Thursday, February 25, 2016

WKCTC to feature weather expert March 7

Weather in western Kentucky can change considerably from day to day and predicting these changes is the job of Beau Dodson, a local meteorologist who will share his expertise during an upcoming science seminar at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will be held Monday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to noon in Waller Hall, Room 112.

“It’s been said that ‘if you don’t like the weather in western Kentucky, just stick around because it’s going to change quickly,’” said Dr. Karen Hlinka, WKCTC science and mathematics division dean and science seminar co-coordinator. “We are excited to have Beau on campus to give us insights into the ever-changing field of meteorology.”

Studying weather since the age of eight, Dodson followed his passion for meteorology after graduating from Mississippi State University. He served ten years as a volunteer meteorologist for McCracken County Emergency Management and continues to assist the Rescue Squad when needed. Dodson was on the lead team that opened the largest American Red Cross Shelter in U.S. history at the Houston Astrodome following Hurricane Katrina.

Dodson has received multiple awards and honors including the 2009 Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Award for Excellence, Six Who Makes A Difference Award, and the Caesar Fiamma Volunteer Service Award. He is also one of less than 200 people in the United States to have been awarded the Mark Trail Awards in Washington D.C., which honors individuals and organizations that use or provide NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receivers or transmitters to save lives and protect property.

Dodson currently serves as President of the Shadow Angel Foundation, Chief Meteorologist of WeatherTalk LLC, and is a local business owner in western Kentucky.

For more information about the seminar, contact Dr. Karen Hlinka at (270) 534-3236 or