2018 Minnesota Severe Storms Conference, Saturday, April 7, 2018, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus

Organized by

John Wetter, K0WDJ


Sponsored by


Gibson Ridge Software

Bad Weather Brewery



  Skip Talbot, Storm Chaser & Spftware Developer, Springfield, IL
Skip Talbot is a storm spotter and chaser who has been very involved in safety and helping communities impacted by tornadoes.  He is a member of the board of directors for Storm Assist , whose mission is to help communities impacted by severe weather in recovery efforts through financial contributions.  They release a yearly DVD with video contributions from storm spotters and chasers across the country.  Skip is also involved in the El Reno Survey Project, looking into the events surrounding the storm, and what can be learned from the storm that took talented tornado researchers from us far too soon.  Skip will be talking about spotter safety and what recent events have taught us.
  Jennifer Brindley, Storm Chaser & Photographer, Milwaukee, WI
Jennifer Brindley Ubl is a professional contemporary portrait photographer in Milwaukee, WI. She started her photography career shooting weddings, and shot 200 inside of ten years before transitioning to a full time portrait studio. Jennifer began chasing storms from her home state of Colorado in 2006 and photographed her first tornado a year later in Texas. She now spends each spring in the field documenting the skies with her storm chasing partner Skip Talbot. Together, they’ve participated in interesting projects including the IMAX film Extreme Weather as support crew for the armored TIV and Doghouse chase vehicles. They are currently working with atmospheric scientists Anton Seimon and John Allen on a multi-year tornado research project funded by grants from National Geographic.

Tom Hultquist, Science and Operations Officer, NWS Chanhassen, MN
Tom is a New England native, but has lived in the Great Lakes and Midwest since 1994. Tom received his B.S. in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in Vermont in 1992, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Land and Atmospheric Science at the University of Minnesota. He joined the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist Intern in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1994, and later became a forecaster in that office. He moved to Marquette, Michigan in 2001, where he took the position of Science and Operations Officer. Tom assumed the role of Science and Operations Officer in the Twin Cities in October 2007. Tom's current primary areas of professional interest include meso-scale dynamics, numerical weather prediction, and warm season convective forecasts and warnings.


Jacob Beitlich, Lead Forecaster, NWS Chanhassen, MN
Jacob has been a meteorologist at the NWS office in Chanhassen since the spring of 2012. Before joining the staff at Chanhassen, he was with the Des Moines, IA National Weather Service office. Originally from the rural La Crosse, WI area, he attended the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse where he earned his degree in Mathematics & Physics. He then attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he obtained his masters degree in atmospheric and oceanic sciences in 2009.

  Mike Griesinger, Lead Forecaster, NWS Chanhassen, MN
Mike is a native of southwest Michigan and took his life long interest in the weather off to Central Michigan University, where he received a B.S. degree in 2004. Mike then traveled to Lubbock, TX, where he received an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 2006. While at Texas Tech, he conducted a research project surrounding the topic of convective initiation along the dryline and also assisted research teams in the spring with investigating the RFD environment through the use of in situ observations using mobile mesonet equipment. Mike joined the National Weather Service as in intern in the fall of 2006 at the Atlanta office in Peachtree City, GA and joined the forecast team at the Twin Cities office at the beginning of 2009. Since coming to the Twin Cities, he has be an active participant in the Skywarn program, having taught several classes and updated the skywarn presentation given by the office.
  Dan Miller , Science and Operations Officer, NWS Duluth, MN
Dan Miller is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service forecast office in Duluth, Minnesota. Dan is originally from Owatonna, Minnesota and is a 1992 graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology.  He has a 21 year career in the National Weather Service, having worked at NWS offices in Limon, Colorado, the Twin Cities, Norman, Oklahoma, and his current office in Duluth. Dan's primary areas of interest and expertise are radar and severe thunderstorms, as well as timely and accurate communication of severe weather threat information.  He was involved with developing nationally deployed training for the WSR-88D radar upgrade to dual-polarization capability from 2009 to 2012, and is currently a member of the NEXRAD Technical Advisory Committee.  Through his experiences with the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed from 2006 to 2011, he also has considerable experience with Terminal Doppler Weather Radar, Phased-Array radar data and CASA radar, and the application of this data to observe and warn for severe convective storms. Dan also served as the chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Severe Local Storms from 2012 to 2015.
  Todd Krause, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS Chanhassen, MN
Todd Krause graduated from Bethel College in Arden Hills, majoring in Math/Physics, then he received his M.S. in Meteorology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He started his career with the National Weather Service as an intern in Huron, South Dakota in 1985. Todd also worked as an intern in Wichita, Kansas before becoming a forecaster in the Twin Cities in 1989. He has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Twin Cities office since 1994.
  Dr. Kenny Blumenfeld, Senior Climatologist, MN State Climatology Office, St. Paul, MN
Dr. Kenneth (“Kenny”) Blumenfeld focuses on climate change science, extreme events, and new climate monitoring networks for the Minnesota DNR State Climatology Office. One of his professional responsibilities has been to align the state’s agencies, communities, and citizens with up-to-date and scientifically accurate information about Minnesota’s changing climate. He also works part-time for Hennepin County Emergency Management, where he provides hazardous weather research and forecasting support. Outside of work, Kenny has made a documentary movie about Minnesota’s winters, frequently pursues “creative climate science” endeavors, and generally loves talking to Minnesotans about their weather..
  John Wetter, President, Spotter Network, Maple Grove, MN
John Wetter is currently the president of Spotter Network. He has been involved with Skywarn since 1997. While attending St. Cloud State, he was a member of Stearns County Skywarn where he was a Net Control Station coordinator and also a member of the board of directors. John has presented several studies locally and regionally specializing in radar interpretation and pre-storm environmental parameters, as well as Skywarn operations. He also has produced the last three Skywarn training videos for use by the NWS Chanhassen Office. John works in the IT field and lives in Maple Grove with his wife Jamie.


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