2016 Minnesota Severe Storms Conference, Saturday, April 9, 2016, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis Campus

Organized by

John Wetter, K0WDJ
Skywarn Coordinator
NWS Chanhassen


Sponsored by


Gibson Ridge Software

Bad Weather Brewery

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  Mr. Bob Dixson, Mayor, Greensburg, KS
As mayor of Greensburg, KS, Bob Dixson has led the recovery efforts for the town following a devastating tornado in 2007. He has also led efforts in the green movement presenting nationally on town planning and what conservation can do to help cities thrive.

Wade Stettner, On-site Event Meteorologist, Schneider Electric Weather, Burnsville, MN
Wade Stettner leads a team of experienced meteorologists from Schneider Electric that travel around the world providing on-site custom weather support for the PGA Tour, PGA of America, LPGA, and other high profile outdoor events.  His team offers premium weather services by working alongside tournament directors, event organizers, and operations staff.  Wade provides advance warnings for severe weather and early alerting for lightning so organizers can make smart decisions when it comes to player and spectator safety.  Wade will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro Brazil this summer to assist the PGA Tour at the 2016 Olympics and will also be working at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska this fall.  Wade grew up in Minnesota, attended the University of North Dakota, and currently resides in the Twin Cities.


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, 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.


Chris Franks, Lead Forecaster, NWS Chanhassen, MN
Chris was born and raised in Omaha, NE and found his passion for weather while watching thunderstorms roll across eastern Nebraska when he was a boy. He attended Creighton University as an undergrad and received his master's degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. While in grad school, he worked part-time as meteorologist for KOTA in Rapid City. His first NWS job was in Milwaukee where he spent a few years before moving to the office in Chanhassen in the fall of 2010. While in the Twin Cities, Chris has also taught Intro to Meteorology at National American University for the past few years.


Daniel Dix, Air Quality Meteorologist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), St. Paul, MN
Daniel is a Mankato, Minnesota native and a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has worked at the MPCA office in St. Paul since December of 2013. He is involved in EPA and MPCA regulatory air dispersion modeling and in the past year part of the team that has taken over the air pollution health advisory and alert issuances. In the near future the team will begin producing the daily Twin Cities and Rochester air quality forecasts, and will also be expanding to a statewide practice. Previously, he worked at The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia as a forecast meteorologist for two years before transitioning to a weather graphics system engineer role for the following fourteen years of his tenure there. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 he was an active member of the “Tornado Hunt” field project. Before his move to Georgia he was a severe storms meteorologist for WeatherData, Inc (now Accuweather) in Wichita. He began his career here in Minnesota in 1992 at Kavouras (Schneider Electric) as an aviation meteorologist for three years after an internship at Northwest Airlines. Daniel currently resides in Rosemount and since his return to Minnesota has enjoyed being an instructor for the Metro Skywarn team. 

  John Wetter, Skywarn Coordinator, NWS Chanhassen, MN
John Wetter is currently the coordinator of Skywarn radio operations at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, MN. 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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