Tom Skilling opening remarks from the 33rd Annual Tornado and Severe Weather Seminar at the Fermilab National Accelerator complex in Batavia.
Many, many thanks to each of our speakers for agreeing to join us. Many thanks to Bill Flaherty, Reidar Hahn and Jim Schultz and their colleagues from the Fermilab Media Service’s team for making that incredible facility and their audio-visual talents available to us again.
That we have my friend and our newly named National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellin, joining us again this year is an absolute thrill–and to talk about one of the truly extraordinary meteorological events of the past year, Superstorm Sandy no less!! The same is true of Dr. Russell Schneider, Storm Prediction Center Director coming all the way from Norman, OK and Nobel-prize winning climate researcher Dr. Don Wuebbles, joining us for the first time this year and putting climate change where it belongs–on our agenda—and coming up from the University of Illinois-Champaign to help us do so. And what can I say about again having the privilege of teaming up once again this year as in so many over the decades, with Ed Fenelon and Jim Allsopp of the Chicago NWS Forecast Office and my friend and program co-founder Brian Smith who’s traveling in from the NWS-Omaha office.