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How Often Are Meteorologists Right? 

Weather is extremely important to the agricultural sector but it can be extremely unpredictable. How are meteorologists forecasting the weather and how often are they right? This week on Seed Speaks we’ll be hearing from experts in the weather sector to learn more about the accuracy of the forecasts they make.

Our expert panelists will share background on the data they use to predict weather as well as the time and training they put in to be at the positions they are in now. Learn about the accuracy of weather predictions and how often meteorologists are right.

On Dec. 6 at 12:00 CST, Seed Speaks will host three expert panelists to discuss the accuracy of weather predictions and how often meteorologists are right. Joining us are:

Matt Dixon, senior meteorologist at the University of Kentucky Ag Weather Center. Dixon has been a meteorologist at the University of Kentucky Ag Weather Center since 2012. Operating within the cooperative extension service, the main goal of the Ag Weather Center is to minimize weather and climate-related surprise for Kentucky residents, with emphasis on the agriculture sector and production/management-related decisions. Prior to joining the university, Dixon obtained his bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences from Purdue University. He then went on to Mississippi State University, where he obtained a master’s degree in geosciences with concentration in applied meteorology.

Scott Kehler, president and chief scientist at Weatherlogics Inc. Kehler is a meteorologist with a master’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Manitoba. Throughout his career, Kehler has been dedicated to producing innovative weather technology. He has led the development of new weather platforms for the agriculture, insurance and transportation industries. While most of his work involves creating new technology, Kehler still enjoys producing daily forecasts for clients and is often involved with preparing forecasts for high-impact storms.

Allison Plumadore, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Plumadore has been a National Weather Service meteorologist since August, 2021. She pursued an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science and a master’s degree in geodata science at Purdue University. Plumadore uses advanced weather prediction models, satellite imagery, and radar technology to help provide accurate and timely forecasts. She has worked with her team during major weather events including Hurricane Ian and on a support team for Hurricane Idalia in her time with the National Weather Service. 

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