Part of SUNY Oswego alumni’s bragging rights resides in having conquered the (sometimes) inclement weather, particularly the snowy, cold winters, on campus. But the dramatic weather and lakefront campus also make the college the perfect place for students to learn in a world-class meteorology program. Plus, nothing brings a campus together like being snowed in
When hundreds of seasoned and aspiring meteorologists submitted applications to compete in a reality television show featuring hilarious weather-related challenges, a SUNY Oswego alumna was among the 12 finalists chosen. Christina Faraone ’11 of Walden, N.Y., was selected to join the latest charge in the reality TV movement as a contestant on “America’s Next Weatherman.”
In the beginning, there was a single teletype machine spitting out National Weather Service reports in SUNY Oswego’s Piez Hall. There were students and professors gathered around pieces of paper, working out complicated mathematical equations using raw meteorological data to develop weather forecasts—with a pencil. “There just wasn’t much available in the way of tools,”
National weather scientist James LaDue ’86 discussed extreme natural disasters and the state of meteorology during a presentation last semester in the Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation. “Forecasting science has drastically improved,” said LaDue, who earned a B.S. in meteorology at Oswego. “We can tell with pretty good confidence where there will be
Oswego weather is one of the things meteorology major Matthew Kelsch ’83 appreciated most as an undergraduate. By diving head first into his program at Oswego, Kelsch says he discovered exactly what he wanted to do with his future. He is a hydrometeorologist in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR’s, cooperative program for operational meteorology,
When your résumé includes experiences like standing atop Piez Hall measuring the wind speed as the Blizzard of ’77 rolls in off Lake Ontario, where else would your career take you but before the cameras of The Weather Channel as the Winter Weather Expert?
Luckily Tom Niziol ’77 made it down off that roof safely. Now he draws on his Oswego snow schooling and a 30-year career with the National Weather Service in Buffalo in his role with the country’s premier source for consumer weather information.
When Oswego County BOCES transportation supervisor Kathy Jamerson thinks there might be a bad winter storm ahead, she turns to students at SUNY Oswego for help.
“They’re local, so their forecasts are a little more accurate, a little more specific,“ Jamerson said. “They are really good at pinpointing the very time a storm will go through. Like we’ll be thinking of dismissing at noon, but they’ll say, ‘No. It will be worse at noon than at your regular dismissal time.’”