Department of Earth Sciences
Research, Activities, and News
Students Visit NCEP
Making their annual trip to the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in Maryland as part of Dr. Richard Clark's Statistical Meteorology course, these 29 meteorology majors attend a presentation by Dr. Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service, and key personnel from the Weather Prediction Center, Climate Prediction Center, and NESDIS, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. It is also an opportunity for our students to meet MU alumni that work at this facility as professional meteorologist. In fact, the number of MU alumni working at the Center and taking time to stop by a visit the students is often so large that it takes on the feel of homecoming.
MUWIC–PennDOT Winter Forecasting MOU Extended through Winter 2016-2017
For the eighth winter season, the MU Weather Information Center (MUWIC) is providing PennDOT with targeted winter storm forecasts for an eight-county region in the lower Susquehanna Valley. PennDOT recently renewed the MOU through the winter of 2016-17. WIC director, Eric Horst, is the lead forecaster of this project, although four junior and senior meteorology majors also serve as paid storm analysts. Funding from this PennDOT project has financed numerous Weather Center upgrades, including the electronic map wall and Weather Watch production equipment.
Students Visit Space Weather Prediction Center
The entire class of ESCI 440, Space Weather and Environment, poses with Dr William Murtagh, Director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, CO during their attendance at the Space Weather Workshop in April. Dr Murtagh supports student participation at the workshop by offsetting the costs of lodging and subsistence. The Dean of the School of Science and Mathematics and the Department of Earth Sciences helps to defray the cost of air travel. The workshop brings together all the partners and stakeholders that comprise the space weather and heliophysics enterprise to discuss the science, operations and prediction, observational systems, modeling efforts, and educational opportunities.
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Department of Earth Science
Millersville, PA 17551-0302