Meteorologists to talk weather at Wichita conference

08/03/2011 12:00 AM

08/04/2011 6:34 AM

Dozens of meteorologists are converging on Wichita for a three-day weather conference that begins Thursday at the Wichita Marriott.

They'll learn more about the heatburst that sent the temperature in Wichita soaring to 102 in June — after midnight.

They'll get their first look at how the new dual polarization radar just installed in the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service will change forecasting.

One of the leaders of Vortex2 will provide a summary of what's been learned so far from the two-year field study of tornadoes that was completed last year.

The 15th annual High Plains Conference put on by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association will conclude on Saturday with a chance for members of the public to meet and chat with storm chasers in the Marriott parking lot.

More than a dozen chasers are expected at the conference's closing event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

"I'm really excited about all the different presentations," said Jerilyn Billings, president of the Wichita chapter of the AMS/NWA.

Local storm chaser and severe weather photographer Jim Reed will give the keynote presentation Friday night, sharing photographs and anecdotes from 20 years of storm chasing.

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