Each year I have an opportunity to speak about the work that I do in studying the impacts of hurricanes via various seminars, conferences and symposiums. It allows me to showcase the technology that has been developed to get closer to the dangerous impacts of hurricanes than ever before – all without putting myself or my colleagues in harm’s way. The results of our efforts are always compelling to see on a big screen, emanating from a high-tech projector, almost like a movie premier.
While I enjoy the privilege of speaking and presenting my work, I also relish the opportunities to learn from others. Whether it be about the future of hurricane forecasting or the latest updates from a private sector vendor (think Radarscope) or the stunning first-hand accounts of dealing with typhoons and hurricanes from the likes of Josh Morgerman, these events fuel my inner weather geek like nothing else can (except being in the eye of a hurricane of course).
Before the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season kicks in to high gear, there is one more opportunity coming up – not just for me, but for you as well.
StormGeo, a global weather decision-making, forecasting and analytics company (among other things), is hosting a seminar in fabulous Houston, Texas on July 20. The venue is none other than the brand new Marriott Marquis right in the middle of downtown Houston.
Check out the list of who will be presenting:
- Sean Sublette from Climate Central (@SeanSublette), “Climate Change Discussion”
- Mark Sudduth (@HurricaneTrack), “State-of-the-art hurricane data acquisition, recording and live-streaming from inside the hurricane”
- Dr. Neil Frank, “Climate Change Discussion”
- Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone), “First-hand view of the consequences of a failure to prepare”
- Hurricane Response and Business Preparedness Panel discussion with execs from:
- Whataburger, Belarmino Castellanos, @Whataburger
- Texas Children’s Hospital, James Mitchell, @TexasChildrens
- USAA, Rob Galbraith, @robgalb, @USAA
- StormReady Certification with the NWS’ Dan Reilly, #StormReady, #WeatherReadyNation
- Advanced Analytics merges with decades of global weather data to form the next generation of weather forecasting, DeepStorm
And the emcee of the event? None other than former Director of the National Hurricane Center, Bill Read. He is about as good as it gets for events like this and we all look forward to seeing and working with him once again.
But there’s more to it than just being in the audience. The setting provides a unique opportunity to those who attend to mingle with not only the speakers from the list above, but with other top-notch meteorologists who know hurricanes inside and out. Chris Hebert, who heads up StormGeo’s Tropics Watch will be discussing the future of the 2017 hurricane season. Got questions after the fact? Ask him. He, and the rest of us, will be around to chat it up with the group. It’s a rare chance to really get to know the people behind the stories whether it be someone from the National Weather Service, a legend like Neil Frank, or how about someone who has been in the strongest hurricane EVER? You’ve seen Josh on TV, now meet him in person – see if he is made of steel or is in fact a real, living person (ha ha). Seriously, seminars like this afford the attendees a rare chance to really get to know the presenters like few events can.
As for me? I will be presenting a history of the technology that we use to capture not only the close-up video of even the most dangerous of storm surge events but also the all-important wind and pressure data that helps to fill in holes during landfalls where data is so badly needed. Plus, I will talk about the exciting potential behind our HURRB weather balloon project and what our chances are to finally launch in the eye of a hurricane this season. I also look forward to just sitting back and listening to the other presentations, a chance to learn more than I knew before I walked in.
So, if you’re in the Houston area or can travel there for this event, I encourage you to do so. The city is amazing, I have spent a lot of time there doing R&D work on many of our newest projects. The venue is outstanding, we’re talking about a lazy river on the roof of the place that’s shaped like Texas itself! You gotta be there – even if it’s just for that 😉
How can you be a part of it? Check out StormGeo Hurricane Seminar
Use my special promo code: HurrSem17MARK and save 20% but you have to register before the end of June to take advantage of this discount.
If you can’t make it, no worries, follow #HurricaneSeminar and you’ll be able to keep up with what is going on via the awesome power of social media. Nothing beats live, so if you can attend, you won’t regret it and please, by all means come up and say hello, not just to me but to any of the folks who will make this seminar a memorable one, believe me, we love talking to YOU!
Any questions? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or the seminar folks themselves: email@example.com
Hope to see you in Houston next month!
M. Sudduth 11:20 AM ET June 27