PSU Student Katie Laro Presents Research at Capitol Hill Event

April 25th, 2012 by blyndes


Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University meteorology major Katie Laro’s research into Warm-Season Convective Wind Climatology was presented at the prestigious Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual Posters on the Hill reception on Capitol Hill April 24. Laro presented her research to members of Congress, congressional staff members, federal government officials and others in attendance.

Left to right, PSU Meteorology Professor Dr. James Koermer, PSU student Katie Laro and N.H. 2nd District Congressman Charles Bass at the Council of Undergraduate Research annual Posters on the Hill reception on Capitol Hill April 24

Laro, a senior from Concord, N.H., conducted her research at Cape Canaveral, Florida during a research visit with PSU Meteorology Professor Dr. James Koermer, who said Laro’s work was one of 74 selected out of 850 entries for the Capitol Hill presentation.

“Katie is an outstanding, conscientious and hard working student,” said Koermer. “While at Cape Canaveral, Katie impressed all of the military and NASA weather staff with her research; the work that she has done has already had impacts on weather support provided to the nation’s space program.”

Laro’s work included identifying convective episodes, which are periods of thunderstorms or heavy rain showers that have the potential of producing dangerous surface winds. The purpose of the study was to train forecasters in this area and help them to better predict potentially dangerous winds for the site. From the results of this study, Air Force meteorologists are now better prepared to issue more accurate wind warnings.

“When it comes to meteorology, I’m always willing to learn more, and I hope to pass this enthusiasm on to others,” said Laro. “The day-to-day weather is beautiful in its own way, but my true interest lies in understanding what makes severe weather occur. While there’s no direct path to get me to this point, I am intrigued to see where life takes me.”

Laro will be graduating in May; she plans on attaining advanced degrees in meteorology and become involved in research with one of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. She is a 2008 Concord Senior High School graduate and is the daughter of Arthur and Diane Laro and stepfather Randy Burton.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., or call (603) 535-2775.