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Owensboro’s Kyle Mattingly to Chase Spring Storms

Last year Olivia Payne chased them down and visited the WBKR Waking Crew Show. This year, Owensboro resident and Western Kentucky student Kyle Mattingly is heading west.

During Western Kentucky University’s May 2012 summer term, eight meteorology students in Dr. Josh Durkee’s annual Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course will set out to forecast, analyze and document severe convective storms across the Great Plains. 

This will be the third year of this course offering at WKU, which won the 2010 “Creativity and Innovation Award” from the North American Association for Summer Programs.

During the 2010 and 2011 trips, WKU groups successfully documented nearly 20 tornadoes, numerous damaging hail and wind events, and multiple flash floods. This year, from May 17 to May 31, the group plans to drive 7,000 to 8,000 miles across multiple state lines to continue that success, Dr. Durkee said.

“This capstone meteorology course has been quite a large success,” he said. “Perhaps the success can be measured by great forecasting and travel decisions that get us to the storms on time. However, the majority of students come home from this trip stating that they have learned more in this one class then they have since they started college, and that is my overarching goal for this class.”

Other students participating in the 2012 course are: Kyle Berry of Mount Washington; Tami Gray of Cleveland, Miss; Becca Ollier of Cincinnati; Chandler Santos of LaGrange; Nathaniel Shearer of Berea; Evan Webb of Hodgenville; Emily Yates of Brentwood, Tenn.

You can follow Dr. Durkee’s storm chase group as they document each day at  on Twitter and Facebook .

When it ends we will get some fantasic stories and pics from Kyle. Good luck!

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