Tuesday, February 12, 2019

ChaserCon 2019 Forecasting Class slides available online, & "Surviving the Storm" on YouTube!

 Image courtesy of Bill Hark, from Facebook.

ChaserCon 2019 in Wichita, Kansas this past weekend was well-attended, and Shawna and I had a great time talking to so many storm chasers and severe weather enthusiasts!  Thank you to all the convention attendees who stuck around on Sunday, Feb. 10 for my class, and thanks for all the great questions, supportive comments, and big enthusiasm about learning how to forecast!

For those interested, I put up my Powerpoint slides from the class at:

I've also had a surprising number of requests for a DVD presentation on tornado forecasting, similar to my class.  That is definitely something I'll work on in the near future, so stay tuned.  But also be patient, as I have quite a few committments going right now.


One other subject...  My wife Shawna's excellent 30 minute video "Surviving the Storm: What Chasers Want You to Know" is now on YouTube FREE of charge:

This exciting presentation details everything your loved ones and friends need to know about staying safe from a wide variety of severe weather threats.

We can "Pay Forward" our passion about storms (as Shawna has done with this outstanding video) by sharing our knowledge about staying safe when severe weather threatens through talks to community groups, neighborhood home owners and apartment associations, church groups, schools, etc.  This video (no cost!) is a great tool around which to build a severe weather safety talk, if you have an interest in doing that sort of thing.

So please use it and spread the word!  Thanks...

- Jon Davies  2/12/19

Monday, January 28, 2019

Tornado Forecasting class at Chaser Con in Wichita on Feb. 10th !

I'm teaching a 3-hour tornado forecasting class at Chaser Con 2019 in Wichita, Kansas on Sunday, February 10.  It's the first class I'm doing at Chaser Con in 5 years, so I've been working hard to make it interesting and useful for both newer chasers and more experienced ones.

Thanks to Roger Hill for footing the cost and making it part of the convention fee. In the past it has often been an add-on extra cost for convention goers, instead of part of the convention ticket.  So this is a good year to attend.  And thanks to my wife for her patience and helpful comments while I've been putting this together.

I'll do the class in three parts starting at 9 a.m., lasting until around noon with a couple breaks:

Part 1 - General forecasting issues, notes on basic meteorology related to severe weather, and factors more specifically related to forecasting supercell tornadoes.


Part 2 - A detailed case example from 2018 using the material in Part 1, followed by two forecasting exercises for the class.


Part 3 - More advanced topics, including skew T's and hodographs.  I'll also touch on cold-core tornado settings, upslope tornado settings, picking out a cell to follow, and patterns that produce tornadoes on multiple successive days.

While the class won't be streamed online, I've had several people contact me about whether the class will be available later online or by DVD.  I don't know about those issues yet, but my wife Shawna and I will provide some handouts for taking notes, and I'll see about putting all or part of my PowerPoint presentation online for a period after the convention.

There's still time to register for Chaser Con... go to chasercon.com for more information, and click on "Register Now" at the top to register.  Hope to see you there!

- Jon Davies  1/28/19