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 Bryan Norcross

 The Weather Channel.

Bryan Norcross is the Senior Executive Director of Weather Content and Presentation, and Senior Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, based in Atlanta. He joined the channel in the summer of 2010, bringing his extensive experience covering tropical storms and hurricanes to The Weather Channel's round-the-clock coverage. In January of 2011, Bryan added the responsibilities of Director of Weather Presentation. He is working with management at The Weather Channel as technical and operational systems are upgraded using the latest weather presentation and forecasting technology. From 2008 until 2010, Bryan was President and CEO of America's Emergency Network, Inc, an emergency-communications networking company based in Miami. The AEN system allows local governments and other agencies to stream live news briefings to the public and the media without news crews or other conventional video-transmission systems. AEN was used at the National Hurricane Center in 2009 and 2010 to disseminate live NHC briefings.

 Mark Sudduth


Mark Sudduth has worked in hurricane awareness and education since graduating from UNC-Wilmington in 1995. Over the past eighteen years, Mark has had the privilege of working with local, state and federal agencies to develop award-winning hurricane awareness projects. In addition, his work with companies such as Lowe's, Sprint and Bank of America has helped to reach out to communities on a local level to educate about the dangers of tropical cyclones. Mark began and operates the site which serves as a portal for hurricane news, information and live field coverage during landfalls. Over the course of his career, Mark has worked with many well respected names in the business to develop safe, effective methods of providing live video feeds from unmanned camera units during even the most severe hurricane conditions. Additionally, Mark and his colleagues have developed portable weather stations using RM Young technology to capture and stream live wind and pressure data, along with a live web cam image from on site during hurricane landfall events. Mark lives in Wilmington, NC with his wife and six children.

 John Spillane

 Pararescuer - Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing- Retired

John Spillane an Air National Guard pararescue jumper, has parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean, climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire and crawled behind enemy lines in Iraq. He was a "PJ" in the Guard's 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach for 21 years. He also is a New York City firefighter, assigned to Ladder Co. 165 in St. Albans, Queens. Spillane is one of only 500 PJs in the world, but may be the best known of them all as a result of the international best seller, "The Perfect Storm."

Mike Wolfinbarger

Vice President for Mobile Development - Weather Decision Technologies Inc.


 Josh Morgerman

 iCyclone | Visit Website

Stormchaser and adrenaline junkie Josh Morgerman (iCyclone) has been prowling the earth for violent cyclones since age 21 and is one of the world’s top hurricane chasers.


Combining an aggressive chase style with iron determination, this Southern Californian has a near-100% success rate getting into a storm’s inner core. And he has a penchant for chasing hard-to-reach storms in exotic locations across North America and East Asia—the ones no one else will go after.


Morgerman’s original chase turf was the USA only. But in 2007 he singlehandedly hunted ferocious Category-5 Hurricane Dean on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula—the only chaser to do so. This launched a string of solo, daredevil Mexican chases that established Morgerman as a specialist in Mexican hurricanes. But the last few years have been his finest, with epic, near-perfect chases of Category-5 Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; Hurricane Odile in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and last year’s Hurricane Patricia, the strongest in history. Morgerman and partner Erik Sereno chased Patricia to a remote corner of Mexico and hunkered down in a tiny village right where the eye made landfall. After a suspenseful silence, Morgerman resurfaced a day later with an incredible survival tale—and rare data. (Morgerman will present his Patricia chase at this conference.)


Experienced on camera, on air, and before large audiences, Morgerman appears regularly on The Weather Channel and other national and worldwide news outlets. His data are regularly used by the NHC.

 Jaime Rhome

 Storm Surge Unit - National Hurricane Center |

Jamie Rhome is the Storm Surge Specialist and Team Lead at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, and serves as a subject matter expert on storm surge and coastal inundation for the National Weather Service’s hurricane program. He is also the NOAA representative for the tri-agency (NOAA, FEMA, Army Corp. of Engineers) National Hurricane Program (NHP). Mr. Rhome oversees the National Hurricane Center’s Storm Surge Unit, which produces official storm surge forecasts during tropical cyclone threats to the United States, supports the Nation’s hurricane warning program, and facilitates post-storm response and recovery efforts. During the offseason, he leads storm surge research and development activities at the NHC including updates to the storm surge modeling system, development of new products, and post-storm analysis and validation studies. Mr. Rhome also participates in the National Hurricane Center’s outreach program by participating in hurricane preparedness activities, addressing government, industrial, and private groups, participating in panel discussions, and partaking in numerous radio and television media interviews.

 Ed Piotrowski

 Chief Meteorologist - WPDE |

Ed Piotrowski is ABC 15's Chief Meteorologist. He has spent his entire 25 year broadcast career in the coastal Carolinas. He earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University, received Magna Cum Laude honors and holds the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.


In his 22 years in South Carolina, Ed has been named Best Weathercaster in the state twice by the South Carolina Associated Press, Best of the Beach 13 years in a row, and was nominated for the National Hurricane Center's Media Award for outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about hurricanes and hurricane preparedness.

 Rob Fowler

 Chief Meteorologist - WCBD|

Rob Fowler has been Storm Team 2’s Chief Meteorologist since September 1987.

Before arriving in Charleston, Rob worked at TV Stations in Savannah, Georgia, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Rob is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded the Seals of Approval from both weather organizations.


Rob earned a communications degree from Georgia Southern University and his Broadcast Meteorology Certification from Mississippi State University. He has also studied weather and Oceanography at Portland State University in Oregon.  Following coverage of Hurricane Hugo, Rob was named “Meteorologist of the Year” by the National Weather Association. Rob has also been recognized as the state of South Carolina Weather Broadcaster of the Year in 1997, and won the Best Meteorologist in the Carolinas in 2000 from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Bryan Luhn

News Director  - WCBD|

Bryan Luhn is a seasoned broadcast manager with nearly 20 years experience in local newsrooms across the country. He has a passion for breaking news, weather, creative storytelling and enterprise reporting.  He has field produced live events, including hurricanes.  He produced a three-hour morning show for the Weather Channel, "Day Planner" and a four hour weekend morning show "Weekend View."  He assisted in assigning weather stories and crews, utilizing creative SNG and ENG elements.  He began his career as a reporter/producer in Sherman, Texas.

Steve Bray

Director of Broadcast Meteorology - Baron Services|

Steve Bray is the Director of Broadcast Meteorology for Baron Services. Located in Huntsville AL, Baron has led the weather industry in severe weather solutions along with state of the art radar technology, and superior data development. Bray works with client stations to get the most out of Baron products and services. He also assists with new development efforts.


Joining Baron in August of last year, Bray previously served as the news director at WISH-TV, Indianapolis, Ind. His career at WISH-TV began in 1995 when he started as a weekend meteorologist and moved into the role of Chief in 2000. Along the way Bray held multiple titles at WISH-TV including news and weather operations manager, and science and technology editor, giving him an in-depth understanding of many areas within the broadcast television market. In 2013 and 2014, his team received the regional Edward R. Murrow award for Overall Excellence. Recipient of the AMS Seal of Approval, Bray also earned honors from the Associated Press, as well as Regional Emmys, Broadcast Association Spectrum Awards and more. Prior to his career at WISH, he served as the chief meteorologist at WAND-TV, KPLC-TV, and WALA-TV. Bray has a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University. Through his career he has traveled to cover major storms including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Andrew.

Joe Witte


Joe Witte is currently a researcher at the Goddard Spaceflight Center specializing in Visual Communication of Climate Science and Television news visualizations. He adapts science content for use by 1,300 television meteorologists around the country.[1]


Witte left television after a long career in meteorology. Most recently he was the morning and midday weathercaster for TBD TV, a local cable news network owned by Albritton Communication headquartered in Rosslyn, VA and serving the Washington, D.C area.  Witte has worked for WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, and WNBC-TV in New York City, as well as at stations in Seattle, Milwaukee and Philadelphia. While at WNBC-TV, he was the longtime weatherman on the morning program Today in New York. Witte served as the weatherman for the former NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise from 1983 to 1999, and as the weatherman for Sunday Today from 1992 to 1999. Witte has also filled in for John Coleman on ABC's Good Morning America, and for Willard Scott, and Al Roker on NBC's Today Show. He helped make John Coleman's beta project tape for the initial Weather Channel. Witte then served 4 years reporting on the weather's effects on the business world for CNBC from 1999 to 2003.[2] He continues to perform voiceover work for sponsor idents that appear before some segments of NBC's Today.


Witte has often reported on NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC as a weather expert and was chief meteorologist for NBC's Super Channel NBC Asia, and NBC Europe. He has also made appearances as a meteorologist on MSNBC. Witte was on the air non-stop for Hurricane Gloria in 1985, and also for the Blizzard of 1996 for over eight hours each for both events. Local Emmys for Blizzard of 1996 and 2003's Hurricane Isabel are among his awards.

Jeffrey Simmons

Acting Senior Deputy Director - Bahamas Dept. of Meteorology |

Jeffrey Simmons started working with The Bahamas Department of Meteorology in September 1979 as a Meteorological Observer.  From January 1986 to July 1987 he attended the Caribbean Meteorological Institute (now Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology) in Husbands Barbados where he obtained a WMO Certificate in Weather Forecasting.  This was the beginning of Jeffrey’s forecasting career.  In 1994 Jeffrey graduated from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus with a BSc Degree in Meteorology and Mathematics.  He then furthered his studies at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Oceanography / Coastal Zone Management in 2002.    Jeffrey now serves as Senior Deputy Director of The Bahamas Department of Meteorology where supervising the preparation of Hurricane Forecast for the entire Commonwealth of The Bahamas is among his responsibilities.




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