Severe Weather Talks

Severe Weather Seminar

Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium
Saturday, April 6, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Auditorium
Free and open to the public

NIC Auditorium

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Time lapse videos graphic

Time Lapse Storm Videos

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Zach Sharpe

Zach Sharpe,  Iowa Storm Chasing Network
"Deciphering Weather Information in the complex and ever-changing world of Social Media"

Find out how to get the best weather information online and which sources are reliable.

Zach Sharpe, one of the rising stars in weather social media, has been storm chasing for over 10 years and works year-round as a Storm Chaser for KCCI Television Des Moines.  He has covered several tornadoes, historic blizzards with thundersnow and a hurricane live on KCCI.  He also serves as the President of the Iowa Storm Chasing Network. 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 reporting for Weather Nation TV

Ben McMillan

Ben McMillan, Weather Nation TV

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mike Olbinski

Mike Olbinski, Mike Olbinski Photography
"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:

Mike Olbinski

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NWS, Omaha/Valley
"Storm Fury 2019"
Lancaster County Official Storm Spotter Training Workshop

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. 

Previous Severe Weather Talks

Interested in seeing who the previous Keynote speakers were (CPSWS #1 to present)?