what to look for and why. The end of the of presentation will consist of when bad things happen out in the field and what to do to mitigate them. I hope to see you all out there.

Please see: http://www.dupageco.org/weatherseminar/ for more information.