I had the chance to shake hands with Rich Thompson, the Lead Forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center, at the National Weather Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim. Rich is a very sharp meteorologist and is regarded as one of the best forecasters with the SPC.
Also, he is a great guy. It was nice to chat with him again.
He spent some time teaching (informal) forecasting classes at University of Oklahoma. This is the first – of many – on how to forecast for tornadoes.
If you’re interested in meteorology, how we put together a forecast, and how we know when severe weather is coming… check this out!