Minnesota, Wisconsin TV Meteorologists to Meet on Climate Science

A continuing series of full-day climate science workshops for broadcast meteorologists will bring together Minnesota and western Wisconsin weathercasters in October at Science Museum of Minnesota.

Broadcast meteorologists from across Minnesota and western Wisconsin are to meet October 5-6 at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), in St. Paul, for a full-day workshop on climate science.

The workshop* — funded primarily by SMM and with financial support from the Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment — is one of a continuing series aimed at bridging communication gaps between professional climatologists and meteorologists.

Up to 15 broadcast meteorologists from Minnesota and from television markets in Eau Claire and La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Mn., have been confirmed as participants.

The workshop faculty consists of leading climate scientists and meteorology experts such as Professors Mark Seeley and Peter Snyder of the University of Minnesota; Professor John Abraham of the University of St. Thomas; Professor Anthony Broccoli of Rutgers University; Keith Dixon of NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Ben Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Jeff Masters of Weather Underground; Paul Douglas of Weather Nation; and meteorologist and Ph.D. candidate Joe Witte of NASA and George Mason University.

The confirmed meteorologists represent TV stations throughout the state’s major television markets. Previous workshops in the series have addressed broadcast meteorologists’ climate change questions and information needs across the upper Midwest; in the Southeast and Southwest; and in the Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Bay watershed states. In addition, one such program was held as an American Meteorological Society “short course” during the AMS’s 2009 broadcast meteorologists annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. (See related story on new AMS climate change statement.)

Both AMS and the National Weather Association provide their members continuing education credits for participating in the workshops.

Editor’s Note: The Grantham Foundation is a principal foundation funder of The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media, whose editor is the manager and moderator of the SMM broadcast meteorologists program.

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