The Science of High Impact Weather Forecasting

Tuesday, April 22, 7 PM

Are you curious about the weather? Do you like to talk about the weather?

Join us with Meteorologist Drew Montreuil of Finger Lakes Weather. Drew will talk about forecasting and discuss the process that he goes through to forecast, how and why he uses caution before predicting something big, and the different things he does at different points leading up to an event. This talk and discussion will focus on winter storms and severe weather outbreaks, since they are the highest impact and have the highest chance to be over-hyped.

Also joining the discussion on preparing for a dangerous weather event will be American Red Cross Staff Kevin Carpenter, Disaster Program Manager and Jay Stith, Americorps.

PS –  Come early for Author Diane Ackerman at 6pm downstairs!

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More about Drew, from his website:

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil created Finger Lakes Weather and is currently its sole employee. Drew moved to the Finger Lakes region in 1991 just shy of his 3rd birthday and has remained in the area ever since. His love for the weather developed in early childhood and grew into an obsession as he went through his childhood. In his junior year of high school, he, a website dedicated to local weather forecasts and information for the eastern Finger Lakes area.

In 2007, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology with Honors four years later. While at Oswego, he was an officer of the meteorology club multiple times, won a number of forecasting competitions and worked for three years at the on-campus Lake Effect Snow Prediction and Research Center, also known as LESPaRC. At LESPaRC, he forecast winter weather for a number of area school districts and colleges, providing them with vital information used in deciding whether or not to close school. As a senior, he was one of two Lead Forecasters at LESPaRC and also was the lead forecaster on the student run meteorology website. While at Oswego, Drew also spent two years researching how the public interprets weather forecasts for an honor’s thesis and completed a Senior Seminar project on the occurrences of tornadoes in New York State.

After graduating from Oswego in the spring of 2011, Drew enrolled in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program at Cornell University. As a Research Assistant, Drew looked at temperature data from dozens of sensors located in a variety of vineyards around the Finger Lakes. The goals of this project include determining the influence of the Finger Lakes on the temperatures of the surrounding lands, how elevation impacts temperatures and finding other subtleties in the terrain that can influence temperature. Ultimately, Drew hopes to compile a map of suitable land for new vineyard development by means of a climate model driven by this temperature data and other historical weather sources.