Weatherboy Sends Meteorology Students to Hurricane Conference Through “Trip to the Tropics” Promotion

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The Trip to the Tropics competition runs from February 1 to March 15, 2022. Image: NTWC

Continuing its commitment to making science fun and supporting future generations of the weather community, the “Weatherboy” brand and the Weatherboy.com website have partnered with the Storm Science Network to sponsor a “Journey to the Tropics” promotion that will reward three meteorologists. students with an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Tropical Weather Conference held in Texas April 6-9.

The multi-day National Tropical Weather Conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, providing a unique opportunity to learn from top experts in tropical weather. The event brings together meteorologists from the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service, television stations nationwide, weather-related social media stars and other professionals involved in pre-preparedness communication and post-storm response tropics or hurricanes.

The setting for the 2022 conference is along the beach of South Padre Island, Texas, the site of several hurricanes, including Beulah and Dolly.

Among the attendees expected to be at this year’s event are National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham, Lt. Col. Ryan Rickert, a 53rd Air Force Reserve Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunter, Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, Josh Morgerman who appears as himself in the TV series “Hurricane Man”, and many more.

A highlight of the annual conference is the unveiling of the Colorado State University Tropical Weather Project’s forecast for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. Known as the gold standard of seasonal outlook, the CSU report will be unveiled at a special press conference as part of the larger event in Texas.

In addition to being a sponsor of the National Tropical Weather Conference for the first time this year, Weatherboy renewed its support for the Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Weather Project, which it has done annually since 2018.

At this year’s conference, CSU research scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach will present the forecast for 2022. “We’ve been publishing our April forecast from the National Tropical Weather Conference for several years now,” said Dr. Klotzbach. “This conference is an excellent place to present our forecasts, as many broadcast meteorologists are present. It’s a great way to discuss our initial outlook for the hurricane season and get feedback from meteorologists on the forecast. There are many excellent speakers at the conference discussing the latest improvements and forecasts, research and public outreach/awareness. The conference also does a great job of promoting camaraderie within the broadcast weather community. Dr. Klotzbach, who earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from CSU in 2007, has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences since 2000, and was a co-author of the Atlantic Basin Hurricane Forecasts with Dr. William Gray until 2005. He became the first author of the seasonal forecasts of hurricanes in 2006. Klotzbach expanded on the two-week forecasts currently issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August and October. He has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting. And like other conference professionals, they are available for formal interviews or informal discussions.

Alex Garcia, a well-known television meteorologist with KABB-TV of San Antonio, is one of the founders of the National Tropical Weather Conference. “The idea for the National Tropical Weather Conference came about when the Bahamas Weather Conference ended,” Garcia said. “There has been no organized effort to educate and update broadcast meteorologists on the upcoming hurricane season. I saw the need and, along with my partner, Tim Smith, decided to develop a new conference that would bring together the best hurricane forecasters, social scientists, insurance professionals, resilience experts and others to meet the needs of meteorologists and businesses.We started nine years ago with just ten meteorologists.We have grown by approximately 800% as the conference’s excellent reviews have grown.” Tim Smith adds, “The National Tropical Weather Conference has become the one conference meteorologists from hurricane-affected communities shouldn’t miss. It’s all the content they need in one convenient, affordable and fun package.Smith is also no stranger to the world of broadcast weather; KRGV-TV’s chief meteorologist in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, an area that’s no stranger to tropical cyclone threats.

Weatherboy is a Mount Laurel, NJ brand, based at isarithm LLC. The company uses its team of meteorologists deployed across the country to forecast and report on weather, earth science news and related environmental topics for its websites, social networks and media partners that rely on their stories and visuals. Isarithm continues to add full-time meteorologists to its growing team this year, with plans to be not only the largest private weather forecasting and reporting service in the Northeastern United States, but also the best in the region.

The Weatherboy-sponsored promotion with the National Tropical Weather Conference begins February 1, 2022 and ends March 15, 2022. Three random undergraduate or graduate students pursuing meteorological studies will be chosen to attend the event in Texas. In addition to getting a free pass, paid round-trip airfare and hotel stay, and meals included in the event, lucky winners will also have the option of having a private session. with expert meteorologists at the event to discuss hurricanes, career advice, or more. To learn more about the whole conference or the student promotion, people can visit http://hurricanecenterlive.com/.

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