Meteorology Presentation Scheduled for Science Saturday on March 30th

Michael Folmer, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, Md., will be presenting at Science Saturday via Zoom on March 30, 2024 at 11 a.m. The event is organized by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and is free for all attendees.

During his presentation titled “Forecasting the Weather From the Open Ocean to the Jersey Shore,” Folmer will discuss his work in providing life-saving forecast products and Impact-Based Decision Support Services for various entities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, cruise lines, the cargo industry, and mariners who travel beyond 60 nautical miles offshore. In addition, he will highlight the Jersey Shore Mesonet, which consists of a network of automated weather stations, including the one at LBIF, and the ongoing efforts to expand this network.

Although Folmer has a background in tropical meteorology, he has recently shifted his focus to satellite and mid-latitude weather. Prior to his current role at the OPC, he served as the satellite liaison for various satellite programs at different weather centers. Interested individuals can register for the Science Saturday lectures online at lbifoundation.org/science or through LBIF’s subscriber emails.

For more information about upcoming Science Saturdays and other events at the Foundation, you can contact them at 609-494-1241 or visit their website lbifoundation.org or follow them on social media.

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