Nov ’12
4:00 pm

Wenesday, Nov. 14, 4–5 p.m.
Boyd Science Center 001 Lecture Hall

Environmental Science Colloquium
Huricane Irene: Lessons for Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation
Presenter: John Kelly, NOAA Meteorologist

Hurricane Irene left a devastating imprint on the Caribbean and U.S. East Coast in late August 2011. The storm took the lives of more than 40 people, caused an estimated $6.5 billion in property damages, unleashed major flooding, downed trees and power lines, and forced road closures, evacuations, and major rescue efforts. The storm produced widespread, devastating flooding in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey and damaging storm surge along the coasts of North Carolina and Connecticut. As part of the NWS mission to safeguard life and property through continuous improvement, NOAA formed a service assessment team to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of NWS performance during this event. The presentation will highlight the assessment’s major findings and recommendations and their implications on the NWS’ goal of a Weather-Ready Nation.

Dr. John G.W. Kelley is a meteorologist and member of the NWS Service Assessment Team for Hurricane Irene. He is currently works for the Marine Modeling and Analysis Programs at the Coast Survey Development Laboratory for NOAA/National Ocean Service in Durham, NH.