Dan Skeldon and Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz will be at the event.

Local weather expert Dan Skeldon will co-sponsor a free event that will provide an opportunity for the public to ask a panel of meteorologists and emergency managers about tropical storms, nor’easters and other weather-related issues.

The 2017 Cape-Atlantic Severe Weather Conference is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk between Eighth and Ninth streets). Anybody in southern New Jersey with an interest in the weather is invited to attend and participate.

The conference will start with a 6 p.m. presentation led by American Aerospace Technologies and SkyScape Industries demonstrating how drones can assist in emergency management. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m.

Dan Skeldon, who earned a stellar reputation for local forecasting in a career with NBC40 and now works for Longport Media and Channel 69 News, and Frank Donato, director of Ocean City’s Office of Emergency Management, will moderate. The expert panel includes:

  • Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz, Philadelphia NBC10 meteorologist
  • Joe Miketta, National Weather Service in Mount Holly meteorologist
  • Jim Eberwine, retired National Weather Service meteorologist
  • Tom Lamaine, former meteorologist and newscaster for KYW-TV CBS3
  • John Miller, U.S. Senate Fellow working on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization
  • David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Technologies, an industry leader in the use of unmanned aerial systems used in emergency management

The two-hour discussion will include brief presentations from the panelists on South Jersey weather and an open microphone for questions.

“The flow of conversation is up to you,” Skeldon said of the event. “It’s your chance to ask questions of anyone on the panel, express concerns, and make suggestions as we all talk South Jersey weather and how to better prepare it, forecast it, and communicate that forecast and emergency information.”