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Storm Chasers
Storm Chaser Topics
Date and Time:
Saturday, April 21, 2018, starting at 11:00 Eastern Daylight Time Download Calendar File
Dr. Jana Houser, Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Department of Geography, Ohio University
Brief Description:

Introduction to Supercells: What are they?  How and why do they form?

Basics of Tornadoes: What do we know about their formation, maintenance, and decay?

Instrumentation: How do scientists study tornadoes both observationally and numerically?

Future Work: What do we not know?

A day in the life of a storm chaser: What is it like?

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Location of Seminar:
Clinton County Airport, Wilmington Ohio
1581 N. Curry Rd.

Wilmington, OH 45177
Directions to Venue:

From Highway 71 to state route 68 toward Wilmington.   Turn right onto Gurneville Road.  Turn left onto N. Curry Rd.  You'll see airport on the right.  We will be meeting the big hanger behind Great Plains Enterprises.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
Yes  I66
100 seats at the facility, 87 remaining for online registration.
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Contact Information:
David Hoover
Phone: 9373822889
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Dr. Houser is a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Ohio University in Athens.  Shereceived a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Penn State University in 2004, a Master of Science degree in meteorology in 2008 and a Ph.D in meteorology in 2013, both from the University of Oklahoma where she studied under the mentorship of world renowned severe weather expert Dr. Howard Bluestein. 

Dr. Houser specializes in the analysis of tornadoes and the supercell thunderstorms that commonly produce them by using state of the art mobile radar observations.  Much of her research has been dedicated to analyzing the spatio-temporal evolution of the rotation that forms tornadoes, seeking to answer the question of how this rotation evolves over both time and space.  Additionally, Dr. Houser studies the interaction of tornadoes with the ground beneath, addressing the problem of how topography and land cover impact tornado intensity and path; and she was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to continue this work.  She has authored or co-authored 10 peer reviewed journal articles related to tornadoes and supercells, most of which have been published by the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Houser was captivated by tornadoes at a very early age and pursued her dream of studying these phenomena.  She began chasing tornadoes in 2003 as a junior at Penn State University.  She has participated in two major storm chasing field projects including the Rotation of Tornadoes and Thunderstorms Experiment (ROTATE) in 2003 and 2004 and the National Science Foundation funded Vortex 2 field project in 2009 and 2010, and chased storms every season from 2003-2013.  Since joining the faculty at Ohio in 2013, she successfully developed a student storm chasing experience where participants receive 2 college credits and spend one week in May on the road targeting severe storms and tornadoes. 

Dr. Houser teaches a wide range of classes at the university including physical geography, intro to meteorology, large-scale weather systems and processes, small-scale weather phenomena and processes, radar meteorology, and a seminar in supercells and tornadoes.  She was awarded the Jeanette Graselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, and is currently a finalist for the prestigious University Professor award.


Sponsors: Clinton County Airport Pilots and Friends Association and Great Plains Enterprises, LLC

Food will be available from 8 AM until 12 noon at small cost.

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Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
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