The Pennsylvania State Climate Office is an active collaborator with the Pennsylvania State University Meteorology Department. Through this partnership, meteorology students have an excellent opportunity to serve the climatological needs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through an apprenticeship program.
The State Climate Office offers a variety of services to all residents as well as commercial and industrial interests. Reconstruction of weather events, seasonal weather summaries, professional analysis of natural disasters, and archived temperature and precipitation are some of the services provided, and can prove to be extremely helpful by assisting:
- Insurance Claims - Agricultural Community - Lawyers - Construction Contractors - Media Organizations - Schools - Energy Industry - Water Managers - General Public
About the Climate Office and its Contributors:
Reestablished in 1994, the state climate office of Pennsylvania is commissioned by the Penn State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to serve residents of the Commonwealth. Organizations that significantly assist the office in achieving its mission serving the climatological data needs of the state of Pennsylvania include The College of Agricultural Science; The National Weather Service, Eastern Region; The National Climatic Data Center; and The Northeast Regional Climate Center.
Climate Office Staff:
Paul Knight, Pennsylvania State Climatologist
Paul Knight has been the Pennsylvania State Climatologist since 1994. He is also a senior lecturer of synoptic meteorology at Penn State University. He teaches courses in Weather Prediction, Mesoscale Forecasting, Mesoscale Topics, Forensic Meteorology and Weather Communications. His research interest lies in pattern recognition and its application to artificial intelligence in forecasting significant weather events. Paul has been a senior forecaster for The New York Times since 1986. He, along with four other colleagues, produces the weather page for the Times each day. Paul has also been the producer, co-host and on-camera meteorologist for WPSU-TV's Weather World, a fifteen minute, weeknight weather magazine show seen on Pennsylvania PBS stations since 1983 and since 2004 on PCN.
Paul was a team forecaster for Wyoming Centennial Expedition to Mount Everest. He was co-chairman of the National Collegiate Weather Forecasting Contest for six years. Paul holds the American Meteorological Society's and National Weather Association's Television Seal of Approval and is a certified consulting meteorologist and is the current president of the American Association of State Climatologists. He received the Wilson Award in 1994, the highest teaching award for the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences at Penn State, the AMS Broadcast award and Pennsylvania Broadcaster of the Year award both in 2003. He has been quoted in more than 100 newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic and has appeared on ABC, CBS and NBC national news as well as FOX News.
Paul lives in State College with his wife, both his children attended Penn State.
Chad Bahrmann, System Analyst and Manager
Chad Bahrmann began working with the Pennsylvania State Climate Office during the summer of 2003. Chad is currently a Research Assistant in the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University.
Prior to moving to State College Chad was a Research Associate for the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma from 1997-2002. While at the University of Oklahoma Chad served as the Associate Site Scientist for the Dept. of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Southern Great Plains Site. It was in this position that Chad gained extensive experience in data acquisition, storage, and quality assurance/control procedures. Chad brings this knowledge to the Pennsylvania State Climate Office where his primary responsibilities will be as a System Analyst and Manager.
Chad grew up in Schenectady, NY but has spent significant amounts of time living in Raleigh, NC Ponca City, OK and Norman, OK while pursuing his academic and post academic goals. Chad has a B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta and an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University.
Sonya Miller joined the Climate Office in September 2005. She currently works on several projects within the Climate Office and the Penn State Department of Meteorology.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Sonya spent 7 years working in the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where she helped develop global coupled climate models.
Sonya was raised in Cary, North Carolina. She has a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State and a M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State. Sonya and her husband currently reside in State College.
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