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Central Oklahoma Chapter

American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association
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Joint Meeting Central Oklahoma Chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association

Wednesday April 20, 2011

Who: Greg Carbin, Storm Prediction Center

What: Meteorological Memories of 2010

Where: Sooner Legends Restaurant (Boomer Room); COCAMS members may purchase dinner prior to the meeting.

When: 6pm-8pm

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of hazardous weather episodes impacting life and property within the United States during 2010. Selected events will be presented in quasi-chronological order and will be described with photos, maps, and loops of satellite and radar data. While many of the events selected for this talk captured the attention of both the media and the public, some of the meteorological memories faded with time. This review will highlight some of the "big stories", as well as smaller short-term events. The presentation will include descriptions of significant winter weather events and deadly severe weather including tornadoes and flooding. Along with the meteorological set-up for each of these events, an impact summary will be provided.

Given the national scope and varied responsibilities of the Storm Prediction Center, high impact weather events, ranging from severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreaks to wildfires and winter storms, are analyzed and forecast regularly. These responsibilities provide the SPC forecaster with a unique opportunity to interpret data related to extreme weather across the nation. This diversified experience, and the availability of large, high-resolution, archived datasets, provide for this type of informative presentation.

Biography for Greg Carbin:

Greg Carbin is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma. Greg is SPC's spokesperson and subject matter expert on thunderstorm forecasting, the climatology of severe local storms, and tornadoes. In his role he also develops and conducts a wide array of informative and educational presentations geared toward diverse groups ranging from Congressional Staff and Emergency Managers to Rotary Clubs, students, and other meteorologists.

Prior to starting his career with the National Weather Service in Charlotte, NC in 1993, Greg was a private sector meteorologist in New York and Vermont. He earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985, and has completed some graduate level course work at the University of Oklahoma, while an employee of the NWS. Greg has served as chair, or co-chair, on the National Severe Weather Workshop Planning Committee since 2007.