WeatherCall President/Meteorologist Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch at the AMS WeatherFest
If you’re new to WeatherCall, you may not realize that one of the founders of the company is a meteorologist. Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch began the company in 2007 with a desire to not only provide real weather safety value to citizens, but also contribute to the future of the weather industry. That’s why she and others on the team regularly attend the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society. This year was the AMS’ 97th gathering, held in New Orleans January 10-14th. It is a huge event with hundreds of educational symposiums and workshops on a wide variety of subjects within the weather field. Experts from all over the world attend from government, academic, and the private sector. A great opportunity to network and catch up with old friends who work in the industry and meet new ones.
The two days prior to the official start of the meeting are dedicated to student and public outreach. The WeatherCall team volunteers for these activities, a reflection of our belief in giving back to our community. On Saturday, there was a career fair where students pursuing degrees in the atmospheric sciences got to interact with seasoned professionals in the field from NWS forecasters, managers, academic researchers, professors, and practitioners in the private weather sector industry.
Sunday morning was the 3rd Weather Ready Nation Scouting Event. Some 200-300 participating Scouts learned about weather and emergency management. By completing the various workstations, they were able to earn a Weather Ready Nation patch and complete their Weather Merit Badge as well.
Volunteering at the Scouting Badge event. Bob Goldhammer, WeatherCall Enterprise Representative, put his emergency management and geoscience background to good use:
Elizabeth Paynter, WeatherCall’s Customer Service Manager, demonstrates how the tilt of the Earth’s affects weather with Eli Jacks, from NWS Headquarters Forecast Services Division. Elizabeth is the mother of 2 Scouts pursuing their Eagle rank:
WeatherCall President/Meteorologist Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch with retired National Hurricane Center Director, Bill Read:
WeatherCall President/Meteorologist, Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch with NWS Director, Dr. Louis Uccellini. WeatherCall is a trusted Core Partner of the National Weather Service and one of the first Weather Ready Nation Ambassador companies:
WeatherCall President/Meteorologist Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch with Accuweather Enterprise Services EVP Mike Smith at his AMS 23/5 (TED format) talk at the New Orleans Convention Center. Valerie considers Mike a mentor, and described his presentation as an uplifting and excellent talk about the value of the weather enterprise to the American public. To watch it, click on this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Opx7M7n_g&feature=youtu.be
WeatherCall President/Meteorologist Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch with longtime friend, Max Mayfield. Max was the National Hurricane Center Director during Hurricane Katrina:
With Gerry Creager, a researcher at the National Severe Storms laboratory, located at the National Weather Center on the University of Oklahoma campus. Gerry was a member of the NWS “Polygon Development Team” who created Storm Based Warnings, which is the engine that drives WeatherCall, and why our warnings are so accurate. There’s a lot of good science behind the WeatherCall warnings, and it’s always great to interact with the scientists and developers of this advanced technology:
Valerie Sanders Ritterbusch with Mike Hudson, Operations Manager for the NWS Central Region Headquarters in Kansas City. Mike uses WeatherCall himself as do many NWS employees, who experience firsthand, quality manner WeatherCall process and delivers their storm based warnings: