Understanding Violent Weather 2005

Date: October 23, 2005 12:00 PM - October 26, 2005 12:00 PM
Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Covering blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and all the other manifestations of violent weather is a major responsibility of journalism.  This four-day seminar, “Understanding Violent Weather,” gave journalists a chance to learn from world-class experts on violent weather at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, and journalism professors from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

The journalist fellows greatly enjoyed visiting the NOAA headquarters in Norman, including a trip inside the phased array radar tower, and the Severe Storm Laboratory's forecasting room.  These are some of their comments:

The sessions were excellent and I came away with a number of story ideas and a deeper understanding of issues facing forecasters and weather researchers. I also enjoyed the mix of TV and print journalists; I believe we all learned from one another, a valuable thing in this era of convergence.  – Chris Kridler, Florida Today (daily newspaper)

The field trip was VERY informative! It was awesome seeing the inside of the doppler radar, Storm Prediction Center, and NSSL! I've been working with their products for years and appreciate the opportunity to see their offices.  – Scott Mundt, KELO-TV  (Sioux Falls, SD)

I came back home with a strong desire to learn more about many of the topics that were covered. Made we want to go back to school all over again.  – Craig Eliot, KOAA-TV NBC  (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Fundamentals of Forecasting [download]
    Lynn P. Maximuk
    Meteorologist In Charge, National Weather Service Forecast Office
  • Global Warming: Is it Real? Can it Affect Violent Weather? [download]
    David Karoly, Ph.D.
    Williams Chair Professor of Meteorology, University of Oklahoma
  • Floods: the Awesome Power [download]
    Suzanne Van Cooten, Ph.D
    Research Hydrometeorologist, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, Okla.
  • Reporting the Weather [download]
    Dana Rosengard, PhD.
    McMahon Centennial Professor of Journalism, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma
  • Winter Weather [download]
    Paul Kocin
    Former winter weather expert, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Severe Weather: Hurricanes [download]
    Gerry Bell, Ph.D.
    Meteorologist, NOAA/National Weather Service
  • Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes: Predicting the Unpredictable [download]
    Kelvin Droegemeier, Ph.D.
    Regents and Presidential Professor; Weathernews Chair Director, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms

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