The Forecast for Forecasters

James LaDue ’86

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

Water, Water Everywhere for Meteorology Graduate

Matt Kelsch ’81

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,

Weather Channel’s Winter Expert Has Roots in Oswego

The Weather Channel's Top Snow Man

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.

Students at SUNY Oswego Pinpoint Storms for Schools

Photo by John

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.’”