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Posted at 7:46 PM ET, 01/ 9/2008

Meet a Major Meteorologist

By Steve Scolnik

Attention winter weather weenies

It never rains, but it pours. The DC region, home to more meteorologists per acre than probably anywhere else in the world, is host to two major meteorological meetings on the same night next week.

The DC chapter of the American Meteorological Society is presenting winter weather expert Paul Kocin at their January meeting next Tuesday, the 15th. Kocin, with Louis Uccellini, is the author of both the Old and New Testaments of winter storms, Northeast Snowstorms (Volume I: Overview, Volume II: The Cases). He was formerly the winter weather expert on The Weather Channel. Kocin and Uccellini are also the developers of the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which aims to do for blizzards what Saffir-Simpson did for hurricanes in conveying the impact of a storm.

The meeting is open to the public. The cost: absolutely free, unless you wish to partake of sandwiches, chips, cookies, and soft drinks, which will be available for $6.00. The meeting is scheduled (weather permitting, of course :)) for 6:15, with the presentation to begin at 7. Location is American Institute of Architects (AIA), Board Room, 2nd floor, 1735 New York Avenue NW. RSVP by Friday (see the meeting announcement linked above) only if you want to eat.

Kocin is a very entertaining and informative speaker and the PM Updater would be looking forward to attending, but he has already paid up to be brainwashed by those evil climate scientists at the MIT Club Great Climate Change Debate the same night. Our previous offer to host any TV meteorologist at the event is still in effect, provided seats are available. RSVP ASAP.

By Steve Scolnik  | January 9, 2008; 7:46 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Storms  
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