Meteorologist Michael Folmer to Speak on Forecasting Weather from Open Ocean to Jersey Shore at Science Saturday

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, will be presenting at Science Saturday on March 30, 2024. The session will be held at 11 a.m. on Zoom and is organized by the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.

Folmer’s presentation will focus on “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. He will also discuss his work with 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 in future presentations.

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 online or through emails sent by LBIF to subscribers, visit or call 609-494-1241 for more information about upcoming Science Saturdays and other programming at the Foundation. You can also follow LBIF on social media for updates and announcements about their events and initiatives.

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