Meet some of the people featured in our field trip:
As an electronic technician at the National Weather Service in Louisville, Mark Schweitzer is responsible for repairing all types of weather observation and computer systems. He holds an associate degree in electronic engineering and has been with the Weather Service for nearly 17 years. Mark attended the University of Louisville, completing classes in information systems technology, and has continued his professional education with National Weather Service classes on weather radar systems, surface observing systems, and a wide range of computer systems.
Ted Funk has been the science and operations officer at the National Weather Service in Louisville since 1994. In that position, he is responsible for the technical training, research, and professional development programs that help the forecasters stay proficient with data interpretation and the latest forecast and warning methods. Ted previously was the Louisville offices lead forecaster from 1990 to 1994. Before that, he worked at the National Center for Environmental Prediction and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service near Washington, DC, forecasting and performing research in heavy precipitation systems. He has a masters degree from Saint Louis University.
Mike Callahan, the service hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Louisville, is the hydrologic expert for central Kentucky and southcentral Indiana. In addition to monitoring stream levels and issuing flood warnings, he works with communities to help mitigate losses from flooding. Over a career that spans more than 25 years, Mike also has served as a hydrologist in Harrisburg, PA and a meteorologist in Charleston, WV. He has taught meteorology at the University of Louisville since 1989. His own education includes a B.S. in physics from Indiana University and graduate work in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University.
Data Program Manager
Data Program Manager Larry Dattilo oversees the cooperative weather networks in central Kentucky and southcentral Indiana. Before becoming a manager, he was a meteorological technician at the Louisville station. He also has worked for the National Weather Service in Raleigh, NC and for the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. Altogether, his career in the NWS spans 25 years. He also was a forecaster while serving in the Air Force. Larry has an associate degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Norm Reitmeyer has been at the National Weather Service in Louisville for more than 24 yearsthe last 10 as warning coordination meteorologist. He is responsible for managing the offices warnings program, including training weather spotters in the 59 counties in central Kentucky and southcentral Indiana. Norm, who has also worked in National Weather Services offices in Kansas City, Omaha, and Washington, DC, has a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Penn State and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
As lead forecaster, Tony Sturey has the critical responsibilities of recognizing the potential for severe weather, preparing the staff for it, and issuing warnings to alert the public of any danger. After attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he received his degree in meteorology, Tony worked with a private meteorological firm for a few years, then joined the NWS in 1984. He spent the early part of his career at another Kentucky office, in Jackson, before moving to Milwaukee, WI and then on to Louisville. Since the KET field trip was produced, he has been promoted to the position of warning coordination meteorologist in Caribou, ME.
Meteorologist in Charge
Kimberly Pye has been the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Louisville since 2002. As head of the entire office, she oversees all programs and personnel. Before coming to Louisville, Kimberly was meteorologist in charge at Missoula, MT; warning coordination meteorologist at Glasgow, MT; and a forecaster in Duluth, MN. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb with a degree in meteorology and is completing a masters degree in management at Indiana Wesleyan University. Before joining the National Weather Service, Kimberly was a weather, sports, and news announcer for several radio and television stations in northern Illinois.
As a forecaster at the Louisville station, where he has worked since 2002, James Brotherton supports the lead forecaster in all operations in the office. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in meteorology in 1999 and started his career with the National Weather Service as a cooperative student with the Climate Prediction Center in Washington, DC while still attending college. He also worked in the NWS office at Charleston, SC before moving to Louisville.