Learn from the Experts

One out of four meteorologists in the United States attended Penn State. No wonder, then, that when many people think of weather, they think of Penn State!

Rob Lydick is the executive producer of Weather World, a 15-minute weather and climate magazine show that airs weekdays across the state of Pennsylvania. Rob is a 2011 graduate of the Penn State Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science and worked in local TV in Bangor, ME, and Fort Wayne, IN, before returning to his alma mater in 2018. Rob’s daily job involves everything from making forecasts and editing videos to working with students on their broadcasting skills and posting on social media. He has helped with Weather Camp since 2019 and enjoys sharing his passion for thunderstorms and blizzards with the campers. Rob is a self-proclaimed “weather-weenie” and has been fascinated with the atmosphere since he was a kindergartener growing up in western Pennsylvania.

Bill Syrett manages the Department of Meteorology’s Joel N. Myers Weather Center and teaches several meteorology courses. He has been at Penn State for more than 30 years, both as an employee and as a student, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology from Penn State.

He has been a forecaster on Weather World and has been a Weather Camp instructor since its inception in 2001. Bill has been a “storm lover” since the age of five and never ceases to be amazed at the power of nature.

Jeff Warner is the associate director for outreach and orientation in Penn State’s Division of Undergraduate Studies, the former director of advising for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and an alumnus of the Department of Meteorology. Jeff worked for eight years in the Department of Meteorology with the Weather Communications Group, teaching students how to effectively forecast and communicate the weather. He also worked as a daily forecaster for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune in addition to appearing regularly on the television program Weather World. Jeff was also co-director of the Weather Camp between 2007 and 2012.

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