PSU Meteorology Student Brian Pevear Wins National Weather Forecasting Competition

July 26th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-
Plymouth State’s Brian Peaver is the nation’s best collegiate weather forecaster, after claiming the top spot in a nationwide weather forecasting contest.

Brian Pevear
Plymouth State University graduate Brian Pevear proudly displays the trophy he was awarded for winning the national competition, Weather Challenge: the North American Collegiate Forecasting Contest. The Auburn, N.H. native defeated more than 1800 competitors to win the award.

Pevear, a 2010 PSU graduate, competed against more than 1800 undergraduate and graduate students, professors, and professionals in the Weather Challenge: the North American Collegiate Forecasting Contest. Pevear said he won the contest by using his own methodology interpreting commonly used weather forecasting tools.

“I used knowledge I picked up over the past four years at PSU’s Judd Gregg Meteorology Institute, using meteorological computer models that I calculated my forecasts with,” Pevear said. “The faculty here at Plymouth State is very, very knowledgeable and I have learned something from all of them.”

Pevear won by correctly forecasting the weather for two week periods at ten cities over the academic year. After he completed the initial competition, he was among the top 64 forecasters who advanced to the tournament-level bracket and forecasted for three weeks in April.

PSU Atmospheric Science and Chemistry department chair and associate meteorology professor Eric Hoffman said Pevear’s impressive victory in a national forecasting competition is a testament to his focus in studying meteorology.

“Brian is one of our top students,” said Hoffman. “What he does very well is combine his keen interest in weather and weather obvervations with an ability to understand the physical processes in the atmosphere to routinely produce excellent forecasts.”

Pevear is an Auburn native and a 1996 Pinkerton Academy graduate. His parents are Bernard and Pamela Pevear of Hooksett.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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