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Hi there, my name is Kevin Thiel!

I am a PhD student at the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, and I work with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological and Mesoscale Studies (CIMMS) and the NOAA National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL). My current research focuses on validating data from a satellite-based lightning sensor (GOES-16 GLM) using other satellite products and a suite of radar products (MRMS). To see what I’ve been up to check out my portfolio page!

I am currently a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA), and am excited to be the Chair-Elect of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Committee. In my free time, I enjoy physical activities and sports of all kinds, including basketball, golf, hiking running, and tennis. Conveniently enough I build websites as a hobby, hence the creation of my personal website. My love for weather, and in particular lightning, is what pulled me from my roots in Ohio out to Oklahoma and since 2018 its been quite the ride!

About the Site

When I built this website, I had the vision this would be the ‘public facing’ side to my journey in the field of meteorology, research, and education. The WxBlog and Portfolio pages answered this calling, with the blog as a way to consistently provide fresh new content on a variety of personal interests, and projects to archive key information.

I also wanted the website to have some type of utility beyond being just a big advertisement for me, myself, and I. The move to Oklahoma in 2018 and increasing familiarity with the Oklahoma Mesonet sparked the idea to link images from the site into a condensed page that could be quickly referred to. In the future, I would like to expand the capabilities of the site to include satellite and model data, but to ensure it stays somewhat compact. As I continue to grow, I hope the site can grow with me as a ‘digital portfolio’.