Western Kentucky University

Meteorology Program

WKU meteorology students present research at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

WKU students pose with a tornado near Campo, CO during the 2010 Field Methods in Weather Analysis and Forecasting course.

WKU was designated as a StormReady® University in the Spring 2013 Semester by the NWS. Meteorologists from the NWS in Louisville and WKU President Gary Ransdell were on hand for the designation presentation on March 20th.

WKU Storm Team along with Shane Holinde (WBKO) with visit with TV meteorologist Wayne Hart of WEHT in Henderson, KY.

Kyle Mattingly, a 2012 WKU alum and current graduate student at the University of Georgia, received the NWA's Meteorological Satellite Applications Award Grant for his research on Large, Long-Lived Convective Systems Over Subtropical South America.

John Gordon, meteorologist-in-charge from the National Weather Service Louisville, speaks to WKU meteorology students after he and Ted Funk came down to give a discussion.

WKU students explain simple meteorological experiments at the 2012 Nashville Severe Weather Awareness Day.


   WKU Meteorology Program

The B.S. in Meteorology degree at WKU is the only meteorology program in Kentucky or Tennessee that meets all the Federal Civil Service requirements (GS-1340) for employment by the National Weather Service and enables TV broadcast meteorologists to immediately pursue the "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" program of the American Meteorological Society upon graduation.  In addition to preparing students for immediate employment as meteorologists, the combination of advanced theoretical and applied coursework as well as experience with meteorological instrumentation and computer programming will provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate school in the atmospheric sciences.  Students will become more directly involved in faculty-sponsored research, increased co-authorship of peer-reviewed research articles, and increased presentation of research results at professional meetings and conferences.


Storm Chase Course


Each May, 6-8 WKU meteorology students embark on a 2 week journey to the US Great Plains to forecast and find severe weather.  Dr. Durkee and Dr. Dixon lead this storm chasing course more formally known as Field Methods in Weather Analysis & Forecasting. The course is offered as a capstone experience class for upper-level meteorology majors. To learn more about this course at WKU, click here.


Alumni Spotlight

 Photo of Danny Gant a WKU 2010 Meteorology Alum   

Danny Gant, a 2010 WKU graduate in meteorology, has recently been promoted to the position of General Forecaster at the NWS in Greenville, South Carolina.

More stories from WKU meteorology alumni, including what they do now with their meteorology degree and their WKU meteorology experience are coming soon.

 Last Modified 7/28/13