Meteorology Presentation Scheduled for Science Saturday on March 30th

Revolutionizing Weather Forecasting: Michael Folmer Discusses Latest Techniques and Initiatives at Science Saturday

On March 30, 2024, Michael Folmer, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, Md., will be presenting at Science Saturday via Zoom at 11 a.m. The event is organized by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and is free for all attendees.

During his presentation titled “Forecasting the Weather From the Open Ocean to the Jersey Shore,” Folmer will discuss his work in providing life-saving forecast products and Impact-Based Decision Support Services for various entities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, cruise lines, the cargo industry, and mariners who travel beyond 60 nautical miles offshore. In addition, he will highlight the Jersey Shore Mesonet, which consists of a network of automated weather stations, including the one at LBIF, and the ongoing efforts to expand this network.

Despite his background in tropical meteorology, Folmer has shifted his focus to satellite and mid-latitude weather in recent years. Prior to his current role at the OPC, he served as the satellite liaison for various satellite programs at different weather centers. Interested individuals can register for the Science Saturday lectures online at or through LBIF’s subscriber emails.

For more information about upcoming Science Saturdays and other events at the Foundation, you can contact the LBIF at 609-494-1241, visit their website at or follow them on social media.

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