Episode 47: Dashing Through the Snow - Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter weather in New Jersey can encompass a wide range of hazards—from a moderate snow over a few hours, to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow, to severe coastal or ice jam flooding. Additionally, many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain, all of which can harm vehicles, property, and people. New Jersey residents should take the time to prepare their homes and vehicles for the upcoming winter season and ensure they know how to travel safely in hazardous conditions.

Principal Planner Erin Henry from our Preparedness Bureau brings several experts to Intelligence. Unclassified. in an effort to prepare our listeners for the approaching winter season.                                                                                                                                

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DR. DAVE ROBINSON

New Jersey State Climatologist, Department of Geography, Rutgers University

Dr. David A. Robinson is a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and also serves as New Jersey’s State Climatologist. He earned a doctorate in earth sciences at Columbia University prior to arriving at Rutgers. Dave's research interests are in applied climate, especially related to New Jersey, and in climate dynamics and change, particularly focused on global snow cover. He is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cryosphere chapter and to national climate assessments, and sits on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Dr. Robinson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, has been named a NOAA Environmental Hero, and is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists.


JOE MIKETTA

Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service (Mount Holly, NJ)

Joe has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service Forecast Office (WFO) in Mount Holly, NJ since 1994.  In this capacity he serves as the customer service representative for county and state emergency managers in New Jersey, Delaware, the upper eastern shore of Maryland, and eastern Pennsylvania.  Joe is also responsible for ensuring products and services from WFO Mount Holly meet the expectations and the needs of the people who live and work in the WFO Mount Holly area of responsibility. Since the beginning of this past summer, Joe has also been the acting Meteorologist-in-Charge of the office until a permanent replacement is selected.  Prior assignments with the National Weather Service include forecasting positions in Silver Spring MD, Princeton NJ, Tucson AZ, Harrisburg PA, and State College PA.  Joe earned two academic degrees: a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Administration from the University of Arizona.


ANDREW TUNNARD

Assistant Commissioner, Operations, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Andrew Tunnard joined NJDOT in July 2011 where he served as the Executive Director, Operations before his promotion to Assistant Commissioner, Operations in April 2014. Andrew is a retired Navy Commander where he served for more than 22 years in both active duty and reserve duty assignments. During his military career he was involved in Operation Desert Storm; Operation Restore Hope (Somalia); Operation Enduring Freedom and the Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Andrew also has more than 13 years of private sector managerial experience where his responsibilities included running operations domestically and internationally. As Assistant Commissioner of Operations Andrew is responsible for more than 1,300 personnel and more than 20,000 pieces of equipment to maintain NJDOT's transportation infrastructure. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and his Masters in Business Administration from Marywood University.