Severe-weather expert James Ladue to speak at SUNY Oswego on Dec. 6

James Ladue, a SUNY Oswego alumnus and national weather scientist, will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in Room 175 of the college’s Richard S. Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation about extreme natural disasters, as well as how to improve communications with the public and the resiliency of our communities to severe weather.

Last May, two tornadoes ripped across Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, killing 25 people and wounding 390 more. Less than two weeks later, a third tornado ripped through Oklahoma, injuring and killing scores more, including professional and amateur storm chasers. Ladue will discuss these tragic events and what meteorologists are doing to improve forecasting.

With more than 20 years of experience as a meteorologist, Ladue currently works as a meteorologist instructor at the National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman, Okla., a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The office is responsible for training NWS personnel on warning methodology and situation awareness to better serve the public in hazardous weather warning situations.

Ladue earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from SUNY Oswego in 1986. His previous work experience includes creating new satellite-based techniques to assist in improved forecasting of short-term hazardous weather.

The event is free and open to the public.

Ladue’s presentation is part of the Science Today Lecture Series, which brings together top names and developments from throughout the sciences, while also showing how the different avenues of science intersect. The content is geared toward a general audience.

Parking on campus for those without a current SUNY Oswego parking sticker is $1. Visit oswego.edu/administration/parking for information on obtaining a day-use permit.

For more information, contact Stephanie Lamb at stephanie.lamb@oswego.edu or 315-312-2258.


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(Posted: Nov 25, 2013)

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