Herold Logo colorLUBBOCK, TX (August 21, 2017) – Group NIRE announces the hiring of Dr. Timothy Sliwinski as a forecast analyst. In this role, Dr. Sliwinski will maintain, manage and develop new products for Herold, an energy weather forecasting application developed by Group NIRE and Texas Tech University Atmospheric Science Professor Dr. Brian Ancell.

“I chose to join Group NIRE and Dr. Ancell because of their foresight to develop regional ensemble weather forecasting for the benefit of people and industries that could use it the most,” Dr. Sliwinski said. “The Herold product builds on cutting-edge science to provide high-resolution probabilistic forecasting to best capture not only the mean local conditions, but also the individual range of possibilities.”

Dr. Sliwinski comes to Group NIRE with 10 years of experience working with meteorology, high-resolution weather forecasting and high-performance computing. While working on his dissertation at Texas Tech, Dr. Sliwinski continuously worked on running and examining the output from weather model forecasts for scientific research. Additionally, Dr. Sliwinski published work regarding techniques to store and process large datasets quickly, using traditional and new high-performance computing systems. This cross-disciplinary work will be beneficial to Dr. Sliwinski in his new position with Group NIRE.

“As a student at Texas Tech, I learned from Dr. Ancell about ensemble forecasting and prediction,” Dr. Sliwinski said, “I now look forward to working in partnership with him to research ways to continue to improve the performance, capabilities and reliability of the TTU-WRF real-time ensemble that provides the forecasts for Herold. I believe my unique skillset combined with his expertise will allow us to do some innovative work.”

In addition to the research for his doctorate from Texas Tech, Dr. Sliwinski is an active member of the American Meteorological Society, serving on its High Performance Computing Symposium organizational committee. Additionally, he has participated in multiple research field campaigns to both study and experience severe weather up close, and has worked as an FAA airport weather observer to provide timely reports to the flying public of potential weather hazards.