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Employment History

  • Founder and Chief Meteorologist
    The Weather Reporter LLC
  • Meteorologist and Launch Weather Officer
    U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron
  • USAF Delta II Launch Weather Officer
    45th Weather Squadron
  • Delta IV Launch Weather Officer
    45th Weather Squadron
  • U.S. Air Force Delta II Launch Weather Officer
    45th Weather Squadron
  • Meteorologist
    Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron
  • Launch Weather Officer
    Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron
  • Launch Weather Officer
  • Launch's Weather Officer
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NASA MESSENGER Spacecraft to be launched on August 2nd | Mercury Today - Your Daily Source of Mercury News, 6 Feb 2004 [cached]
Joel Tumbiolo, USAF Delta II Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape CanaveralAir Force Station, Fla.
- Joel Tumbiolo, Delta IV ..., 10 Feb 2010 [cached]
- Joel Tumbiolo, Delta IV launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Joel Tumbiolo, U.S. Air ..., 11 June 2008 [cached]
Joel Tumbiolo, U.S. Air Force Delta II Launch Weather Officer, 45th Weather Squadron, of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station noted that there is a 40% chance that weather issues will delay the launch.
"The clouds are the concern," he told the LRR group.Typically, the sea breeze on Florida's east coast develops around noontime from June through September, and that can create clouds over land.There's a "Cumulus Cloud Rule" which states that if a cumulus cloud is a certain height, it must be a certain distance from the launch vehicle.There are no issues with winds, which are expected to be light.
Tumbiolo repeated his forecast during the GLAST pre-launch press conference held at 1 p.m. on June 9 at Kennedy Space Center, carried live on NASA-TV.
Other Manned Programs, 29 April 2011 [cached]
"I compare forecasting a lot to cooking, to be honest," said Joel Tumbiolo, a meteorologist with the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron, the unit that handles forecasting for rockets launched at the Eastern Range on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. "In cooking, you have recipes that you follow, but to be a good cook you have to have a certain taste and feel for it, and I feel there's a lot of that in weather forecasting."
The weather team monitors conditions from the ground level to a few thousand feet in the air, a region the rocket will fly through in a minute or two at most. But even a low-hanging cloud can be enough to call off a launch.
"If those couple minutes don't go right, bad things happen," Tumbiolo said.
"In a recipe, if you have A, B, C and D, you get a certain result," Tumbiolo said.
"Here, a lot of weather comes in off the ocean, of course," Tumbiolo said. "That was my biggest transition, getting my hands around the fact that weather comes in from all different directions depending on what kind of day we're having."
The key to deciphering changes is experience, Tumbiolo said. Still, the weather holds a few surprises.
"Sometimes things happen, and to be honest, you just don't know, 'Why did it happen?' But that's part of being a meteorologist."
Tumbiolo, who has been performing the job for 21 years, forecasts for about a dozen launches a year, including missions for LSP.
For Tumbiolo and the group of five weather officers, the payoff for a correct forecast is a spectacular rocket launching into the sky to begin a multimillion-dollar mission. The penalty for an inaccurate prediction can be dire.
"We have to forecast for a very specific time, a specific location," Tumbiolo said. "So we can't give a general, broad-brush (forecast), like, 'There's a 30 percent chance of showers today.' "
The meteorologists work from a set of rules that everyone must agree are "go" before a launch is allowed. Each rule covers a specific condition, such as the likelihood of lightning occurring during launch.
"We are evaluating rules, not just making subjective judgments," Tumbiolo said.
The good news is that the forecasters have a lot of technological help to show them everything from clouds, rain and humidity levels to wind high above the surface. From weather balloons to Doppler radar and sophisticated computer models, the forecasters aren't working alone to decipher the future.
"We probably have the densest network of weather instrumentation than any other place that I know of," Tumbiolo said.
Sometimes, though, forecasters want their own perspective. As a countdown moves toward zero, Tumbiolo makes his way to the roof of the Morrell Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The view covers most of the sprawling base and the sky.
"To me, your best instrument is your eyeballs," Tumbiolo said.
There have been a few times when instruments were overruled by the forecasters. For example, radar picked up a small cloud ahead of an Atlas launch. The cloud was predicted to dissipate quickly. When it started growing, Tumbiolo went outside for a firsthand look.
"We have a rule called the 'good sense rule' where it's just that," Tumbiolo said, "If all the other rules are not in violation but it just doesn't look right to you, things are happening fast, or clouds are forming fast or it just doesn't feel good, we can invoke the rule and in all the time I've been here there's been maybe once or twice when we invoked that rule.
It's up to the launch director to give a final "go" to liftoff, but Tumbiolo said he's never felt pressure from them to green-light a forecast just to get the mission started.
"Most of the launch directors are very weather-knowledgeable," Tumbiolo said.
"The weather involved in every launch is always different," Tumbiolo said.
"It's not shaping up to be ..., 3 Dec 2009 [cached]
"It's not shaping up to be a pretty day," Air Force Launch Weather Officer Joel Tumbiolo told launch managers in a briefing late Thursday.
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