WSWX is comprised of an Associate Professor of Meteorology, a staff Visual Designer and Science Communicator, and an undergraduate Computer Scientist at Western Kentucky University
who have each devoted their efforts toward providing focus-based real-time observations and forecast weather content to the WKU campus and community for the purposes of hazards mitigation, and emergency preparedness and management.
Our mission is to serve the university with pertinent weather information and applications to work with decision-makers on various campus operations. We are also driven by merging professional practice with student engagement. Given this, we are further staffed by nine undergraduate Storm Spotter and Emergency Management responders, one Lead and three General undergraduate Forecasters, and one undergraduate Social Media Director.
We have developed a variety of exciting across-campus, interdisciplinary, and local and regional community and business relationships! We are proud partners with our colleagues at the WKU Department of Environmental Health and Safety, WeatherSTEM, the National Weather Service-Louisville, the Warren County Emergency Management Office, the WKU Police Department, WKU Athletics, including the WKU Football and WKU Baseball Programs, WKU IMREC - Intramurals, WKU Information Technology, WKU University College, WKU Regional Campuses, WKU Parking & Transportation, WKU Agriculture, and with WKU Meteorology Alumni at Wx Or Not BG.
Given the robust and innovative university weather monitoring, prediction, and alert notification operations, health and safety emergency response action plans, and captivating outreach education initiatives provided by White Squirrel Weather and its community partners, WKU is officially designated as a StormReady® University by the National Weather Service, and we have been accepted to serve as a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. Further, WKU is accredited by the National Safety Council as a Safe Community. WKU is the fourth university, and 25th community to receive this accreditation.
If you are interested in more information regarding White Squirrel Weather, establishing an official community partnership with us, or are interested in provided public or privatized service capabilities herein, please contact Dr. Josh Durkee (270.745.8777).
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