Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Central Plains Weather Symposium: A Look Back

Nearly every Lincoln and Omaha TV station was represented at Saturday's Central Plains Weather Symposium in Lincoln.

KLKN Staffers, photo courtesy of Dr. Ken DeweyKLKN-Lincoln had the largest representation, with Kevin Coskren, Wes Callison and Liz Dorland. KOLN/KGIN-Lincoln meteorologist Brad Anderson was also on hand, along with Omaha TV station meteorologists CT Thongklin (KMTV), Tyson Pearsall (KPTM) and Bill Randby (KETV).

Unfortunately, going on the same day in Des Moines was the 11th Annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference, which was hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of the National Weather Association. This created some conflicts which prevented attendees from being in Lincoln (including WOWT).

Pictured at right (left to right): KLKN meteorologists Wes Callison, Kevin Coskren and Liz Dorland.
Photo courtesy Dr. Ken Dewey.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the 11th Annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference was its usual rocking blast.

Though nothing could compare to the raging good time of the now-infamous 6th Annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference.

Now THAT was a party!

Obbop said...

Is the meeting of weather guessers primarily inteded to improve the guess rate or is it sharing methods of making a mountain out of a molehill so as to improve ratings?

Brian said...

The symposium was very enjoyable to attend. My 5 year-old (who is very curious about severe weather, especially tornadoes) and I made the trip from Papillion and had a good time.

Those quick to knock it should visit the web site Sean linked to in his blog entry and see what it is all about. While a recap of this year isn't yet available, info from past symposiums can be viewed through the site as well.

Lastly, while the TV meteorologists were on hand, it was more of a meet-and-greet for them with the public.

Anonymous said...

I remember Liz Dorland from UNL. We used to call her the "Weather Nazi."

I'm happy for her success...hopefully she's mellowed out some since then.

Damon Scott Hynes said...

Since they were screening "An Inconvenient Truth"...well, it doesn't take a weatherman to see which way the wind's blowing. I saved my gas money.

Brian said...

Damon,

They made it available, but what I found to be interesting is that, while the event mainly took place on the first couple of floors of the building, "An Inconvenient Truth" was being shown up on the 9th floor!

Perhaps that was their way of including it, yet keeping it at a distance. :-)

Damon Scott Hynes said...

Okay, I squat corrected. :-) I'm still a little tentative about my future in stormchasing, and last year sucked in comparison to 2004 and 2005, so I had 90% planned on giving it a pass anyhow.

Obbop said...

So, one can assume the affair wasn't cancelled due to unexpected rain?

Brian said...

It wasn't canceled. It didn't rain a drop for the duration that I was in Lincoln (from approx 10:30am until 7:00pm).

The only thing that did not happen was the weather balloon launch and it was due to a threat of rain. I can't remember if they were under a watch at the 10am-10:30am time frame in which the launch was scheduled.

Anonymous said...

Funny, Obbop. My kid had a great time seeing all the people he sees on tv- except for channel 6, but Jim Flowers mustache scares him anyways.

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