This Month's Meeting: "Hurricane Forecasts for Tampa Bay"
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, June 26th, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
LOCATION: Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. (813) 281-1943
Our guest speaker for the June 26th meeting will be Brian LaMarre who is the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service office for the Tampa Bay region. We’ve invited Brian to speak with us about forecasts for Tampa Bay, and some of the new forecasting tools which are in use within the weather service. We’ll learn more about storm surge, storm intensity, and spin-off tornadoes.
Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Tampa Bay Area National Weather Forecast Office
Brian began his career as a student volunteer at the NWS office in Harford, CT in 1992 before moving to Texas as a Meteorologist Intern at the NWS in Corpus Christi in 1994. Brian received a National Isaac Cline Award for warning services leading up to an unprecedented river flood in 1998, and a Department of Commerce Silver Medal Team Award for warning services during the impacts of Hurricane Brett in 1999.
Brian was the National Marine Program Manager at NWS Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. During the devastating hurricane impacts of 2004 across Florida, Brian served on the NWS Service Assessment for Hurricane Charley – and met with emergency management and media partners across South and Central Florida to improve hurricane services in the future.
Brian returned to Texas as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NWS in Lubbock. During the historic 2005 hurricane season, Brian served as the NWS liaison with emergency management and media partners at the NWS Southern Region Operations Center in Fort Worth during the landfall of Hurricane Rita. During the 2008 hurricane season, Brian collaborated with emergency management across west and southwest Florida, using innovative webinar services, for the landfall of tropical storm Fay, and the indirect impacts from hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma.
Brian received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Western Connecticut State University. He completed FEMA course requirements to serve as an Incident Command System Technical Specialist with local emergency management in Texas. Brian served as a Technical Specialist during Super Bowl XLIII with local, state and federal agencies in Tampa, FL. He has been an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA) since 1990, and has served on AMS Boards and NWA Committees to help promote weather education and specialized operational services. In addition, Brian is a member of the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.