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2010 Kentucky Weather Conference Jan. 15-16 at WKU’s South Campus

The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and the Kentucky Climate Center are jointly sponsoring the 2010 Kentucky Weather Conference on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 15-16) at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center at WKU’s South Campus.

“Kentucky’s climate presents an ever-present threat,” said Dr. Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center. “Snow and ice, floods, tornadoes, damaging wind, and other natural hazards affect Kentucky. Early warnings and accurate information in rapidly developing situations are vitally important.”

The conference is targeted to emergency managers from counties all across Kentucky. Presentations will be made by members of the National Weather Service, the Kentucky Climate Center and the emergency management community.

Development of the Kentucky Mesonet provides emergency managers with an additional source of weather data and fills a critical need for real-time data during active weather situations.

The conference will promote a vision for expanded weather spotting capabilities.  Current Internet resources (including the Kentucky Mesonet, the National Weather Service and other commercial providers of weather information) and wireless communication technologies enable the development of advanced weather spotting networks.

The conference opens at 1 p.m. Friday with opening remarks by Dr. Foster and Brig. Gen. John Heltzel, director of the Division of Emergency Management.  Sessions will be held until 6 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Contact: Stuart Foster at (270) 745-5983.

AGENDA

Friday, Jan. 15

11:00 – 1:00 pm         Registration Open

1:00 pm                      Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stuart Foster, Director Kentucky Climate Center; Brigadier General John Heltzel, Director KYEM

1:30 – 2:30                 Using Climate Models to Look Ahead – Kentucky Climate Center
Presentation and training focused on the developing a basic understanding of climatological products and using those products to prepare for weather a season in advance.

2:30 –2:45                  Break

2:45 – 3:45 pm           Internet Weather Resources – Kentucky Climate Center
Presentation on information available on the internet for tracking storms, determining severity, and obtaining and exchanging weather information with NWS.

3:45 – 4:30                 Sponsor Comments

4:30 – 6:00                 Networking

Saturday, Jan. 16

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.         Registration

8:30 – 9:30                 Kentucky Weather Hazards, What Is Your Risk – Kentucky Climate Center
Looking at what weather hazards have affected the state, where they have the highest probability of occurring, and what major weather events have done in the past.

9:30 – 9:45                 Break

9:45 – 10:45                Storm Prediction Center Forecast Products, Using them to determine Your Risk – National Weather Service
Presentation and training on use of forecast models available from the Storm Prediction Center to determine the threats and level of risk from severe weather events.

10:45-11:45                 Weather Spotting Yesterday, Today – National Weather Service
A presentation of weather spotting from 1974 to present, current status of storm spotting in Kentucky

11:45 – 12:30              Lunch

12:30 – 1:00                The Vision of the Kentucky Spotter Service
The vision of a coordinated, dedicated, spotter network for the protection of the Commonwealth.

1:00 – 2:15               Workgroup Breakouts
Facilitated workgroup sessions to discuss questions relating to the development of the Kentucky Spotter Network

2:15- 2:30                      Closing Remarks & End of Day

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