Students organizing Lake Effect Conference Oct. 20, 21

SUNY Oswego’s student chapter of the American Meteorology Society organized the second annual Lake Effect Conference, Oct. 20 and 21 in Sheldon and Park halls on campus.

The conference brings together researchers from various regions to present and discuss advances in meteorology of the Great Lakes.

“This year at our Lake Effect Conference, we hope to create scientific discussions about research in meteorology and hope that it spurs new research,” said Meredith Mandel, president of the Meteorology Club. “We also hope that this research will help operational forecasters predict and warn the public of significant weather events.”

This year’s conference features keynote speaker Thomas A. Niziol, a 1977 Oswego meteorology graduate. He has been the head meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Buffalo since 2005 while also serving as the science and operations officer and lead forecaster. Niziol also worked for the National Weather Service’s forecast team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

He has also appeared on television programs on the British Broadcasting Corp., “Dateline NBC,” the Discovery Channel, PBS, the History Channel and “NBC Nightly News.”

The Meteorology Club is run by students and faculty who come together to better understand the region and its weather. Oswego faculty who work with the club include Robert Ballentine, Steven Skubis, Alfred Stamm and Scott Steiger.

The organization’s activities include trips to National Weather Service offices and news stations, examining regional weather patterns and hosting the now-annual Lake Effect Conference.

“A few years ago, several of the officers actually began to plan the conference and got the ball rolling for what is now our second annual Lake Effect Conference,” Mandel said.

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(Posted: Oct 17, 2007)