George R. Kasica
Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting

On a personal note I've been working since November of 1989 starting at AgriData Resources. I currently work an independant computer consultant and part time EMT. I also have had 3 cats and 1 dog. The Beast,  a Domestic Short haired Tortoise Shell Female born on 8/1/88 and whom passed away peacefully on 3/19/01. The second of the other cats is MR. Tibbs - he was a purebred Blue Maine Coon cat (he lookedgray to me) born on 8/1/90. I got him in December of 1990. He was very special to me since he was 'my' cat. He had epilepsy and had been receiving medication twice a day since November of 1992 buried in a piece of cheese and was doing just great until he passed away peacefully at the age of 15.5 years on 5/24/06. The newest kitty is Nazarene (born 6./1/99 whom I got from the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) in Waukesha WI on 3/28/01 where she had been since 12/16/00. She is about 7 years old and VERY loving. If you click above on her name you can see her page as well. The newest addition is a red female Standard Poodle puppy named Ginger that I got on 3/3/02. You can see her pictures and story by clicking on her name.

My interest in meteorology goes back to probably 4th grade when I got a Skillcraft Weather Forecasting set for Christmas. I was hooked. From that time I have had an avid interest in weather and have progressed over the years in both type and quality of instruments. I currently have a Davis Vantage Pro Plus Wireless station that you can see readings on from Jackson WI by clicking the Jackson WI link. I've also got a keen interest in electronics, radio and computers and I've combined that with my weather interests. My first Computer Program on a TI-99/4A was a weather program to calculate dew point, relative humidity and other values given sling psychrometer readings and station pressure from a real mercury barometer which I still have and use (yes, it has survived 5 moves over 15 years and continues to perform perfectly. In college at UW-Milwaukee from August 1984-May 1989 I took about every weather class I could find, however I got stopped from a meteorology degree by the upper level mathematics. I obtained my Amateur Radio license in January 2002 and operate mostly on local 2 meter bands as a Skywarn Storm Spotter in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington Counties here in WI. I'm also an active Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and work with several local area organizations to help when needed.

So that's a little about me and my past encounters with Meteorology. I hope to complete the courses here and get the Certificate in Weather Forecasting in Spring 2007.

You can reach me either through PSU E-mail at grk127@psu.edu or my personal E-Mail of georgek@netwrx1.com.



 

Project 1: Lessons learned from my forecasting experiences in the "Weather Station"

METEO101 Consolidated Weather Links Page




METEO 241 Portfolio #1: Remote sensing as it relates to tropical cyclones
METEO 241 Portfolio #2: The 1982-83 El Nino and it's effects
METEO 241 Portfolio #3: Hurricane structure analysis of hurricane Rita 2005
METEO 241 Portfolio #4: My Week as Weather Briefer September 18-24, 2006



METEO 361 Portfolio #1: Analysis and breakdown of a Mesoscale discussion
METEO 361 Portfolio #2: Analysis of a synoptically caused thunderstorm
METEO 361 Portfolio #3: Supercell Tornadogenesis


 
METEO 410 Portfolio #1: Analysis of Forecasts for San Antonio, Texas
METEO 410 Portfolio #2: Forecast Analysis for San Antonio, Texas and International Falls, Minnesota
METEO 410 Portfolio #3: Forecast Analysis for Tucson, Arizona, Atlantic City, New Jersey and Rapid City South Dakota
METEO 410 Portfolio #4: Reflections on the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program