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March 20, 2002
 
SEVERE WEATHER EXPLORED AT QUEST
OSWEGO -- Severe weather is on the minds of three meteorology students at SUNY Oswego -- and on the agenda of their presentations at this year's Quest symposium on Wednesday, April 24.
In 1993, the impact of the "storm of the century" was felt from the Gulf of Mexico, up the Atlantic seaboard and into Canada. This powerful phenomenon of tornadoes, flooding and extreme amounts of precipitation will be explained by Nicole Wells at 8:55 a.m. in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall.
"A storm like this would be predicted more accurately with today's advanced forecast models," said Wells. Wells is currently interning at WSTM TV-3 in Syracuse with meteorologist Wayne Mahar.
Kennie Lass will discuss the 1997 Fort Collins, Colo., flash flood. On July 28, 1997, more than 10 inches of rain fell in six hours resulting in five deaths and more than $200 million in property damage, Lass said. Through this case study, "I hope to learn more about the meteorology factors that led to the event and be able to recognize the signs in the future," Lass said. Lass' presentation will begin at 9:10 a.m., also in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall.
The historic week-long snowstorm in Buffalo this past December will be analyzed in depth by Jonathan Hitchcock and Erik Heden at 9:25 a.m., again in Room 103 of Lanigan Hall.
They will include information from the radar archives of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, an overview of the total storm accumulations and the effects on the people and commerce of Buffalo.
These students are currently seniors in SUNY Oswego's meteorology department and their presentations are part of their thesis projects. Len Keshishian, who coordinates Oswego's meteorology program, sponsors the presentations by Wells and Lass, while Associate Professor Robert Ballentine sponsors the session by Hitchcock and Heden.
Quest is a symposium dedicated to sharing the scholarly and creative pursuits of faculty, staff and students at SUNY Oswego. It is sponsored by the Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Provost. More than 100 presentations are scheduled throughout the day.
Programs for Quest will be available on the day of the event in Lanigan Hall. For more information, call 312-2875.
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