CoCoRaHS WxTalk Webinars
 




The CoCoRaHS WxTalk Webinar Series

In December 2011 CoCoRaHS kicked off a new and exciting monthly Webinar series called CoCoRaHS WxTalk (wx is shorthand for weather). CoCoRaHS WxTalk consists of a series of monthly one-hour interactive Webinars featuring engaging experts in the fields of atmospheric science, climatology and other pertinent disciplines. These easy to follow presentations are live and approximately sixty minutes long. The audience is given the chance to submit questions which the experts answer live on the air.

Topics have included: Snow, Satellites, Hurricanes, Lightning, Clouds, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Fire Weather, Weather History, Radar and How to become a Meteorologist, just to name a few.  

There are many exciting Webinars on the agenda in the months ahead, so please tell your friends to join us.  All WxTalk Webinars are free and most are recorded for later viewing.

*Although headphones are a good way of listening to the Webinars, only a set of speakers is required to hear the Webinar.  The audience will be muted so there is no need for a microphone. All incoming correspondence during the Webinar should be in typed form.




Upcoming WxTalk Webinars:





Thursday, December  4, 2014 at 11AM MST

"Tsunami Science and Tsunami Warning Systems"

Stuart Weinstein
Deputy Director
NOAA/Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Ewa Beach, HI 

(biography)

This talk will cover the nuts and bolts of tsunami science and how tsunami warning systems work. This includes how tsunamis are generated, how they propagate across ocean basins and why they are destructive. Most destructive tsunamis are generated by great earthquakes. Therefore tsunami warning centers have developed methods to rapidly analyze earthquakes and assess their potential to generate destructive tsunamis. Tsunami warning centers act as the trip wire i.e., they rapidly pass on the results of their analysis to National or State Disaster Organizations (like FEMA or State Civil Defense agencies) whose task it is to make sure the public at risk receives the warnings (sound sirens for example) and facilitate evacuations.

REGISTER




Thursday,  December 11,  2014 at 11AM MST

"A Review of Significant Weather Events Occurring in 2014"

Greg Carbin

NOAA/Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK

(biography)

"Greg will present an overview of hazardous weather episodes impacting life and property within the United States during 2014. Selected events will be presented in quasi-chronological order and described with photos, maps, and loops of satellite and radar data. While many of the events selected for this talk captured the attention of the media and public, some of these "meteorological memories" may have been forgotten as more substantial weather events occurred throughout the year. This review will highlight some of the "big stories", as well as smaller short-term events. The presentation will include descriptions of significant and deadly weather events of the past year including winter storms, tornadoes and floods. Along with the meteorological set-up for each event, an impact summary will also 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."


REGISTER



Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11AM MST

"Avalanches in the US … In a Nutshell"

Simon Trautman
National Avalanche Specialist
Forest Service National Avalanche Center
Bozeman, MT

(biography)

Avalanches impact public safety within backcountry recreation areas, along roadways, and at many ski areas. In addition, avalanches kill more people annually on National Forests than any other natural hazard (each winter, approximately 30 people die in avalanches in the United States). Nearly all of these deaths involve recreation on NFS lands. The Forest Service believes in providing reasonably safe recreational opportunities for the public. As such, our goal is to provide information, education, and planning tools designed to reduce avalanche risk and improve backcountry and ski area safety.

Avalanche centers publish daily avalanche advisories and other public safety products that are accessed more than six million times each winter. These centers also provide avalanche related education to tens of thousands of people annually. The USFS operates a network of 14 backcountry avalanche centers that are supported in large part by public donations and other partnerships (often 50% of the costs). We also work closely with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and various ski resorts and highway departments that actively manage avalanche hazards.

This presentation will give an overview of avalanche phenomena, describe the impact avalanches have on public safety and commerce, and describe the measures taken in the US to reduce the risk avalanches pose to the public. 


Forest Service National Avalanche Center











Previous CoCoRaHS WxTalk Webinars
(click on a link below to view a previous WxTalk Webinar)



SEASON ONE -- Webinars 2011 - 2012
     
Webinar #1 - December 2011
Snow, love it , hate it . . . it still falls on us all!
David Robinson, Rutgers Univ.,
Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Univ.
    
 Webinar #2 - January 2012
Remote sensing: How weather satellites sense the earth
Arunas Kuciauskas
Naval Research Laboratory
Monterrey, CA 

   
Webinar #3 -  February 2012
Who Uses Weather and Climate Data and How Do They Do It?
Steve Hilberg
Midwest Regional Climate Center (Retired)
Champaign, IL
  Webinar #4 - March 2012
Understanding and Identifying Clouds
Tom Schlatter
NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory
Boulder, CO
     
Webinar #5 - April 2012
Flash Floods: It's More Than a Bunch of Rain

Matt Kelsch
UCAR/COMET
Boulder, CO 
  Webinar #6 - May 2012
Lightning and Its Impacts
Ronald L. Holle
Holle Meteorology & Photography
Oro Valley, AZ 
     
Webinar #7 - June 2012
Hurricane Analysis and Prediction at the National Hurricane Center

Chris Landsea
NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center
Miami, FL
  Webinar #8 - July 2012
Wind and Wildfire - A Dangerous Combination

Liz Page
UCAR/COMET
Boulder, CO 
     
Webinar #9 - August 2012
Extreme Rainfall, How We Analyze It and How The Data is Used

Bill Kappel
Applied Weather Associates
Monument, CO
  Webinar #10 - September 2012
So You Want to Become a Meteorologist?

Dave Changnon
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 
     
Webinar #11 - October 2012
When Howling Wolves Greet the Northern Lights

Jan Curtis
USDA/NRCS
Portland, OR
  Webinar #12 -  November 2012
Weather Optics - "There are more 'bows' in the sky than just rainbows"

Grant Goodge
Earth Resources Technology, Inc.
Laurel, MD 
     
Webinar #13 -  December 2012
Historic Winter Season Weather Events : What's the best of the worst.....

Paul Kocin
NOAA/NWS/Hydrologic Prediction Center
College Park, MD
   



SEASON TWO -- Webinars 2013
     
Webinar #14 - January 2013
Flavors of Climate variability: El Nino, La Nina and Recurring Jet Stream patterns
Gerry Bell
NOAA/CPC
College Park, MD
    
Webinar #15 - February 2013
"Educated Echoes: An Introduction to Doppler and Dual-polarization Weather Radar "

Pat Kennedy
CHILL Radar
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 

   
Webinar #16 - March 2013
"I before E" Except in Drought
Mark Svoboda
NDMC
Lincoln, NE
  Webinar #17 - April 2013
Forecasting the Ferocious: The How, What, Where and Why of Tornadoes

Greg Carbin
NOAA/Storm Prediction Center
Norman, OK
     
Webinar # 18 - May 2013
At the Cutting Edge: Harry Wexler and the Emergence of Atmospheric Science

Jim Fleming
Colby College
Waterville, ME
  Webinar #19 - June 2013
Monitoring the Earth's Climate

Deke Arndt
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
Asheville, NC
     
Webinar #20 - July 2013
Rainwater Harvesting - Catching and Using It
Billy Kniffen
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)
Menard, TX
  Webinar #21 - August 2013
Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane prediction and the forecast for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

Phil Klotzbach
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
     
Webinar #22 - September 2013
The Hundred Hunt for the Red Sprite

Walt Lyons
FMA Research, Inc.
Fort Collins, CO
  Webinar #23 - October 2013
Meteorological Instruments -- Everything you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!

Stephen Burt
Univ. of Reading
Reading, UK 
     
Webinar #24 - November 2013
Weather Modification: Does the seeding of clouds enhance precipitation? An old question revisited

Bart Geerts
Univ. of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
  SPECIAL WEBINAR - November 2013
"A Review of Significant Weather Events Occurring in 2013"

Greg Carbin
NOAA/Storm Prediction Center
Norman, OK
     
Webinar #25 - December 2013
Climate Change, Ecology, and Disease Emergence – A Public Health Perspective

Ben Beard
NCEZID Centers for Disease Control
Fort Collins, CO
   



SEASON THREE -- Webinars 2014
     
Webinar #26 - January 2014
The Hydrologic Cycle: How River Forecast Centers Measure the Parts

Greg Story
NOAA/NWS/West Gulf River Forecast Center
Fort Worth, TX
    
Webinar #27 - February 2014
Life as a climatologist – what the heck does a climatologist do?

Ryan Boyles
North Carolina Climate Center
Raleigh, NC

   
Webinar #28 - March 2014
Keeping an eye on the Blue Marble: How NASA studies Earth’s weather, climate and hydrology from space

Dalia Kirschbaum
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD
  Webinar #29 - April 2014
Air Quality: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives

Sonia Kreidenweis
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
     
Webinar #30 - May 2014
Aviation Meteorology:  All you ever wanted to know . . . topics from what causes clear air turbulence to how airports’ traffic flow is impacted by weather.

Mike Bardou
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville
Romeoville, IL

Robb Kaczmarek
NOAA/NWS/Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center
Aurora, IL
 
  Webinar #31 - June 2014
Waterspouts: The Wet-Whirlwind Cousin to the Tornado

Joseph H. Golden
Golden Research & Consulting
Boulder, CO
     
Webinar #32 - July 2014
Space Weather:  What is it and why should you care?

Rodney Viereck
NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center
Boulder, CO
  Webinar #33 - August 2014
Weather CSI - Forensic Meteorology

Pam Knox, CCM
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 
     
Webinar #34 - September 2014
"A day in the life of a NWS Forecast Office"

John Gordon
National Weather Service Forecast Office
Louisville, KY
  Webinar #35 - October 2014
"Atmospheric Rivers"

Marty Ralph
Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography
La Jolla, CA 
 Webinar #36 - November 2014
"NOHRSC - The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center"
Carrie Olheiser
NOAA/National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC)
Chanhassen, MN