CIMMS at NSSL: Kent Knopfmeier

Kent Knopfmeier, Research Associate (CIMMS/NSSL)

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Background: M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University (2007)
B.S. Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University (2005)

Experience: Kent is originally from Evansville, Indiana and remained in-state to attend Purdue University, where he earned both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in atmospheric science. He came to CIMMS/NSSL on June 15, 2009, as a research associate with the Forecast Research and Development Division’s Warn-on-Forecast group.  During his early days with the Lab, Kent was advised by longtime NSSL Research Scientist Dr. Dave Stensrud, who is currently a meteorology professor and department head at Penn State University.

What He Does: Since May 1, 2013, Kent has been the NSSL Liaison to the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed. He is the co-developer and manager of NSSL’s Experimental Warn-on-Forecast System. He also manages the HWT’s Experimental Forecast Program website and helps to facilitate the EFP each spring. This year, the Spring Forecasting Experiment will run from May 2 – June 3. You can learn more about the EFP here and Warn-on-Forecast here.

Trivia: Kent is an avid fan of Purdue athletics, and enjoys both watching and playing sports – particularly basketball and golf. With friends, he likes to participate in live team trivia and group card games (especially Euchre). His favorite place to visit is Colorado.