Each year, a select group of meteorologists from the top television markets in the country are invited to join us in Steamboat to learn more about the meteorology field and trending issues that interest their broadcast audiences. Designed as a hands-on and interactive exchange of information, ideas and experiences for broadcast meteorologists, the Steamboat Weather Summit has gained a national reputation for excellence over the years. Conference sessions are held each day with additional time allowed for feature production, live shots and, of course, powder research. The Steamboat Weather Summit is eligible for AMS points.
2018 Weather Summit Schedule
• Evening welcome reception at Steamboat Whiskey Co.
Tuesday, January 23
• Bob Perciasepe: The EPA One Year Later: Trump Administration Impacts on Policy
• Leigh Orf: Simulating Devastating Tornadoes in Supercell Thunderstorms
• Package filming: City snowplowing
Wednesday, January 24
• Gerald Galloway: The Threat of Climate Change on National Security
• Forecasting for Flight panel with Joel Tumbiolo, Joe Benson and Darren Freyer
Thursday, January 25
• Kevin Trenberth: Extreme Weather and the Changing Climate
• Package filming: City snowplowing rich-text
• Stories From the Field: Covering Extreme Weather with Reynolds Wolf and Rob Marciano
• Jake Wood: Team Rubicon Disaster Relief Missions Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Life
• Package filming: Avalanche safety
Saturday, January 27
• Package filming: Ski with an Olympian
• Olympian Sendoff
Sunday, January 28
• Farewell breakfast at The Cabin rich-text
2018 Weather Summit Speakers & Topics
The EPA One Year Later: Trump Administration Impacts on Policy
Bob Perciasepe, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions president, former EPA deputy administrator
Perciasepe is president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. He served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2014. While at the EPA, he worked to set stricter auto emissions and mileage standards, increase protections for the nation’s streams and rivers, and develop carbon emissions standards for power plants. Perciasepe holds a master’s degree in planning and public administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources from Cornell University.
Simulating Devastating Tornadoes in Supercell Thunderstorms
Dr. Leigh Orf, University of Wisconsin scientist
Dr. Orf received his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Since then, he has served as faculty at the University of North Carolina – Asheville and more recently at Central Michigan University. In 2015, following a major breakthrough in his research on supercells and tornadoes, Orf began working as a scientist at his alma mater (UW-Madison), where he continues to conduct numerical simulations of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms on one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
The Threat of Climate Change on National Security
Dr. Gerald Galloway, retired U.S. Army brigadier general
Dr. Galloway served 38 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as brigadier general, and eight years in the federal government related to water resources management. He is currently a Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of engineering at University of Maryland, where his focus is on water resources policy and management. He is also a visiting scholar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for water resources. He holds a master’s in engineering from Princeton, a master’s in public administration from Penn State (Capitol Campus), a master’s in military art and science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a Ph.D. in geography (water resources) from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
Forecasting for Flight: Military Meteorology Panel
Col. Joseph Benson, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, special operations command
Col. Benson, retired U.S. Air Force, served 22 years in the military, 20 of those with special operations units in team, detachment, squadron, group and command. He served as the Air Force special operations command liaison to the U.S. Army special operations command. He tallied 18 deployments oversees — including Afghanistan (five times), Africa (four times), Iraq, the Balkans, Haiti, Oman, Jordan, Turkey and Qatar — where he provided rotary wing aviation weather support for Army joint special operations command. Benson studied broadcast meteorology at Florida State University.
Darren Freyer, High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site mountain flight instructor pilot
Freyer is a power management and mountain flight instructor pilot for HAATS, the Army National Guard’s High-Altitude Aviation Training Site in Eagle, Colo. He flew the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter in the U.S. Army and served as a helicopter instructor pilot. He later joined the civilian sector as an airline pilot, serving as a captain at Great Lakes Airlines and working as a line check airman for the company. Freyer began his flight training at Colorado Northwestern in Rangely and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. His wife is a first officer at Frontier, and they have two children: Violet, 4, and Avery, 2.
Joel Tumbiolo, retired civilian U.S. Air Force launch weather officer
Tumbiolo served as a civilian Air Force meteorologist launch weather officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where his team monitored and ensured weather was safe for launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. He supported more than 400 manned and unmanned launches from 1991 to 2013. He currently works as an adjunct professor of meteorology at Florida Institute of Technology. Tumbiolo holds an associate degree in geology from Vincennes University, a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from Purdue University and a master’s degree in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University.
Extreme Weather and the Changing Climate
Dr. Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research distinguished senior scientist
Dr. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. He earned his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been prominent in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientific assessments and has also extensively served the World Climate Research Programme, most recently as chair of the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Stories From the Field: Covering Extreme Weather
Rob Marciano, ABC News senior meteorologist
Marciano is senior meteorologist of ABC’s World News Tonight and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. Since joining the network in 2014, he has reported on nearly every natural disaster to hit the U.S. Most recently, he’s been on the ground during the hurricanes that devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Before joining ABC News, Marciano was the co-host of Entertainment Tonight and also worked at CNN, where he reported from the field during Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Cornell University and holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Reynolds Wolf, The Weather Channel meteorologist
Wolf serves as co-host of AMHQ Weekend at The Weather Channel. He previously worked as a studio meteorologist and field correspondent at CNN covering wildfires, floods, tornadoes, heat waves, winter storms and earthquakes and providing live reports from many hurricanes and tropical storms. Before joining CNN, he worked at local TV stations across the U.S., with stops in St. Louis, Orlando, Detroit, Austin, San Luis Obispo and Anniston, Ala. Wolf is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and has a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval.
Team Rubicon Disaster Relief Missions Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life
Jake Wood, Team Rubicon co-founder, CEO
Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world. As a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a scout sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans.
Live Remotes & PackagesDuring Steamboat Weather Summit, reach your viewers at home while in one of the most unique weather locations in the Rocky Mountains.
Steamboat provides all the necessities, including story ideas, cameramen and production assistance as well as on-site satellite capabilities to conduct live weathercasts and feed tapes and produced packages back to your station. Steamboat will arrange for satellite time — booked on a first-come, first-served basis — as well as access to videographers and our digital-editing system. Live Shots are available anytime of the day booked in 15-minute increments. Steamboat will arrange for satellite time on a first-come, first-serve basis. To book a slot, email Nicole Miller at email@example.com with the following information: date, 15-minute window, time zone, station, IFB phone number, control room phone number and control room contact/producer name.
Feature packages can focus on conference speakers and topics, Steamboat's weather anomalies, and winter recreation and activities in the Steamboat area. This year’s featured packages include city snowplowing, avalanche safety and skiing with an Olympian. Advance registration required for featured packages.
- Ski Patrol and Mountain Safety
- Winter activities: dog sledding, ice climbing, ski jumping
- Any ideas you have, we can make happen