The Weather of the Waldo Canyon Fire
In conjunction with the exhibit From the Ashes: The Waldo Canyon Fire, NewsChannel 13 Chief Meteorologist Matt Meister examines the important role an afternoon thunderstorm played in one of the most devastating disasters in the history of Colorado Springs and highlights the weather conditions leading up to the high fire danger environment and the local wind shift pattern that fanned the flames through the life of the fire. Matt will also share his experience as a member of the media during our region’s recent natural disasters.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Matt Meister is a broadcast Meteorologist for KRDO NewsChannel 13 where, in addition to tracking storms and keeping viewers informed, he oversees the maintenance of 16 weather computers and supervises the staff of STORMTRACKERS.
Before getting into television, Matt was employed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, where his work focused on thunderstorm initiation, growth and dissipation.
Prior to moving to Colorado Springs, Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics. After college he was hired as the weekend meteorologist at KGWN-TV, the CBS affiiate in Cheyenne, Wyoming before arriving at NEWSCHANNEL 13 in September of 2001. In October of the same year he was the first meteorologist in southern Colorado to be recognized as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society.
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