Description of Lecture: This lecture will discuss how aviators produce and use aviation weather observations for flight planning and real-time decision-making. Insights from past and ongoing research efforts at Florida Tech sponsored by the FAA will highlight this exploration into weather information used by pilots.

Presented by: Mr. Michael E. Splitt

About the Presenter: Mr. Michael E. Splitt obtained a B.S. in Meteorology at Northern Illinois University in 1986. After working at the National Weather Service in Muskegon, Michigan, he headed to graduate school in Oklahoma to continue his studies in meteorology and chase tornadoes. Mr. Splitt earned an M.S. in Meteorology (1991) and was certified in secondary science education (1992). As an assistant site scientist for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) Program Southern Great Plains Site in Oklahoma, he focused on instrumentation quality control for various sensors, including atmospheric soundings systems, surface radiometers, and surface flux systems, and water vapor sensors. He also provided weather forecast guidance for intensive observation periods, which included aircraft operations. Mr. Splitt transitioned to the University of Utah in 1998, where he worked on what is now known as MesoWest and was part of the weather support team for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He joined Florida Tech in 2003 and became faculty in the College of Aeronautics in 2016.

Mr. Splitt has published in several different areas, and his diverse research interests include:

- aviation meteorology

- tropical cyclone wind probabilities

- air-sea interaction

- meteorological aspects of thunderstorms producing transient luminous events such as gigantic jets and terrestrial gamma-ray flashes

- currently involved as an investigator in the FAA PEGASUS program along with other Florida Tech Faculty

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  • Occurred Thursday, October 14th, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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