Gary Cannalte – Dark Skies Severe Weather Seminar Master of Ceremonies
- Chief Meteorologist from August, 1999 to present. Morning meteorologist from September, 1990 to August, 1999. On-air television Meteorologist for 5, 6, 9, and 10 PM newscasts.
- Provide live and recorded weekday morning and afternoon weather forecasts for radio stations WMGN, WWQM, and WTDY in Madison, WI, WCLO and WJVL in Janesville, WI, WGLR-AM/FM in Lancaster, WI and WPVL-AM/FM in Platteville, WI.
- Provide daily forecast updates and weather content for Channel 3000 web site (www.channel3000.com).
- Present weather educational talks for schools and severe weather seminars for businesses and the general public.
Bill Eberle, Personal Lines Product Research Senior Specialist, American Family Insurance
- New home construction. Homeowner’s insurance policy, getting your home fixed/replaced after a disaster.
Gabriel A. Garriga, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security/FEMA RV
- National Preparedness Division FEMA Region V
Rusty Kapela – Scary Looking Clouds
- Retired National Weather Service Meteorologist.
- 40 years in the weather business — over 36 at the National Weather Service.
- Before joining the National Weather Service in 1977, he lived and worked in Antarctica for three months — the geographic South Pole, where he arrived to find the temperature at minus 50.
John McLellan, Dane County Emergency Management – Preparedness
His career has been associated with emergency response (from the fire hose to writing standard operating procedures to strategic and long range planning for emergency and municipal agencies), specializing in the development and testing of organizational policy and procedures. Current career with Dane County’s Department of Emergency Management allows the opportunity to interact with a diverse and ever expanding group of government, non-profit, and for-profit professionals. This is the most attractive part of the job. The outcome from our interaction can come in many forms: from a one-time conversation to develop a general understanding of what “preparedness” is for an organization to the multi-year development of emergency procedures including evaluation and improvement mapping to ongoing participation on select emergency preparedness / organizational response committees.
Dr. Leigh Orf – Observing and Modeling Supercell Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
- Associate Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Systems (CIMSS).
- His research focuses on severe weather, including supercell thunderstorms, tornadoes, & downburst
- He is especially interested in obtaining new insight into the atmosphere by efficiently utilizing high-performance computing (HPC) resources, such as the Blue Waters supercomputer.
- His past presentations have included the International Computing for the Atmospheric Sciences Symposium, Sept. 15, 2015, Annecy, France – Valparaiso University 13th Annual Great Lakes Meteorology Conference & the 19th annual Severe Storms & Doppler Radar Conference.
Tim Halbach – National Weather Service – Details of the 2017 Madison – Sun Prairie Tornado
- Warning Coordination Meteorologist at National Weather Service-Milwaukee
Tom Purdy – Weather Photographer, Storm Chaser
- He has been published locally, nationally and internationally and has been featured on ABC News, Good Morning America and the Weather Channel.
Lt Col Jeffrey Thomas – Commander, Southwest Group, Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol
Tim Schmit, Advanced Satellite Products Branch NOAA NESDIS Center of Satellite Applications and Research, Madison, WI
Tim has been recognized as an international expert in the field of geostationary remote sensing. Tim’s experience with satellite data and processing covers a number of areas, including calibration, simulations and algorithms for processing satellite data into meteorological/environmental information and has a lead role in some of the science applications for the GOES-R series. Tim has extensive experience with data and deriving products from the current GOES imager and sounder data. Tim’s interest on GOES-R is truly end-to-end, from the instruments, downlink, calibration, re-broadcast, distribution, archive/access, visualization, product generation, validations, outreach and applications.