Hi, I'm Ken Dewey, and I'm a professor of climatology in the School of Natural Resources.
My main research and outreach interests are in severe storm climatology, climate variations, snow and ice studies, and drought impacts. My primary outreach activity is to bring information on severe weather and related safety tips to the public, in order to help them survive the storms. I do a large amount of this through information posted on various web sites and through the Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium. It's a free public event that draws up to 3,000 people to hear storm experts and see many weather-related presentations and displays. I also do numerous interviews with the media and make public presentations across the state.
I maintain and produce the content for the Lincoln Weather and Climate web site. This is a location that offers timely regional weather information, so the public can keep up-to-date on droughts, major weather events and trends, etc. and make better decisions related to weather and climate. Storm reports and numerous weather-related photo galleries are some of its most popular products. I produce content for various web sites that receive more than 12 million visits per year.
I am also monitoring the on going drought in Nebraska and the western United States, delivering the latest information on the magnitude and trend of the current drought. This drought is severely affecting the agricultural community and water resources across much of the western part of the country.