2012 Severe Weather SymposiumThis page is for archival purposes only.
The Symposium is for Storm Spotters, but is open to the public. This day is designed to train and expand your knowledge in advanced storm development as well as spotter safety and responsibility. The presentations will include incredible storm videos; experts in the field from the National Weather Service and the private sector, and will include a Panel Discussion with local television meteorologists, guest speakers, and NWS meteorologists. Guest Presenters include: Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist; Jay Antle, Johnson County Community College Professor and Storm Chaser; Chad Omitt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist / NWS Topeka; Steve Runnels, Warning Coordination Meteorologist / NWS Springfield, MO; John Utech, President of Weather Lab; and Dr. Harold Brooks, Head of the Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team / National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).
The fee for the Symposium is $15.00, which can be sent to:
- Douglas County Emergency Management
- C/O Jillian Rodrigue
- 111 East 11th St., Unit 200
- Lawrence, KS 66044
The registration deadline is: Thursday, March 1st, 2012.
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- Special Thanks
- Severe Weather Symposium Flyer (PDF format)
- Past Symposiums
"Twisters: Living in Tornado Alley"
While in graduate school, he participated in an exchange program with Johnson County Community College that ultimately led him to secure a professorship there in 2000 that he still holds. His responsibilities at JCCC have grown to include heading up the college's Sustainability program as the Executive Director of the college's Sustainability Center. He currently lives in Lawrence and is an avid hiker and storm chaser.
"The Record Breaking 2011 Spring Tornado Season: Historic Perspectives and Challenges for the Future"
During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are, and on how to evaluate weather forecasts. In 2002, he received the United States Department of Commerce's Silver Medal for his work on the distribution of severe thunderstorms in the United States and, in 2007, he received the NOAA Administrator's Award for work on extreme weather and climate change. He has been Co-Chief Editor of the American Meteorological Society's journal, Weather and Forecasting, and was a member of the World Meteorological Organization's Joint Working Group on Verification from 2000-2009, and is currently on the steering committee of the European Conference on Severe Storms and the Climate Change Science Working Group for the US National Climate Assessment. In 2011, he was named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
"Covering The Severe Weather Outbreak: May 22, 2011 KMBC First Alert Weather: Planning the Work, Working the Plan"
Coming to KMBC 9 NEWS in 1985, Chief Meteorologist Bryan Busby quickly established himself as Kansas City's leading meteorologist. In addition, Bryan serves as Chief Meteorologist for Carter Broadcasting, providing weather reports on radio station KPRS, Hot 103 Jamz. Just recently, Bryan was awarded the prestigious 2010 “Meteorologist of the Year” award by the American Meteorological Society.
Bryan has put KMBC-TV on the "weather map" with innovative programs like "Guaranteed Weather," "EarthStation," "Weather-To-Go," "Bryan Goes to School," and "Instant Weather Network,” a weather display system which earned him U.S. Patent Number 5,943,630.
Fun, interaction, and community outreach are key ingredients that make Bryan Kansas City's favorite television personality. "I never know what to expect when I do an on-location weather report. Spontaneous reactions make my job fun and sometimes very challenging."
Bryan was appointed to the National Chapter of the American Meteorological Society's Board of Broadcast Meteorologists, and named Chairman for that committee 1997-1998. That same year, he was considered for the weathercaster position at Good Morning America.
"Impact Based Warning Test and Thunderstorm Morphology"
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Chad attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He got his start as a meteorologist in the private sector at WeatherData Inc. in Wichita, KS as a Storm Warning Meteorologist. After 5 years with WeatherData Inc. he joined the National Weather Service where he has worked for offices in Milwaukee, Wichita, Indianapolis and currently at Topeka.
He will be presenting a brief on the upcoming Impact Based Warning Test that area NWS offices will participate in. He will also present a talk on severe thunderstorm morphology and storm structure for spotters.
"The May 22, 2011 Severe Weather Outbreak: From the NWS Perspective"
Prior to arriving at Springfield in 1995, Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 1987. He began his NWS career in 1988 at the NWS office in Evansville, IN and then transferred to the new forecast office in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill in 1993.
Steve is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
"The Challenges of Storm Spotters"
He recently attended and participated in the "Weather Ready Nation" discussion in Norman, Oklahoma. Mr. Utech is also on the Planning Committee for the National Severe Weather Workshop held in Norman, Oklahoma. He is one of only 4 External Reviewers for the new Met-Ed on-line Storm Spotter Training Course. He recently released a white paper and case study on "Reducing the Workload of the Emergency Manager", and produced the DVD "...To be a Storm Spotter".
Mr. Utech was also the Editor for the Oklahoma Emergency Managers Newsletter, "The OKEM", and he was also selected to be the Director of the newly formed "Severe Weather Operations Department" in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
He still broadcasts severe weather information on Ponca City Radio Station, WBBZ, and his humorous approach to storm spotter activities keeps him in demand as a speaker.
Panel Discussion Participants
- Jay Antle, Professor and Storm Chaser:
Johnson County Community College
- Dr. Harold Brooks, Head of the Modeling, Observation, and Analysis Team:
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
- Bryan Busby, Meteorologist:
- Matt Elwell, Chief Meteorologist:
- Joe Lauria, Meteorologist:
- Matt Miller, Chief Meteorologist:
- Chad Omitt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM):
- Al Pietrycha, Science and Operations Officer (SOO):
- Steve Runnels, Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM):
NWS Springfield, MO
- Chris Suchan, Chief Meteorologist:
Douglas County Emergency Management would like to give a special thanks to:
- Aman Reaka for designing the flyers and brochures
- Wyandotte County Emergency Management for providing the printing of flyers and brochures