Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Holly Obermeier

Holly Obermeier

Research Interests

  • Hazardous Weather Communication
  • Broadcast Meteorology & Decision-Making
  • Research to Operations
  • FACETS

Current Research

I am a part of the Weather Information Systems Evolution (WISE) team at the Global Systems Division at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL).  As a member of WISE, I am resposible for testing and evaluation of Hazard Services, which will be the AWIPS II software platform bringing FACETS concepts to operations.  In addition, my research portfolio focuses on the development and transition of probabilistic watch and warning information, and how end-users will use this information to communicate and make decisions.  I am integrating broadcast meteorologists into research and testing within NOAA's Hazardous Weather Tested, to learn how probabilistic hazard information can be optmized for effective communication.  Before entering the world of research, I was an on-air broadcast meteorologist since 2008.  I worked extensively in severe weather markets, including KLBK in Lubbock, TX and KETV in Omaha, NE.

CBS17 Story About KPHI - TV:  Research with Probabilistic Hazard Information at NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed

Current Funded Projects:

  • PI: 2018-2020 OAR/OWAQ JTTI funded project, “Generating Operational Guidelines for Use of Probabilistic Hazard Information with End-Users”
  • PI: 2018-2019 OAR/OWAQ JTTI funded project, “FACETS: Advancing Physical and Social Science Concepts Toward Implementation of Probabilistic Hazard Information (PHI)”
  • Collaborator: 2017-2018 OAR/OWAQ Vortex Southeast funded project, “Understanding and Enhancing Public Interpretation and Use of Probabilistic Tornado Warnings in the Southeastern United States”

Selected Recent Presentations & Publications:

Obermeier, H., K. Nemunaitis-Berry, K. E. Klockow, T.C. Meyer, A. Campbell, A. Gerard,
and C. Kolakowski, 2018: Broadcast Meteorologist Decision-Making in the 2018
Hazardous Weather Testbed Probabilistic Hazard Information Project. 29th Conference
on Severe Local Storms, Stowe, VT, American Meteorological Society

Meyer, T.C., K. Berry, A. Campbell, K. M. Calhoun, C. Gregg, K. E. Klockow, H. Obermeier,
and J. Wolfe, 2018: Visualization and Communication of Probabilistic Lightning Hazard
Information for a Broad Spectrum of End Users. 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms,
Stowe, VT, American Meteorological Society

Daniel Nietfeld, K. L. Manross, T. L. Hansen, D. M. Kingfield, and H. Obermeier, 2018:
Design and Integration of Probabilities for Hazard Information in Hazard Services to
Operationalize FACETS Concepts. 29th Conference on Severe Local Storms, Stowe, VT,
American Meteorological Society

Obermeier, H., K. Nemunaitis-Berry, K. E. Klockow, C. D. Karstens, A. Gerard, and L. P.
Rothfusz, 2018: Broadcast Meteorologist Decision-Making in the 2017 Hazardous
Weather Testbed Probabilistic Hazard Information Project. 13th Symposium on Societal
Applications: Policy, Research and Practice, Austin, TX, American Meteorological Society,
8.4.

Calhoun, K. M., T. C. Meyer, K. Berry, H. Obermeier, S. J. Sanders, C. A. Shivers, C. D.
Karstens, J. P. Wolfe, and K. E. Klockow, 2018: Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Probabilities
and Warnings within an Integrated Warning Team. Special Symposium on Impact-Based
Decision Support Services, Austin, TX, American Meteorological Society, 4.4.

Meyer, T. C., K. Berry, M. A. Bowlan, K. M. Calhoun, J. Correia Jr., G. S. Garfield,A. Gerard, T.
Hansen, C. Karstens, K. Klockow, D. LaDue, J. G. LaDue, W. Line, C. Ling, D. M. Kingfield, K.
L. Manross, H. Obermeier, L. Rothfusz, and G. J. Stumpf, 2018: An overview of the 2017
Experimental Warning Program at the Hazardous Weather Testbed. Eighth Conference on
Transition of Research to Operations, Austin, TX, American Meteorological Society, 9.4.

Nemunaitis-Berry, K. L and H. M. Obermeier, 2017: Conference Notebook, Broadcast
Meteorologist Decision Making in the 2016 Hazardous Weather Test Probabilistic
Hazard Information Project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98, 2045-
2047.



KPHI - TV studio in NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed

Broadcast meteorologist coverage decisions are researched and analyzed in the HWT, including social media decisions.

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 National Weather Association Larry R. Johnson Award (Team Award): "For research, development and delivery of severe weather applications within the Multi-Radar, Multi-Sensor system, which has been successfully transitioned into NWS operations, providing critical tools for NWS forecast and warnings"
  • 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award (Station Excellence, Medium Market)
  • 2012 Great Plains Associated Press Award (1st Place Weathercast)