American Geophysical Union experts available to comment on severe winter weather

26 February 2018

The aftermath of a January 2016 blizzard in Fairfax, Virginia.
Credit: Jarek Tuszyński (Own work), CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

WASHINGTON, DC — Winter storms and severe winter weather can bring dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain. These events can knock out a region’s heat, power, transportation and communication infrastructure, sometimes for days at a time.

Several American Geophysical Union scientists are available to comment on the science behind winter storms and severe winter weather, including storm forecasting, potential impacts and new weather observing technologies.

Laura Albert is a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her expertise is in emergency medical response to 911 calls and in managing emergencies during severe weather events. She studies emergency response protocols during extreme weather conditions, such as blizzards and winter storms, and how these situations differ from emergencies during “normal” weather conditions.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (608) 262-0574 (office)

Jeffrey Deems is a research scientist at the CIRES National Snow and Ice Data Center and the NOAA Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder. He studies seasonal mountain snowpack accumulation and melt processes using a combination of field measurements, remote sensing and model simulations. His work directly informs management of avalanche hazards for ski areas and transportation corridors and of water resources in snowmelt-dominated regions.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (303) 492.4743
Note: Jeffrey Deems will be unavailable March 16-19, March 25-April 1, and April 11-14.

Jordan Gerth is an associate researcher with NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center in Madison. His expertise is in applications for weather satellite imagery. He is actively involved with training National Weather Service meteorologists on the next-generation of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites and helping install and maintain satellite-tracking antennas in and around the Pacific Ocean that collect data to improve computer forecasts of severe weather.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (608) 263-4942

Nezette Rydell is the Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Boulder, Colorado. Her office provides weather forecasts, warnings and information for North Central and Northeastern Colorado and serves as the state liaison for the National Weather Service.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (303) 494-3210 x 642


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