Exploring the Open Ocean: National Weather Service Expert Michael Folmer to Present on Forecasting and Decision Support Services in Long Beach Island.

Upcoming Science Saturday: Weather Forecasting Discussion on March 30

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is excited to host Science Saturday on March 30, 2024, featuring a presentation by Michael Folmer, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, Md. The session will take place at 11 a.m. via Zoom and is open to all.

Folmer will be discussing his work on “Forecasting the Weather From the Open Ocean to the Jersey Shore,” where he provides forecast products and Impact-Based Decision Support Services to various entities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, cruise lines, the cargo industry, and everyday mariners who venture beyond 60 nautical miles offshore. The presentation will also touch on the Jersey Shore Mesonet, a network of automated weather stations that includes the LBIF weather station. Folmer and his colleagues plan to expand this network further in the future.

Although Folmer has a background in tropical meteorology, his main focuses now include satellite and mid-latitude weather. Prior to his current role at OPC, he served as the satellite liaison for several satellite programs, gaining expertise in the field. To register for Science Saturday lectures, attendees can do so online at lbifoundation.org/science or through emails sent by LBIF to subscribers.

For more information about upcoming Science Saturdays and other programming at the Foundation, call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org or follow LBIF on social media.

The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is excited to host Science Saturday on March 30, 2024, featuring a presentation by Michael Folmer, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, Md. The session will take place at 11 a.m. via Zoom and is open…

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