Expert Weather Forecasting: Michael Folmer’s Journey from Tropical Meteorology to Satellite and Mid-Latitude Weather

Upcoming Science Saturday: Weather Forecasting Discussion on March 30

Michael Folmer, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, Md., is set to present at Science Saturday on March 30, 2024. The session will be held at 11 a.m. via Zoom and is organized by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. All Science Saturday sessions are free to attend.

Folmer’s presentation will focus on his work in “Forecasting the Weather From the Open Ocean to the Jersey Shore,” where he provides forecast products and Impact-Based Decision Support Services to various entities, including the U.S. Coast Guard, cruise lines, the cargo industry, and everyday mariners who venture beyond 60 nautical miles offshore. The talk will also touch on the Jersey Shore Mesonet, a network of automated weather stations that includes the LBIF weather station. Folmer and his colleagues plan to expand this network further.

Although Folmer has a background in tropical meteorology, his main focuses now include satellite and mid-latitude weather. Prior to his current role at OPC, he served as the satellite liaison for several satellite programs, gaining expertise in the field. To register for Science Saturday lectures, visit or email subscribers directly with registration information. For more information about upcoming Science Saturdays and other programming at LBIF, call 609-494-1241 or follow them on social media.

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