Dr. Ken Bowman, professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Bob French of Bryan-College Station television station KBTX are organizing the workshop on Advances in Meteorology in Texas for on-air meteorologists from television and radio stations across Texas.
Storm on the horizon from campus.The workshop will focus on broadcast meteorology and its relationship to meteorological education and operational forecasting in Texas. Participants will discuss areas of collaboration between broadcast meteorologists and climate researchers, advances in weather prediction and methods for communicating weather and climate information to the public.
"This workshop gives us a great opportunity to work with meteorologists who are the primary source of weather and climate information for Texans," said Bowman.
Bill Read will give the keynote speech at the end of the workshop. Read, a 1971 meteorology graduate from Texas A&M, recently retired as director of the National Hurricane Center. Read spent 15 years helping to modernize the National Weather Service's Houston-Galveston Forecasting Office before heading the National Hurricane Center in Miami for the last four years.
Other speakers will include broadcasters, Texas A&M researchers and staff from National Weather Service forecast offices.
Students and faculty gather for weather briefings in front of the wall of weather.The Atmospheric Sciences department in the College of Geosciences is the only department in Texas to offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in meteorology. Facilities for broadcast training include a green screen, where students can practice before a camera; a radio broadcast booth; the weather wall, which features a bank of monitors providing real-time updates on all aspects of weather systems; and the Doppler weather radar on top of the O&M Building. Student weather broadcasters update Brazos Valley on weather conditions daily on KAMU radio and other local media outlets.
The all-day workshop will be held in the Eller Oceanography and Meteorology Building on the campus of Texas A&M University. For more information, contact Jean Ann Bowman,
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