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May 21, 2013

Tornado, severe weather forecasting expert available

Michael Baldwin, Purdue University associate professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences; severe weather forecasting expert

Baldwin can discuss tornadoes, severe weather forecasting and warnings. He also can discuss how to prepare for severe weather and the different sources of information available during weather events. Baldwin is a co-leader of the National Science Foundation-funded Mesocscale Predictability Experiment, or MPEX, a field project to improve severe weather predictions. The project is taking atmospheric measurements before and after storms across the Great Plains through June 15. Baldwin's research focuses on improving computer programs that predict the weather and ways to evaluate the quality of forecasts. 

Baldwin lived in Norman, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City, when the area was hit by tornadoes, including an EF5, on May 3, 1999. Norman neighbors Moore, Okla.

CONTACT: 765-494-9503, Baldwin@purdue.edu 

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Purdue part of field study to improve severe weather forecasting

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.edu