Monday, December 9, 2013 – Forecasting Extreme Weather Events


Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Extreme weather events such as winter storms, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, floods and droughts/heat waves pose a substantial risk to life, property and commerce globally each year.  Powerful, majestic and mysterious, experiencing these types of events are the primary reason most meteorologists get “hooked” at a young age, beginning a life-long pursuit of understanding the world of extreme weather.  Because of their relatively rare occurrence, accurately forecasting extreme weather events pose various challenges to meteorologists; the presenter will attempt to highlight some of these forecast challenges.

A native of southern Minnesota, Andy is no stranger to extreme weather, experiencing many severe thunderstorms and winter storms throughout his childhood years.  One of his fondest weather memories is living through the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when two to four feet of snow buried the Minnesota region.  He received his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota in 2002.  He began his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in both Great Falls and Glasgow, Montana in 2001-03, transferring to the National Weather Service here in Wichita July 2003.  Andy is a seasoned Kansas forecaster, forecasting all types of extreme weather events over his ten-year tenure here in Wichita.

Andy enjoys spending time with his wife of five years and his 6-month-old daughter, along with other family and friends.  When he gets the chance, he also enjoys storm chasing, drumming, playing golf and rollerblading.

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