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Wild Weather in Central Texas

About this presentation

A look at the basic definitions of weather and climate and the actual elements of weather (things we observe and forecast) as well a brief look at the various weather hazards that we experience here in Central Texas.



Zoomerama 2020 Wild Weather infographic

About the presenters

Zoomerama 2020 presenter Troy Kimmel

Troy Kimmel

BS, Geography, Texas A&M University, 1984, Senior Lecturer in Studies in Weather and Climate in the Department of Geography and the Environment at The University of Texas at Austin as well as Chief Meteorologist at KOKE-FM (Austin Radio Network), has been forecasting Austin and south central Texas weather for over 30 years. He is a full member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, the Association of American Geographers, the International Association of Emergency Managers as well as the Emergency Management Association of Texas. He holds the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal as well as the TV and Radio Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association. In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Texas, he serves on the University of Texas Safety and Security Committee where he serves as University/Incident Response Meteorologist for emergency activations and special events (athletic events, graduation) on campus and, in the community, as a CERT Team Member for the City of Austin and for the Travis County offices of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as well to the Operations Division of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. He has completed FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800 certifications. He also owns and operates KimCo Meteorological Services providing meteorological services to the private sector. Kimmel has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society for ”The Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist” (January 1998) and by the National Weather Association as “The National Television Broadcaster of the Year” (October 1988).


Zoomerama 2020 presenter Bob Rose

Bob Rose

Bob Rose is the chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). Bob is responsible for the daily forecast of weather conditions and temperature affecting LCRA’s power generation, electrical transmission, flood control and water supply operations. In addition to short term forecasts, Bob provides LCRA operation centers with long-term weather forecasts and updates on the threat for severe weather and extreme temperature. Prior to coming to LCRA, Bob worked at TV stations in Austin and Bryan-College Station. Bob earned his B.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. Bob has served as past president of the Central Texas Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Bob holds the seal of approval and the certified broadcast meteorologist award from the AMS. Bob is a regular contributor to the National Drought Monitor and is a member of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program. Bob is also the Travis and Williamson County coordinator for CoCoRaHS, a volunteer network of rainfall observers. Bob writes a daily blog about Central Texas weather which appears on LCRA’s website. Bob gives numerous talks about the weather to various civic and school groups around Central Texas. Bob enjoys traveling and has been on 17 different cruises to various parts of the world.

Educational Resources

Video (watch on YouTube)

Presentation (PDF)

Educational resources

  • Jetstream, an online school for weather by the National Weather Service

Informational handout

  • Weather Safety Rules (PDF)

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas

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