Past Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers at the CPSWS:

CPSWS 2015:
Robert Henson, "Where Weather and Climate Intersect"
Video Recording of the talk: https://youtu.be/Hz9jJQDrnPc

Nebraska Emergency Management, "How the State of Nebraska Responded to the Pilger, NE, Tornado Disaster"
Video Recording of the talk: https://youtu.be/MNA5SoS0Ybg

Cathy Zapotocny, The Weather of 2014 in Eastern Nebraska"
Video Recording of the talk: https://youtu.be/cH4dJ38Dliw

Brian Smith, "Storm Spotter Training Workshop"
Video Recording of the talk:
https://youtu.be/QK4eY-aN7Ro

Lincoln Amateur Radio Club, "Storm Spotter Procedures"
Video Recording of the talk: https://youtu.be/CXEPJQGlZAY


CPSWS 2014:
Robert Henson, "The Record-Breaking Colorado Floods of September 2013"
Jeremy Bower, “Separating Fact From Myth: Weather Safety Revisited”
Ariel Cohen, "The Moore and El Reno Oklahoma Disasters"
Barb Mayes, "A Look Back at The Severe Weather of 2013, and, Looking ahead to 2014"
Barb Mayes, NWS Omaha/Valley, "Storm Spotter training 2014"

CPSWS 2013:
H. Michael Mogil,  "Extreme Weather on an Extremely Small Scale"
Mike Tobias
, “Devil Clouds: Nebraska’s 1913 Easter Sunday Tornadoes”
Jeremy Bower
,  "From Storms to Sunsets: The Science and Art of My Photography"
Mark Conner,  "Stratospheric Amateur Radio Balloon Launchings at CPSWS 2000-2012"
Barb Mayes Boustead, "Storm Spotter Training 2013"
Reynolds Davis, “What You Need to Know to Be a Storm Spotter in Lancaster County”

CPSWS 2012:
Jenna Blum, "The Accidental Chaser: How a Writer and Weather Weenie Became A Storm chaser, Almost By Accident"
Kenneth Harding, National Weather Service, "Tuscaloosa to Joplin: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward"
Chris Novy, "Hear Me Now, Believe Me Later: Severe Weather Safety"
Barb Mayes Boustead, "A Look Back at The Severe Weather of 2011, and, Looking ahead to 2012"
Brian Smith, "Situational Awareness Will Save Your Life During Severe Weather"
Reynolds Davis, “What You Need to Know to Be a Storm Spotter in Lancaster County”

CPSWS 2011:
Ryan McGinnis, "VORTEX 2 Severe Weather Photos"

Jim Reed, "The Future of Weather Photography"
Tim Marshall, "Inside VORTEX2"

Adam Houston, "The Use of An Unmanned Aircraft System in VORTEX2"
Barb Mayes, "Nebraska Severe Weather 2010, and Looking Ahead to 2011 "

Brian Smith, "What Not to Do During Severe Weather"
Reynolds Davis, "How to Become an Official Storm Spotter"

CPSWS 2010:
Scott Blair,
“Tornadoes Impacting Interstates: Service and Societal Considerations... stay in your car or head to the ditch?"
Greg Carbin, "Top Ten Weather Events of the Past Ten Years"
Jack Williams "The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather"
Vince Miller, "Photographing the Weather and Scenery of the Great Plains"
Barb Mayes, "Nebraska Severe Weather, 2009 and Looking Ahead to 2010"
Brian Smith:“2010: The Year Spotters Make Contact"

CPSWS 2009:
Joe Schaefer, Director Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK.
Mike Umscheid, "Under the Meso", Dodge City, KS.
Adam Houston, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Geosciences.
Randy Cerveny, Arizona State University, author, "Freaks of the Weather, The Strangest True Weather Stories".
Barb Mayes, National Weather Service, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska

Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/Valley, Nebraska.

CPSWS 2008:
Jon Davies, storm chaser and author of "Storm Chasers, On the Trail of Twisters".
Mike Mogil of "How the Weatherworks" & author of "Extreme Weather".
Mike Umscheid, NWS, Dodge City, KS.
Joe Schaefer, Director Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK.
Chris Novy WX CHASE, Oklahoma City, OK.
Brian
Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska

CPSWS 2007:
Bob Henson, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, author "Rough Guide to Climate Change".
Paul Kocin, The Weather Channel, author "Northeastern Snowstorms".

Roger Edwards, Storm Prediction Center, Norman, OK.
Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.


CPSWS 2006:
Ron Holle, Meteorologist, consultant to Vaisala Inc.
Mike Utley, "struckbylightning.org.
Carl Parker, on-air meteorologist at the Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA.
Nolan Doesken, Colorado Climate Office.
Mike Peregrine, Stormseason.com.
Denise Bulling, UNL Public Policy Center.
Kevin Coskren, KLKN Channel 8, Lincoln.
Chris Novy WX CHASE, , Oklahoma City, OK.
Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.

CPSWS 2006:
"Keeping You Safe" , Kevin Coskren and Liz Dorland, weathercasters, KLKN TV, Lincoln, NE
"Helping you Weather the Storms", Carl Parker, on-air meteorologist at
the Weather Channel.
"Lightning Kills, Play it Safe", Ron Holle, Meteorologist, consultant to Vaisala Inc., Tucson, Arizona.
"Lightning Myths and Lightning Facts", Mike Utley, "struckbylightning.org".
"What do Flash Floods, Drought, Snow and Hail Storms have in common?? -- YOU", Nolan Doesken, CO Climate Office.
"Storms of 2005", Mike Peregrine, Stormseason.com
"The Enhanced Fujita Scale", Brian Smith Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS, Valley, Omaha.

Spotter Training, Disaster Worker Stress Issues Denise Bulling, UNL Public Policy Center
"Storm Spotter Training Part I ". Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.
"Storm Spotter Training Part II - Multimedia Presentations". Chris Novy
"Lancaster County Storm Spotter Procedures", Reynolds Davis, Lincoln Amateur Radio Club

CPSWS 2005:
Mark Lee, Weather Bug, Washington, D.C.
Bill Randby, KETV, Channel 7, Omaha
.
CT Thongklin, KMTV Channel 3, Omaha.
Sarah Walters, KMTV, Channel 3, Omaha.
Phil Browder, KLKN Channel 8, Lincoln.
Kevin Coskren, KLKN Channel 8, Lincoln.
Denise Bulling, UNL Public Policy Center.
Tim Samaras, Applied Research Associates, Denver, Colorado.
"The Twister Sisters", Peggy Willenberg and Melanie Metz, St. Cloud University.
Mark Svenvold, author of the book "Big Weather", Fordham University.

Christy Carlson of "evorticity.com"
Brian Smith, National Weather Service, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.


CPSWS 2004:
Rick McCoy, Emergency Manager, Van Wert, Ohio.
Jeff Piotrowski, Twisterchasers.com.
Mark Conner, Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio.
Kevin Coskren, KLKN, ABC TV.
Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.


CPSWS 2002:
Jim Reed Photography, www.jimreedphoto.com .
Jeff Piotrowski, Twisterchasers.com.
David Stillings, "The Lightning Stalker".
Kevin Coskren, KLKN, ABC TV.
Mark Conner, Nebraska Stratospheric Amateur Radio


CPSWS 2000:
Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dr. Chuck Doswell, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK.
Tim Marshall, Storm Track Magazine and Haag Engineering, Dallas, TX.
Jeff Morrow, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA.
Cathy Zapotocny, Omaha/Valley National Weather Service.
Brian Smith, National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.


CPSWS 1999:
Alan Moller, National Weather Service, Ft. Worth, TX.
Steve Byrd, National Weather Service, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.
Ken Dewey, Department of Geosciences, UNL.
KMTV Channel 3 Meteorologists Craig Koplien and Mark Lee
Paul Mc Crone, Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB
Herb Stein, Doppler on Wheels.
Brian Smith, National Weather Service, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Omaha/ Valley, Nebraska.

CPSWS AND Weatherfest Locations:
2015: (April 11) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2014: (April 5) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2013: (April 6) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2012: (March 31) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2011: (April 9) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2010: (March 27) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2009: (April 4) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2008: (March 28) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2007: (March 24) at Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2006: (April 1) at Southwest High School, Lincoln, NE
2005: (March 19) at East High School, Lincoln, NE 
2004: (March 20) at North Star High School, Lincoln, NE
2002:(March 30) in Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2000: (October 7) in Hardin Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
1999: (August 28) at the Peter Kiewit Conference Center, Omaha, NE

Partnerships:

The huge success of the CPSWS is the result of forming some strong partnerships within the University, as well as in the community. The National Weather Service, Omaha-Valley, Nebraska was associated with the initial CPSWS event in 1999 and continues to be associated with this annual event as a valuable partner helping us promote severe weather safety education. The High Plains Regional Climate Center, National Drought Mitigation Center and the School of Natural Resources at UNL have played an important role in supporting the annual CPSWS and Family Weatherfest. The Lancaster County Office of Emergency Management and the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club are valuable partners who have helped organize the annual Storm Spotter Training Workshops since March 2004. The CPSWS has also been able to create a partnership with the Omaha and Lincoln television broadcast meteorologists from all of the network broadcast stations on an annual basis with our "Meet the Weathercasters" event within the Weatherfest. The CPSWS recognizes the important media's partnership in disseminating severe weather information and severe weather safety education to the public.