The Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium March 30, 2002
"Observing  Severe Weather on the Plains"
FREE to the Public

Symposium Program  (Schedule of Events)
Symposium Poster
Symposium Proclamation

KLKN  Channel 8 TV, ABC Live Broadcast
Friday Evening Banquet with CPSWS Speakers
Balloon Launch
Featured Speakers in the Auditorium
TV Weathercasters Meet the Public
Featured Speakers Meet the Public
Weather Related Exhibits Photo Set 1
Weather Related Exhibits Photo Set 2

SATURDAY, March 30, 2002.
8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Nebraska Center for Continuing Education Conference Center,
33rd & Holdrege Streets, Lincoln, NE.
June 13, 2001, Seward, Nebraska Tornado as photographed by
Jeff Piotrowski STORM PRODUCTIONS, INC., Keynote speaker at CPSWS 2002.
Emmy Award winning Jeff Piotrowski has captured stunning video and still images of weather for over 25 years. Jeff's storm chasing has received national and international attention from CNN, Pioneer Productions, Discovery Channel, TLC, Weather Channel, National Geographic, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox News Networks. Notable images of weather events photographed by Jeff and his wife, Kathryn, are published worldwide. 

Nebraska, the focus of Jeff's most intense storm chases of this decade. The most memorable being the Brady-Maxwell F3 tornado (May 17, 2000), Seward F4 tornado (June 13, 2001), and the near life threatening chase of the Edgar F3 tornado (Sept. 22, 2001).  Jeff's weather pursuits do not end with storm chasing. His professional work focuses on sales & marketing with Baron Services Inc. offering state of the art storm tracking and Doppler radar systems to national television stations.

Jim Reed, professional weather photographer (,
Keynote Speaker at CPSWS2002.
Jim Reed specializes in still images of severe and unusual weather.  Described by PHOTO Techniques magazine as "... one of America's most accomplished extreme weather photographers," Jim has photographed blizzards, droughts, ice storms, lightning, floods and tornadoes.  He has been in the eye of four major hurricanes.  His credits include The New York Times, NOAA, U.S. News & World Report, The Weather Channel, Weather for Dummies and the World Meteorological Organization.  A professional storm chaser, Jim's assignments have  included cover stories for Popular Science, Scientific American, and Weatherwise magazines.

David Stillings, also know as "The Lightning Stalker".  David is the undisputed champion of lightning photography and will show many of his most spectacular images at our severe weather symposium.  His presentations are always educational as well as entertaining.

Featured Events:
Amateur Balloon Launch, Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio .
Mark Conner, featured speaker, and a photograph of a balloon launch at the last CPSWS
One of the most popular events at the last CPSWS was the balloon launch at the conference center (it even made the front page of the Lincoln paper the next day!).  We will once again have a balloon launch, track it by computers inside the conference center. 

Mark Conner, who will direct the balloon launch, will also show some video taken from previous balloon trajectories over the midwest.

The following local area broadcast meteorologists will be there for you to meet:
Ken Siemek, 
Channel 10/11, Lincoln
Brad Anderson, 
Channel 10/11, Lincoln
Tyson Pearsall, 
Channel 10/11, Lincoln
Kevin Coskren, Channel 8, Lincoln
Sander Ludeman, Channel 8, Lincoln
Dean Wysocki, Channel 42, Omaha 
Mark Lee, Channel 3, Omaha
Photo from the last CPSWS.
Mark Lee of KMTV and his storm chase 
van at the last CPSWS
Your local area broadcast meteorologists will be on hand to meet you and answer your questions about severe weather in our area.  Mark Lee will also once again bring his storm chase van to the weather symposium this year.
Air Force ROTC (UNL)
American Red Cross, Lincoln/Lancaster County
Barnes and Noble Bookstores, "Weather for Dummies"
Gage County REACT
Heartland REACT
High Plains Regional Climate Center
KMTV Storm Chase Van
Lincoln Amateur Radio
Lancaster County Mobile Command Center
Lancaster County Office of Emergency Management
Lightning Stalker Photo Images
National Drought Mitigation Office
National Weather Service
Nebraska Weather and Climate Information Center
Professor Weather
Radio Shack
Skywarn Amateur Radio Association
Storm Productions
Time Warner Cable
University of Nebraska Meteorology Program
University of Nebraska Student Meteorology Club
Weather Explorer Post (only one in the country!).

High Plains Regional Climate Center
National Weather Service, Omaha/Valley Nebraska
University of Nebraska Student AMS Chapter

This is the severe weather kickoff event preceding the
Nebraska State-Wide Severe Weather Awareness week of April 1-5, 2002.

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