Tornado and Severe Weather seminar pictures

Many thanks once again to all who joined us and to our
speakers who traveled in from all over the country to participated in
our Fermilab Tornado and Severe Storms programs on Saturday! Jim Reed
and Jenna Blum reported lived by Skype from the heart of the severe
weather eruption in the Plains. It was so good seeing so many of you
there! We had two full houses and 3,800 watched the
program as it was streamed on the wgntv.com feed. 1,000 others watched
it on our stream to audio devices. 
–Tom Skilling

Photos courtesy of Mike Zarnek
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Tornado & Severe Storms Seminar

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The 32nd Annual Fermilab/WGN-TV seminar is TODAY Saturday, April 14—and YOU are invited! A number of guest speakers will join Tom Skilling to present an exciting program at noon and again for a repeat of the entire program at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Ramsey Auditorium on the grounds of the Batavia-based Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.   Please feel free to attend either the noon session or the 6 pm session.

Where: Fermilab – Kirk Rd & Pine St, Batavia, Illinois, 1.630.840.3000
When:  Saturday, April 14 @12pm and again at 6pm

For a complete listing of guest speakers and topics of discussion click on the link below!

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Tom's Weather Day at Walgreens this Saturday

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See you at Tom’s Weather Day at
Walgreens, 235 Palatine Road, Arlington Heights Saturday, May 21; we’re
partnering with Midland Radio and Walgreens to get NOAA weather radios
into more peoples’ hands at reduced cost

 
By Meteorologist Tom Skilling

Hope to see many of you this Saturday out at the Walgreens in Arlington
Heights at 235 Palatine Road. We’re teaming up with Midland Radio and
Walgreens to try and get NOAA weather radios into as many homes as
possible and at reduced cost. These radios can be programmed to turned
on, alerting you to middle of the night tornado and severe weather
warnings.

I’ll be joined by my National Weather Service-Chicago colleagues as
well as WGN radio’s Greg Jarrett. Veteran observer Frank Wachowski is
going to put in an appearance. Also on hand will be Midland Radio
representatives, members of the Cook County Homeland Security office,
the Arlington Heights Fire Department and others. We’ll have a
WeatherBug weather station set up for you to see and a portable tornado
machine. We look forward to seeing you and assisting in setting up your
NOAA weather radios which will be on sale at all Chicago area Walgreens
stores in the weeks ahead!

FERMILAB/WGN Seminar pictures

Thanks for everyone who came out to the show! Here are some great photos sent to us by Brian Smith of the 2011 FERMILAB/WGN seminar!
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Below is a group picture of this year’s speakers. From left to right
is award winning extreme weather photographer Jim Reed; Tom Skilling;
Dr. Mary Ann Cooper MD-University of Illinois-Chicago; Dr. Louis W.
Uccellini, Director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental
Prediction (NCEP); Ed Fenelon, Meteorologist in Charge of the NWS
Forecast Office-Chicago; Jim Allsopp, Warning Coordination
Meteorologist NWS Chicago; Dr. Jim Angel, State Climatologist-
Midwestern Regional Climate Center; and Brian Smith, Warning
Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Omaha, Nebraska:
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Photos courtesy of Brian Smith

Tornado & Severe Storms Seminar

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Announcing the 2011 FERMILAB/WGN Tornado & Severe Storms Seminar on Saturday, April 30, 2011

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By Meteorologist Tom Skilling

Greetings to each of you! We have an extraordinary program planned for our 31st Annual Fermilab/WGN-TV seminar which takes place this year on Saturday, April 30th. I’m very excited about this year’s program and the speakers who will join me at noon Saturday, Arpil 30th and again for a repeat of the entire program at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Ramsey Auditorium on the grounds of the Batavia-based Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.  Please feel free to attend either the noon session or the 6 pm session. We’d love to have you join us!  Hope to see you there and again here are the key details.

Where: Fermilab – Kirk Rd & Pine St, Batavia, Illinois, 1.630.840.3000
When:  Saturday, April 30th @12pm and again at 6pm

For a complete listing of guest speakers and topics of discussion continue reading below!

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Tornado forming near Lostant Saturday night

Thanks to Tim Smith for sharing this video showing  the formation of a tornado near Lostant, Illinois in La Salle County. There were two reported touchdowns within a mile of Tim that produced damage but fortunately he had no damage at his location. This was the start of the tornadic activity then went on to produce damage in Streator, Dwight, Buckingham and St. Anne

 Click on the link to view this great footage.
Video by Tim Smith