Speakers

Reed Timmer

Extreme Meteorologist and Storm Chaser

  

Reed Timmer is one of the most famous storm chasers in the world! Reed has documented over 1,000 tornadoes and dozens of hurricanes in two decades of storm chasing, including extreme weather events Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the super tornado outbreak in Dixie Alley in April of 2011. He published an autobiography and educational book Into the Storm in 2010. Reed is most well-known for being featured on four seasons of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers from 2008-2011. During the 2012 and 2013 storm chasing seasons, Reed and a team of veteran storm chasers filmed and produced a documentary series called Tornado Chasers which premiered on TVNweather.com. Following the years filming his storm chasing adventures for television, Reed returned to the University of Oklahoma and earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology in 2015. Since then, he storm chased for AccuWeather from November 2016 to October 2019 covering extreme weather events across the country and beyond. Currently, Reed is focused on researching tornadoes by launching data-streaming rockets into them to record meteorological data. He hopes that this data brings scientists a more detailed picture of the complex dynamics of tornadoes.

 Brian Wilkes​

Chief Meteorologist FOX59 WXIN Indianapolis

  

Brian Wilkes has been the chief meteorologist for FOX59 since July 1995. He is a graduate of Columbia College with a bachelor of science degree in science communication. He completed a two-and-a-half year internship at WGN-9 (Chicago) under Meteorologist Tom Skilling. Brian's fascination with weather started early in fourth grade. Growing up on the far south side of Chicago, the blizzard of 1979 kept him out of school for two weeks! This sparked his excitement for weather, which continues to this day. Brian is a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. In August of 1996, he received his Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

Sam Lashley

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Indy

Sam Lashley was born and raised in Crawfordsville, Indiana and attended Purdue University (Boiler Up!). He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences and began his career with the National Weather Service (NWS) in 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sam moved back to Indiana in 1995 and has worked at both the NWS Indianapolis and Northern Indiana offices since that time. Sam accepted his dream job as the NWS Indianapolis Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) in September 2019. Having lived, worked and chased storms in the Midwest most of his life, Sam understands the complex and variable weather patterns that impact this region. His most memorable storm chase was during the Henryville, IN tornado in 2012 where he and his daughter, along with a NWS co-worker, intercepted the devastating EF-4 tornado before it hit Henryville. Sam is a long-time member of the AMS, the National Weather Association, and the National Weather Service Golf Association.   

Dr. Victor Gensini

Assistant Professor, Researcher, Storm Chaser

Dr. Victor Gensini is an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences. He received his Bachelor and Masters in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University as well, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM). Victor is also a HAM radio operator. Victor’s research umbrella covers extreme weather and climate, with specific interests focused on: severe convective storms, synoptic/mesoscale meteorology, applied climatology, GIS techniques, geoscience data visualization, weather forecasting and climate change. 

Meghan Klee

Manager of Meteorology, American Electric Power

Meghan Klee was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Like most meteorologists, her passion for weather began early in life. Meghan decided to pursue that passion and graduated from Purdue University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Sciences. While an undergrad, she and some classmates conducted research on how wind farms affect local weather conditions and were able to present their research at the 2011 AMS conference in Seattle, WA. This research was also selected to be published in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) in 2011. Meghan’s professional career began in October 2011 when she accepted a job as an Associate Meteorologist at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, TX. In 2013, SWA’s meteorology group won the Heroes of the Heart Award and even had their own specialized 737 jet! In 2014, Meghan decided to broaden her experience and take a position as a Meteorologist at American Electric Power in Columbus, OH. In 2018, Meghan was promoted to Manager of Meteorology of a small group of meteorologists. In her spare time she enjoys dodging Ohio State Buckeye fans (just kidding, she married a Buckeye), cheering on the Colts and Boilermakers, cuddling her dog “Freckles”, and nerding out over weather.

Todd Holsten

Senior Forecaster, NWS Northern Indiana

Todd was born in Hastings, Nebraska and spent most of his childhood growing up in various towns across Nebraska. His weather interest was shaped early on while living in Grand Island, from a terrifying gorilla hailstorm in 1974, the captivating blizzard in 1978, and punctuated by the catastrophic June 3rd, 1980 tornadoes. Naturally, as a true cornhusker, he went on to follow his budding passion and interest in the weather at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where he graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology and Climatology in 1993. Todd began his National Weather Service career with a short stint at the soon-to-close Lincoln, Nebraska WSO followed by a transfer to NWS Davenport Iowa- a new, modernized WFO. This was followed by promotion to the latest and greatest NWS office at the time in Northern Indiana in 1997. Since then, he’s sunk roots into this beautiful part of the country and raised a family, all while chasing his weather passions, operational forecasting and storm chasing.

Adam Lucio

Veteran Storm Chaser

Adam Lucio is a storm chaser from Chicago, Illinois who has crisscrossed the nation for over a decade tracking everything from tornadoes to hurricanes to blizzards. He has documented nearly 200 tornadoes in his chasing career. His work has been featured around the world in numerous documentaries. Adam also stars in the web series 'Season of the Storm', a hit docu-series that brings the real life of storm chasing to you!

Simon Brewer

Meteorologist and Extreme Weather Journalist

More information coming soon!

Moderator:

Jay Farlow, 30-Year Spotter & HAM Operator 

 

Panelists:

Sam Lashley, WCM at NWS Indianapolis

Meghan Klee, Meteorology Manager at AEP

Adam Lucio, Veteran Storm Chaser

Liz Szewczyk, Meteorologist WPTA Fort Wayne

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