Developing tomorrow's meteorologists, protecting partner interests against the weather today
UW–Milwaukee's Innovative Weather gives the next generation of meteorologists hands-on experience in operational meteorology and professional job skills by partnering with weather sensitive, community and business partners throughout southeastern Wisconsin and the Midwest. IW is the experiential learning opportunity for Meteorology students at UW-Milwaukee led by Dr. Paul Roebber and Mike Westendorf, by providing community and business partners with reliable risk assessment forecasts and services that positively impact the student experience and the local community. Innovative Weather students and staff also provide Milwaukee radio listeners with accurate and in-depth weather forecasts on 89.7 WUWM as well as public forecasts through this website and social media.
The Innovative Weather mission is three-fold:
- Give advanced UWM students the tools and hands-on meteorological experiences to build the professional skills to positively impact their communities.
- Provide local and regional organizations with high-quality forecast services tailored to their specific needs and objectives.
- Explore and expand the boundaries of weather research by applying innovative research methods to real-world issues.
Advancing Student Careers
Innovative Weather hires UW-Milwaukee students pursuing degrees in atmospheric science or related fields. Employees develop skills in short- and long-range forecasting, broadcasting, and client communication as they progress from intern to meteorologist. Our rigorous 24/7 schedule prepares students for the demands of a career in meteorology. Our students also receive excellent training to acquire the soft skills that so many companies are seeking.
Protecting Client Operations
Adverse weather affects every business differently. That's why we work with our partners to learn the specific needs of their operations. Using trusted radar diagnostic tools and the most innovative technology available, we deliver timely forecasts with relevant information for practical applications. Our diverse roster includes companies in the fields of energy, transportation, education, and broadcasting.
See our Partnerships page to learn more about the benefits of becoming an Innovative Weather partner.
Check out our Internships page to learn about how Innovative Weather provides our students with practical real-world knowledge and experiences.