Johnson County Community College

Severe Weather and Climate Change Questions and Answers

Dr. Harold Brooks

6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Hudson Auditorium, Nerman Museum

Dr. Harold Brooks, Senior Scientist in the Forecast Research and Development Division of NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma

Harold Brooks is a Senior Research Scientist at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory. For over 20 years he has worked on the climatology of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, forecast evaluation, and the interface between social science and weather.
Among many topics, Brooks will discuss a weather-ready nation. Do the people and systems that understand the hazards they face and are they working to mitigate and respond to those hazards? Brooks is working on improving how information about hazards moves through the system between observations, computer models, human forecasters, risk communicators and the public. He is working to estimate the true nature of severe thunderstorm threats better, evaluate forecasts, study how social media moves messages, and to communicate how to find best refuge areas in structures for tornado protection. 

He believes that the biggest challenge to making the nation “weather-ready" is that it’s a low priority for almost everyone. There are competing priorities both on the national and personal level. And because extreme events are rare, we quickly forget the devastation they cause.

Dr. Brooks holds Master’s of Science and Philosophy and a Ph.D., all in Atmospheric Science. His research interests include the occurrence of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in time and space and environmental conditions, as well as the impacts of those events on life and property, and the mitigation of the impacts. He also works on the impact of climate change on severe thunderstorm and tornado occurrence and intensity.

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