Auditorium Severe Weather Talks: April 6, 2019

Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium

Saturday, April 6, 2019: Noon - 4:30pm 

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Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Auditorium

Free and open to the public!

Time Lapse Storm Videos


Presenter:  Zach Sharpe,  Iowa Storm Chasing Network   LINK: Zach Sharpe,

TOPIC: "Deciphering Weather Information in the complex and ever-changing world of Social Media." 

They will talk about how to get the best weather information online, and which sources are reliable.   

Zach Sharpe is the president and forecaster for the Iowa Storm Chasing Network®. Growing up in the suburbs of Des Moines, Sharpe is no stranger to Iowa weather. After graduating from high school, he then went on to Iowa State University. His passion for weather started in his middle school years, but quickly escalated after an EF-2 tornado passed within yards of his house in June 2007.

Sharpe joined the Iowa Storm Chasing Network® team in February of 2013 after storm chasing with ISCN’s Ben McMillan. He has developed much of ISCN’s social media client base by providing daily forecast updates and engaging with followers. Sharpe began duties as a social media weather content producer for KCCI Television in Des Moines, Iowa in Spring of 2015, but transferred to field reporting during inclement weather in January of 2016. In May of 2016, Sharpe accepted a job offer at WeatherNationTV, as social media producer. In May of 2017, Sharpe left WeatherNationTV and teamed up with former KCCI chief meteorologist John McLaughlin to develop a weather app called Storm Hunter WX, which is more advanced than any other weather app on the market.

He has appeared on The Discovery Channel, Fox News, and featured in the Red Bull Television Series "Heart and Hands: Beyond the Job."  Zach is passionate about the dissemination of real time and accurate weather information without allowing shares, likes, or hype to influence a forecast. Please join Zach and special guests as he takes you into the world of social media/ online marketing, and explains how positive and accurate commutation of weather hazards can truly make a difference in your community.  Special guests include WeatherNation's Ben McMillan and a member of the National Weather Service. 

Ben McMillan reporting for Weather Nation TV

Ben McMillan, Weather Nation TV   


1:30- 2:30pm 

Presenter:  Mike Olbinski, Mike Olbinski Photography LINK:  Mike Olbinski Photography

TOPIC: "Capturing Extreme Weather in Photography"

Mike Olbinski is a photographer and filmmaker specializing in the raw power of nature. He chases storms across the United States, capturing incredible supercells, tornadoes, dust storms and lightning. His work has won an Emmy and has been featured in work by Marvel (Thor: The Dark World), Discovery, ESPN, Nat Geo, and dozens of others in the industry.

His work has been viewed by millions of people around the world (over 5 million alone on Vimeo) and he has received several honors/ rewards at internationally-acclaimed film festivals.  He has perfected the art of storm timelapse in a way no other storm chaser or photographer has done, and is leading the way in high speed weather animation and film-making.  See link:



2:30pm - 4:30pm, Presenter:  Brian Smith

"Storm Fury 2019"
Lancaster County Offcial Storm Spotter Trainning Workshop

AFFILIATION: Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS, Omaha/Valley

This Storm Spotter Training Workshop is the official training session for our Lancaster County Storm Spotters.  However, even if you are not one of the county storm spotters, we highly encourage you, your family and your friends to attend and to become better prepared for the severe weather that visits our area.  There will be many interesting videos and photos shown by the speaker. 

The Auditorium at Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center.

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