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THON dancers and chairs featured on ABC World News
Allison Lederer Senior Meteorology
Cameras for ABC World News with Diane Sawyer spent part of THON weekend following the “electric smile” of 13-year old Brittany Wagner, the Penn State water polo team’s THON child, for a segment to air tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ABC, THON Fundraising Chair for the water polo team Allison Lederer said.
Lederer (senior-meteorology) said she is one of two of the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon dancers for the water polo team that were interviewed throughout the weekend by the crew of ABC World News.
Lederer and fellow water polo team THON Fundraising Chair Ryan Cusack danced in this past weekend’s dance marathon, working to raise funds for the team’s contribution of $56,418.63 to the total that raised more than $13.34 million for the Four Diamonds Fund this year. Read the full story in The Daily Collegian
Real-time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer February 25, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A real-time hurricane analysis and prediction system that effectively incorporates airborne Doppler radar information may accurately track the path, intensity and wind force in a hurricane, according to Penn State meteorologists. This system can also identify the sources of forecast uncertainty.
"For this particular study aircraft-based Doppler radar information was ingested into the system," said Fuqing Zhang, professor of meteorology, Penn State. "Our predictions were comparable to or better than those made by operational global models."
Zhang and Erin B. Munsell, graduate student in meteorology, used The Pennsylvania State University real-time convection-permitting hurricane analysis and forecasting system (WRF-EnKF) to analyze Hurricane Sandy. Read the full story in