“The Use of Computer Technology in Meteorological Education and the Review of Weather Data”

Troy Kimmel
Chief Meteorologist, KVET / KASE / KFMK Radio and Adjunct Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

Chief Meteorologist, KVET / KASE / KFMK Radio (Clear Channel Radio)
Adjunct Lecturer, Studies in Weather and Climate
Manager, Weather and Climate Resource Center
Department of Geography and the Environment,
University of Texas at Austin
Meteorologist / Manager, KimCo Meteorological Services

Troy Kimmel, a native Texan, has been involved in broadcast meteorology even before his graduation from Texas A & M University (B.S., Geography) in 1984.

Starting in television back in 1978 at KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, as Weather Director, he was responsible for the weeknight weathercasts. In 1984, he moved to KVUE 24 Television (ABC) in Austin where he worked for almost ten years. Since then he has worked, in Austin, as Chief Meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority as well as with KTBC/Fox 7 Television and most recently (until December 2003) as Chief Meteorologist with KEYE Television. In 1997, he joined KVET/KASE/KFMK Radio Stations in Austin in his current position as Chief Meteorologist.

Kimmel has been involved in teaching, as well, since August 1987, as Lecturer in Studies in Weather and Climate in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches an introductory class entitled Weather and Climate as well as an upper level division class entitled Severe and Unusual Weather. He also serves as Manager of the Weather and Climate Resource Center in the Department of Geography and the Environment.

As owner of KimCo Meteorological Services, he provides meteorological data and services to companies. Since 1990, he has also worked as Team Meteorologist with the football program at Texas A & M University providing game day and practice forecasts.

A strong proponent of continuing education for broadcast meteorologists, Kimmel has been tested and met the qualifications as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. In addition, he holds his Radio and Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and his Television Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association. He also holds a National Weather Service Certificate of Authority to take Basic Aviation Weather Observations. He has made several presentations at American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association meetings. In addition, he is author of several publications including Inclement/Severe Weather and Extreme
Temperature/Precipitation/Wind/Pressure Climatology for Austin and South Central Texas (2000), SkyWarn – A Guide for National Weather Service Spotters in South Central Texas (1997), Central Texas Law Enforcement Weather Spotting/Information/Safety Handbook (1997), as well as the USA Broadcast Meteorologist/Weathercaster Directory (1999).

Kimmel lives in Austin and volunteers for several local agencies including AIDS Services of Austin as well as the Austin Police Department Training Academy and the Austin Airport Police Department through the Austin Police Civil Defense Battalion and the Austin Police Department Auxiliary Search and Rescue Team.