Weather experts are gathering next week on the SUNY Plattsburgh State Campus and SUNY campuses across New York for a video conference on how to better prepare for and deal with the aftermath of severe weather. Severe flooding on Lake Champlain in the spring of 2011 and Tropical Storm Irene’s impact on the Adirondacks later that summer are two of the most recent major weather events in the North Country. Weather experts are predicting we will see more. New York is building a 23-million dollar weather detection system across the state that’ll add more than a hundred monitors to better collect weather data that can be used in weather emergencies and to better forecast severe weather. Robert Bullock with the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, Dr. Chris Thorncroft, who is the Chair of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Albany, and Keith Tyo, who is the Executive Assistant to SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling, join us for a discussion on why the severe weather forum is being held, who’s participating, and why it’s important for the region to be better prepared to deal with severe weather. To pre-register to attend the Severe Weather Forum April 23, 2015 @ SUNY Plattsburgh’s Angell Center from 9:30am - 11:30am visit SUNY Plattsburgh’s Emergency Management website here: www.plattsburgh.edu/emergency
A local session focused on the Plattsburgh region will follow the statewide video conference. Panelists include Eric Day, director of Clinton County Office of Emergency Services, Scott Whittier, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Burlington, and Tom Messner and John Hickey, meteorologists with WPTZ in Plattsburgh. The event will be held in the Cardinal Lounge of the Angell College Center on campus. It is free and open to the public, with a particular benefit for first responders, government officials and academic leaders. For questions and to learn more about the SUNY Plattsburgh event, contact Mike Caraballo at 518-564-4950.