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Fifth Tri-State Weather Conference Schedule

Saturday, 18 October 2014

9-9:30 a.m.
Doppler Radar Signatures Associated with Connecticut Tornadoes 1995 – present.
Ryan Hanrahan, NBC Connecticut – West Hartford, CT

Ryan Hanrahan joined the NBC Connecticut First Alert Weather Team in December 2005 and currently serves as the weekend evening meteorologist and as a general assignment reporter on weekdays.
Growing up along the shoreline in Guilford, Conn., his interest in the weather was sparked by the 1989 Hamden tornado, hurricanes Gloria and Bob, along with the blizzards of '93 and '96.
Ryan returned to Connecticut after working as a meteorologist for WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, N.Y. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University.
Ryan also studied atmospheric science in graduate school at the State University of New York at Albany. His weathercasts have been recognized by the American Meteorological Society with their Seal of Approval.
During his tenure at NBC Connecticut Ryan has covered many of the state's biggest storms including tropical storm Irene, hurricane Sandy, the October snowstorm, the Blizzard of 2013 and the Springfield tornado. He's also actively involved with several community organizations and frequently visits schools across the state talking about the weather. Ryan also writes the "Way Too Much Weather" blog.

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9:30-10:15 a.m.
Blizzard of 2013, Aberration Or The New Normal.
Paul Kocin, Forecast Operations Branch NOAA/National Weather Service.

Paul Kocin is currently a Winter Weather forecaster at the Weather Prediction Center (HPC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) in College Park Maryland. He received his B.S. in Meteorology from Cornell University and his M.Sc. from Pennsylvania State University. Paul has previously served as the Winter Weather Expert at the Weather Channel between 1999 and 2006 after a career researching winter storms both at NASA/Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, MD and at NCEP when it was located in Camp Springs, MD. During his long career, he has given many presentations and published many papers, as well as authoring the books "Northeast Snowstorms", Volumes 1 and 2, published in 2004 and "Snowstorms along the northeastern coast of the United States, 1955-1985", published in 1990. Both works, and several papers were co-authored with Dr. Louis Uccellini.

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10:15-11:00 a.m.
Exploring Tri-State Climate Variability and Change
Dr. David A. Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist, Rutgers University.

Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and also serves as New Jersey’s State Climatologist. He earned a doctorate in earth sciences at Columbia University prior to arriving at Rutgers. Dave's research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cryosphere chapter and to national climate assessments, and sits on lead climate advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, has been named a NOAA Environmental Hero, and is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

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11-11:15 a.m. Break

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Hurricane Sandy - Boundary Layer Structure Effects on Winds and Storm Surge.
Jeffrey S. Tongue, NOAA/National Weather Service, Upton, NY.

Jeffrey Tongue, Meteorologist, is the Science and Operations Officer for NOAA’s National Weather Service New York, NY Forecast Office. Jeff obtained his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and Master’s from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to New York, Jeff was a lead forecaster for Space Shuttle operations at NASA’s Mission Control in Houston, TX. He is also an Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Suffolk Community College and teaches at Stony Brook University as well. Jeff is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force having served for 24 years both active duty and reserve. Lastly, Jeff serve's as the NWA's Education Committee Chair and the Secretary of the NYC/LI AMS Chapter.

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11:45-12:30 p.m.
NWS Weather Ready Nation initiative and how science is a critical and integral part.
Dr. Jason Tuelll, Director, Eastern Region NWS, Bohemia, NY.

Dr. Jason Tuell, Ph.D., is Director of the National Weather Service Eastern Region. He oversees operations for the region, which provides weather, water, aviation, and climate services to more than 93 million people in 21 states, from Maine to northern Georgia, and westward to Ohio.
Dr. Tuell started his meteorological career as a weather officer in the Air Force in 1981. He had assignments at Offutt Air Force Base, Eglin Air Force Base, Andrews Air Force Base and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Along with two others, Dr, Tuell established and taught an in-resident graduate program in atmospheric sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology during the his last Air Force Assignment.
Dr. Tuell joined the NWS in 2002 as chief of the Office of Science and Technology’s Development Branch and has supported many projects since then, including the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, or AWIPS, Next Generation Weather Radar, or NEXRAD, and Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, programs. As chief of the Meteorological Services Division he played a key role in improving operations and services for fire weather, aviation, marine, tsunami, and coastal services.
Dr. Tuell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Doctor of Philosophy in atmospheric sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Tracking Hurricanes and Saharan Dust Storms from Space.
Jason Dunion, NOAA Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL.

Jason Dunion is a meteorologist at the University of Miami and also works closely with the NOAA Hurricane Research Division in Miami, FL. He specializes in satellite remote sensing of hurricanes and has led the development of several new satellite products for monitoring tropical cyclones and Saharan dust storms. He has served as Director of the Hurricane Research Division’s Field Program, acted as chief scientist on several Hurricane Hunter research missions using NOAA’s high altitude jet and P-3 Orions, and has flown on over 50 hurricane hunter flights. He is also a member of the NOAA and NASA science teams that are studying Atlantic hurricanes with high altitude drone aircraft.
Jason earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in geography and geology in 1992. For the next 4 years, he worked as a supported living coordinator in both Connecticut and Miami, FL while also completing his graduate school pre-requisite courses. His supporting living work involved helping people with developmental disabilities to transition out of facilities and group homes and live independently in the community. After finishing his graduate school pre-requisite courses, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his Masters degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 1999. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University at Albany-SUNY.

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2:00-2:30 p.m.
Application of Geographic Information Systems in the National Weather Service.
Adrienne Leptich, NOAA/National Weather Service, Upton, NY.

Adrienne Leptich, Meteorologist, is a General Forecaster at the National Weather Service New York, NY Forecast Office. She was promoted from Meteorologist Intern to her current position in 2003. Prior to coming to the National Weather Service, Ms. Leptich was a surface weather observer at LaGuardia Airport. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University with a Bachelors Degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and is close to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

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2:30-3:00 p.m.
The GOES-R Satellite: A New Eye in the Sky.
Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, NOAA/National Weather Service, Taunton, MA.

Eleanor Vallier-Talbot is a native New Englander, raised in Quincy, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Lowell (now the University of Massachusetts at Lowell) for two years before transferring to Lyndon State College in Vermont. Eleanor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in 1982. Upon graduation, she began her career as a part time weather observer at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Mass., for 3 years before joining the National Weather Service in Providence, R.I., in 1985. She has also worked at the NWS offices in Portland, Maine and Charleston, S.C., as well as two stints in Boston/Taunton, first from 1993 to 1998, returning in 2001.

Eleanor has a keen interest in education, having considered a career as a math teacher. After the move to the Taunton office in late 1993, she worked to revitalize the office’s Outreach Program. Since then, the NWS Taunton is one of the national leaders in outreach visits, tours and presentations to a wide variety of organizations, educational institutions and training sessions including SKYWARN. Since the revitalization, the staff at NWS Taunton has reached over 150,000 people across their area of responsibility through their Outreach activities. She has passionately served in several capacities on the Outreach Team, currently as Outreach Coordinator, and also assists on the SKYWARN training and marine weather teams. Eleanor has taken the lead as Satellite Program Leader for the office, sharing new techniques and developments in the national satellite program, including updates on the GOES-R program.

Eleanor is a long time, active member of the National Weather Association, serving on the Education Committee.

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3:00-3:30 p.m.
Violent Tornado Outbreak, Nebraska and South Dakota - June 16-18, 2014.
Quincy Vagell, Freelance Meteorologist – Naugatuck, CT.

Quincy Vagell is a meteorologist who most recently served as the Executive Producer of Weather for WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT. He took off spring and summer of 2014 to pursue his dream of storm chasing in the Plains and other parts of the U.S.

Quincy served as a student meteorologist for Western Connecticut State University’s Weather Center for four years, while working on his B.S. degree in Operational Meteorology. Upon earning that degree in 2009, he remained active within the University, returning as a University Assistant and volunteer. Quincy was also a meteorologist for AOL Patch from 2010 through 2011, where he provided breaking weather updates leading up to and during Tropical Storm Irene.

He joined WTNH-TV’s Storm Team 8 in the fall of 2011. During his time with Storm Team 8, he served as a Web Meteorologist, was brought on-air for severe weather updates, published over 1,300 articles for and visited schools across Connecticut to educate students about meteorology.

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3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-4:30 p.m.
Winter 14-15...Will Our Long Standing Ideas Win Out?
Joseph D’Aleo, Weatherbell Analytics LLC

Joseph D'Aleo was a co founder and the first Director of Meteorology at the cable TV Weather Channel. He has over 40 years experience in professional meteorology. Mr. D'Aleo is now co-chief Meteorologist withWeatherbell Analytics LLC. Joseph D'Aleo is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with BS and MS degrees in Meteorology. His master's thesis was on explosive development in east coast cyclones.

Mr. D'Aleo was Chief Meteorologist at Weather Services International Corporation and the WSI web site. He was a college professor of Meteorology at Lyndon State College. He has authored a resource guide on El Nino and La Nina and papers on how research into ENSO
and atmospheric, oceanic and solar oscillations have made skillful seasonal forecasts possible. Mr. D'Aleo has also published papers and made numerous presentations on the roles cycles in the sun and oceans have
played in climate change.

Mr. D'Aleo is a Certified Consultant Meteorologist and was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He has served as a member and then chairman of the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Weather Analysis and Forecasting. Mr. D'Aleo was elected a Councilor for the AMS.

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4:30-5:00 p.m. Panel Discussion


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