Ship Killers: A Look at Thunderstorm Outflow

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Ship Killers: A Look at Thunderstorm Outflow -What Every Mariner Needs to Know
(co-author, Ken Pryor, NOAA NESDIS)

The recent knock down and sinking of the S/V Concordia has once again illustrated the potential threat of thunderstorm winds to modern sailing vessels.  This talk will serve as a primer for thunderstorms and thunderstorm outflows.  Advances in satellite imagery and imagery techniques in thunderstorm detection will also be discussed.

Speaker: Joe Sienkiewicz

Joe Sienkiewicz is the Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch of the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center.  His branch supports OPC operations through technical development and science infusion.  Joe received his B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from the SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY (1980) and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington (1988).  He was a USCG licensed master and mate and worked in those capacity aboard NY based tugboats in the early 80’s.  Since graduate school he has served as marine forecaster, Senior Marine Forecaster, Science Officer, and Applications Branch Chief of the Ocean Prediction Center.  His professional interests include explosive cyclones, satellite sensed ocean winds, and wind wave current interaction.  Joe is also a sailor and races on Chesapeake Bay.


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