NWA Workshop Day Two

October 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm by under FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

Our second day started off with a keynote address from veteran broadcast meteorologist Tom Skilling of WGN in Chicago. Skilling is an extremely popular broadcaster whose unique presentation is a dominant element in the daily newscast. His presentation style goes against the grain of traditional television weather forecasts. Skilling’s success is attributed to his ability to teach the audience about the daily forecast in informative and compelling way.

Madison, Wisconsin is also the home of our provider for weather graphics and software through Weather Central Inc, recently acquired by WSI. Because the conference was located in Weather Central’s “backyard,” we got in a full day of training on Monday. The morning sessions focused on how to use our software to keep viewers updated on Facebook and Twitter with fresh content and images. Our StormTracker radar display is also a Weather Central product. We learned about the latest software releases and improvements. We also had a more specific discussion on how to implement Dual-Pol data within our system in the coming year.

I also got a unique chance to tour the University of Wisconsin Institute of Discovery building, which was designed as an energy efficient workspace. Link: https://fpm-www3.fpm.wisc.edu/cpd/UWBuildsGreen/WisconsinInstituteforDiscovery/tabid/195/Default.aspx We enjoyed a nice dinner there with other broadcast meteorologists from around the country.

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