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FORECASTING TEAM

Bill Jacquemin
COO/Meteorologist
M.S/B.S. Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut

Hi everyone! I was born in Torrington, Connecticut. Growing up in Northwestern Connecticut, I became very interested in weather at the age of 12. My parents gave me the "job" of watching the weather on television to find out what the weather was going to be like in Ocean City, Maryland, where we were going on vacation. In doing this, I became interested in all the weather instruments and the weather maps! When we returned from vacation, I began to ask for weather instruments, starting with a barometer and thermometer, and continued to watch the weather each day. By the time I was 14, I had set up my own weather station with instruments in my hometown of Winchester Center, Connecticut, continuing to keep daily weather records through my Middle and High School years. I supplied the National Weather Service, TV stations, and newspapers with weather information. I began attending Western Connecticut State University in the Fall of 1977 but I began my college career with a ”spark". The night before I was to head off to college, there was a severe thunderstorm. While recording the final rainfall data, I was struck by lightning in my home. The lighting came from a storm that was 10 miles away to the south in Torrington. The lightning came through the screen; hitting my hand as I was resetting an electronic rain gauge. The charge then passed through my body, out my knee, then through the metal file cabinet and into the radiator. The strike threw me across the room and paralyzed the left side of my body for a few minutes... an experience I will never forget! During my years at college, my mother continued keeping weather records for my weather station in Winchester, allowing for a complete 10 year climate record from 1971-1981. That climate information is now kept at the Beardsley Library in Winsted, CT.

From 1977-1981, I attended Western Connecticut State University majoring in Secondary Education-Science and a minor concentration in meteorology. I worked all 4 years in the WestConn Weather Center with Mel Goldstein, who was my advisor. I graduated in 1981 and in the same year I began my television career at Channel 10 TV, a local access channel in Danbury and I accepted a one-year position as an 8th Grade Teacher in the Bethel school system. I worked at Channel 10 from 1981-1986 as their chief meteorologist and I also was the host of a science news magazine program called “PM On 10”. After leaving the Bethel schools in 1982, I took a position with the Ridgefield School System at the high school level teaching math and science. I taught there from 1983-1989. During my years there I began my own weather service, called The Techni-Weather Center. It was started in March 1984. I attended graduate school from 1985-87 graduating with a master’s degree in 1987. The weather service continued growing to a point where I needed to dedicate more time to the company so with a decrease in enrollment hitting Ridgefield schools, forcing the newest teachers out, it seemed time once again to move into the weather service full-time. I accepted a position with Fox 61 TV in August 1994, while continuing my weather service duties. In 1996, I incorporated my weather service and re-named it The Connecticut Weather Center. I launched the Connecticut Weather Center website in 1996, making its home at www.ctweather.com. I was the first to create a web based posting system for schools and organizations to post their school delays and cancellations on and I named it the IAN System. IAN stands for Internet Access Notification. I left Fox 61 in June 1997 to take a position with News 12 CT in Norwalk. During that time I also accepted a position back in the Bethel School system in the fall of 1997. It took about 2 years for me to realize that working at my weather center and teaching full time school in Bethel and also doing television in the evenings…was going to burn me out. I decided to leave News 12 TV in September 1999. The following spring of 2000, I left Bethel Middle School to focus again on only my weather service. Since that time, the weather service has continued to grow and service dozens of radio stations, such as WICC in Bridegport and Kicks 105.5 FM in Danbury, newspapers, and thousands of various clients over the years. These clients range from school systems, cities/towns, landscapers, companies, and lawyers. I have since created unique cutting edge services such as Storm Force and Weather Hawk. Storm Force is a warning service that delivers life threatening weather warning to the subscriber via cell phone text and can tell the subscriber what time the storm will hit. It allows more time to take action to protect property and lives. Weather Hawk allows the subscriber to access our live Doppler Infinity Radar data including our tracking radar products that are amazingly accurate. I continue to search for faster and better ways to get the most accurate information out to people that want and need to know. This helps people survive any and all severe weather.

 

Michael Frascione
Meteorologist
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut

I was born in Bethel, CT and have lived there my entire life. My fascination with weather began at a rather early age. I remember watching TV and flipping past the Weather Channel and wondering what all the radar maps were. I, like many other meteorologists, have a love for extreme weather. I have always enjoyed Nor'easters. Watching them develop and trying to forecast how much snow will fall and where it will fall is an interesting challenge.

My fondest memory is of the Superstorm of 1992, where we received more than 20 inches of snow. We missed school for a few days because of that storm. Another early weather memory is of Hurricane Bob. Even though we did not receive the worst of the storm, it seemed like it was pretty bad for most of the day it made landfall. I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in the spring of 2005. I have played guitar for 11 years and love baseball and football. Working at the Connecticut Weather Center has been a desire for me for many years and I am excited for the experience I will get working here.

 

Ryan Gallagher
Meteorologist
Stony Brook University, Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Ryan’s love of meteorology came at a young age. The 1990’s was a time when Connecticut had quite a few significant winters, most notably 1993 and 1995. During that time, snow almost instantly became something he marveled at. As someone who was always interested in learning how things work, he decided he wanted to learn weather and in particular: winter weather. This was reaffirmed in 3rd grade when he had the chance to meet the late Dr. Mel Goldstein. To this day Ryan keeps a signed copy of his book on a shelf at home.

Ryan went on to pursue meteorology at Stony Brook University where he graduated in 2012 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Ryan also swam division I for them as a 100 and 200 yard backstroker. Following his career at Stony Brook he pursued a graduate degree at Western Connecticut State University in Earth and Planetary Sciences where he will earn a master’s degree upon final approval of his thesis in 2016.

 

Paul Slaski
Chief of Operations/Meteorologist
State University of New York, Masters of Science in Climate Studies & Atmospheric Science