I am a Meteorologist with over 30 years experience. Until the end of 2008, for almost 20 years, I was formerly with WSYR TV Syracuse specializing in lake effect snowstorms and atmospheric patterns which produce them. Prior to that I worked in Raleigh, North Carolina, Oklahoma City and in Rochester, New York where I started my television career.
In the early 2000s, while still in television, I began teaching and since then I have held adjunct positions at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College where I have taught Introductory Meteorology, Forecasting and Broadcast Meteorology. Near the end of 2008, my interest in teaching, climate change and mesoscale atmospheric modeling and the need for more time with family moved me into a new career path. I went back to school, got an undergraduate degree in environmental science (2009). I then completed a master's degree in environmental science at SUNY ESF in June 2011 and am now working toward my PhD at ESF in the same area of study. My research is in modeling severe lake effect snow storms and their atmospheric thermal signatures during their peak intensity. Hopefully there will be broad applications to this work in climate change science, hydrology, and meteorology.
As a TV Meteorologist, I have won awards for severe weather coverage of the superstorm of March 1993, Hurricane Gloria, and for educating the public in the science of Meteorology. My largest two projects in television were bringing Doppler radar to Central New York, and managing the running of mesoscale atmospheric models for distribution of model output to other television stations within our company throughout New York State.
Since January 2006, I have given presentations on climate change science to thousands of Central New Yorkers.
The meteorology course I now teach at SUNY ESF goes a little beyond the the fundamentals of meteorology. The course culminates with the application of basic meteorological principals to better understand the interconnection of global weather patterns across both latitude and longitude. We investigate climate change science through a meteorological perspective; pretty cool stuff!