NSSL and SPC host WeatherNews, Inc. executives

Executives from WeatherNews, Inc., the largest and most diversified privately owned weather and environmental information company in the world, met recently with two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration organizations in Norman, Okla. during a weeklong visit to the state.

Jeff Kimpel, Director of the National Severe Storms Laboratory and Russell Schneider, Science Support Branch Chief for the Storm Prediction Center, met with WNI founder and global CEO Hiro Ishibashi to explore possible collaboration with NOAA, the University of Oklahoma and private sector weather groups in Norman.

While in Oklahoma, Ishibashi and Governor Frank Keating announced strategic business and economic development ties between the company and the state of Oklahoma. This significant alliance will encourage local economic development and growth for Oklahoma’s weather-related industries on both a national and global level, and position the state as a powerful leader in meteorological sciences.

Executives from WeatherNews, Inc met with NOAA organizations in Norman.

(left to right) Bruno de Lorenzis, WNI Vice President of Research and Development, Frank Boman, WNI Forecast Operations Center Manager, Dr. Russell Schneider, Storm Prediction Center Science Support Branch Chief, Jeremy Usher, WNI President and CEO, Hiroyoshi Ishibashi, WNI Founder and Global CEO, Robert A Doornbos Jr., WNI Forecast Systems Group Leader, Dr. Elbert “Joe” Friday, WNI Board member and Director of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council, and James Kimpel, National Severe Storms Laboratory Director.