About

The Millersville Meteorology program was born in the early 1970s, and the original weather station was located in Roddy Science Hall. For most of the next decade the facility was managed by Barry Walton, with the first forecasts being issued to the local media in 1980. Joining MU Meteorology in 1988, Eric Horst spearheaded efforts to grow the program's forecasting operations and community outreach. Rapid growth of MU Meteorology in the 1990s and the construction of the new Caputo Hall led to the launch of the current Weather Information Center (WIC) from the penthouse weather station atop Caputo Hall. In recent years, the WIC has become widely recognized as a top source of quality forecasts and expert analysis. Horst retired as the director of the WIC in 2020, and Kyle Elliott then joined MU Meteorology as the new WIC Director in 2021. Nearly 100 meteorology students currently participate in various forecasting activities, the foremost of which is the Campus Weather Service.

  • Principal Members

    Kyle A. Elliott - Director, Weather Information Center

    Kyle
    After graduating from Millersville University in 2014 with his BS in meteorology and Penn State University in 2016 with his MS in meteorology, Kyle worked at AccuWeather from 2016-2020 as an operational forecaster. He then joined Millersville Meteorology in fall 2021. His primary focus is on weather analysis, media meteorology and the development of Internet weather resources. An expert forecaster, he has been quoted in newspapers and magazines and has composed forecasts for TV and radio broadcasts. Email: kyle.elliott@millersville.edu
     


    Richard D. Clark - Professor of Meteorology

    Rich
    With a PhD from University of Wyoming, Rich is an expert in boundary layer meteorology and lower tropospheric dynamics. His current research focus is low-level ozone and particulate concentrations over the East Coast megalopolis. Email: richard.clark@millersville.edu


     Alex J. DeCaria - Assistant Professor of Meteorology

    Alex 

    A Veteran Navy Forecaster and graduate of University of Maryland, Dr. DeCaria specializes in atmospheric chemistry and numerical modeling. His particular interest is the effects of lightning and convection on atmospheric chemistry. Email: alex.decaria@millersville.edu


     Sepidah Yalda - Associate Professor of Meteorology

    Sepi

    Sepideh Yalda is a Professor of Meteorology and the Director of the Center for Disaster Research and Education. Her research interests are in the areas of climate dynamics and regional climate change. She earned her Ph.D. in Meteorology from Saint Louis University in 1997. Email: sepi.yalda@millersville.edu


     Todd Sikora - Assistant Professor of Meteorology

    Todd

    Prior to joining Millersville Meteorology, Dr. Sikora was an Associate Professor at the United States Naval Academy. He is our expert on marine meteorology, synthetic aperture radar, and air sea interaction. Todd earned his BS, MS, and PhD at Penn State University. Email: todd.sikora@millersville.edu


    David Fitzgerald - Meteorology Systems & Network Manager

    Dave

    A graduate of Millersville University and the University of Wyoming (M.S.), Dave oversees all aspects of our meteorological network. Email: david.fitzgerald@millersville.edu
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