Weatherboy has renewed its sponsorship of Colorado State University’s (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project located in the Department of Atmospheric Science. The Tropical Meteorology Project is well known for its seasonal outlooks for the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season which stretches from June 1 through to November 30 each year.
The effort is led by Research Scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach. He received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from CSU in 2007. Klotzbach has been employed in the Department of Atmospheric Science for the past eighteen years and was co-author on the Atlantic basin hurricane forecasts with Dr. William Gray through 2005. He became first author on the seasonal hurricane forecasts in 2006. Klotzbach developed the two-week forecasts currently being issued during the peak months of the hurricane season between August-October. He has published over two dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Climate and Weather and Forecasting.
“We’re delighted to have Weatherboy return again as a sponsor this season. We’re also thankful for the additional venues Weatherboy provides to get the word out about our forecasts and hurricane safety information in general,” Dr. Klotzbach said. Weatherboy joins the Insurance Information Institute, Interstate Restoration, and Ironshore as project sponsors this year.
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During the 2018 Hurricane Season, Weatherboy used its team to expand hurricane coverage, deploying its meteorologists from Florida to Hawaii to cover approaching storms. As an example, as Hurricane Hector neared Hawaii, Weatherboy used FacebookLive to host an interactive Question and Answer session with a meteorologist from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, HI.
Dr. Klotzbach is scheduled to unveil the initial outlook for the 2019 Atlantic season at the 2019 National Tropical Weather Conference in South Padre Island, Texas on April 4 at 9am ET. That event will be carried live by Weatherboy online.