Severe Storms Engineering

Online /
Aug 20 - 21, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0325-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the impacts of meteorological hazards such as flood, drought, wind, ice, extreme heat and extreme cold to the vulnerability and longevity of both built and temporary infrastructure.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of traditional weather hazard severity classification guidance, including the Enhanced Fujita scale (tornadoes) and the Saffir Simpson scale (hurricane).
  • Anticipate future changes to weather hazard frequency and intensity in a changing climate.
  • Integrate lessons learned from previous weather hazards and post-disaster damage surveys to inform the development of building strategies focused on adaptation and resiliency.

Severe Storms Engineering is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand, assess, and mitigate the impacts of weather hazards on engineering infrastructure, both built and temporary. A modern-day exploration of the lessons of our childhood such as Humpty Dumpty and the Three Little Pigs will provide a fun, engaging and novel approach to learning about severe weather and our engineered surroundings.

This course integrates principles from meteorology, hydrology, structural engineering, emergency management and risk analysis to provide a basic understanding of the challenges posed by severe weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, ice and snow, droughts and extreme heat and cold.

Throughout the course, students will explore the fundamental concepts underlying the formation of weather hazards and their destructive outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on identifying the key factors that contribute to the intensity and frequency of these hazards, as well as the typical damage profiles observed. By the end of the course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to contribute to the development of resilient and sustainable engineering systems that can withstand the impacts of severe weather in an increasingly uncertain climate.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers, meteorologists, city planners, and decision and policymakers who are interested in creating more resilient communities in the face of weather hazards. Whether your interests are residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, tourism or entertainment/large event space, each is impacted by weather hazards in a unique way. In addition, anyone with an interest in future weather conditions and personal strategies to adapt and respond to create a more resilient citizenry is encouraged to attend.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Course Outline

  • Meteorological Fundamentals: An overview of atmospheric processes and the development of severe weather hazards.
  • Hydrological Principles: Understanding precipitation patterns, flood dynamics, hydrological forecasting, flood plain determination and recurrence expectations.
  • Structural Vulnerability: Assessing the susceptibility of engineering infrastructure to severe weather hazards, including wind loading, flooding, and debris impact.
  • Resilient Design Strategies: Strategies for designing and retrofitting infrastructure to enhance resilience against severe weather events, including building codes, drainage systems, and coastal protection measures.
  • Risk Assessment and Management: Techniques for quantifying and managing risks associated with severe weather events, including probabilistic modelling, cost-benefit analysis, and severe weather engineering under uncertainty inherent in weather hazard expectation.
  • Case Studies and Successful Practices: Examination of real-world examples of severe weather impacts on engineering infrastructure, along with best practices for mitigating risks and enhancing resilience against climate change.

Day 1 Morning Block - “I’ve Looked at Clouds That Way…”

Climatology of severe weather events, with extra attention given to windstorms (straight-line winds, gusts, hurricanes, tornadoes). Rainstorms, lightning storms, winter storms, extreme heat and extreme cold will also be covered.

Day 1 Afternoon Block - “That Never Happened Here Before…”

Frequency of occurrence and location of the weather hazards covered in the Day 1 Morning Block, including potential changes to the strength, frequency and location of these hazards because of climate change.

Day 2 Morning Block - “If You Build It…”

A review of post-weather hazard damage survey reports in all types of weather, including lessons learned from various damage scales such as the F-scale, EF-scale, Saffir Simpson scale, etc.

Day 2 Afternoon Block - “If I Had a Hammer…”

Building codes and recommendations regarding engineering the built environment against severe storms. Special attention will be given to study locations where large gatherings occur (i.e., schools, large employers, arenas and stadia, shelters, etc.)


Kevin Kloesel

Dr. Kevin Kloesel is Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and University Meteorologist and Emergency Manager for the Department of Campus Safety at the University of Oklahoma.

Kevin is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Department of Campus Safety before, during and after weather threats of all types on the OU Campus. He also provides support to the OU Executive Policy Group in severe and winter weather situations to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads high-impact weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps. Kevin provides weather forecasts and decision support for OU Athletics, the Pride of Oklahoma, OU Spirit groups and for the Sooner Radio Network.

He also serves on the Health and Wellness captions of multiple touring world class corps for Drum Corps International. In addition, Kevin serves as Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, one of the largest such Surveys in the country. OCS is charged with providing weather and climate data, analysis and expertise to stakeholders and decision makers throughout the state and operates the Oklahoma Mesonet weather observing network. He also serves on the State of Oklahoma Hazard Mitigation Task Force and Oklahoma Drought and Flood Task Force.

Kevin is a tenured Associate Professor with teaching and research interests ranging from synoptic meteorology to societal impacts and decision-making in weather-impacted situations. He led the teams that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma, as well as awards from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kevin was awarded the American Meteorological Society's 2015 Charles Anderson Award for "over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and underrepresented groups through community outreach and academic leadership."

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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