Northeastern Storm Conference , Volunteer for the 2013 AMS Summer Community Meeting, and AMS Chapter New Letter – Uccellini next NOAA director

The 38th Northeastern Storm Conference will take place on March 8th-10th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Killington-Rutland, VT. The registration deadline for the conference is tomorrow, February 14th. The payment deadline for the conference will be on Wednesday, February 27th. For more information on the conference, feel free to visit the following website:

Jebril Postle
President of LSC AMS & NWA Club
Sigma Zeta Member
Atmospheric Sciences
Class of 2013

Louis W. Uccellini selected as next director of NOAA’s National Weather Service

February 7, 2013

Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D.

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Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., will become the next assistant NOAA administrator for weather services beginning February 10 and the 16th director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, which marks its 143rd anniversary this Saturday.

“Louis’ leadership within the National Weather Service and his relationship with the U.S. and international weather enterprise allow him to effectively steer the agency forward,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.

“It’s an honor to lead such a prestigious agency with the unbeatable mission of protecting lives and livelihoods,” said Uccellini. “The past year had its success stories with superior outlooks, forecasts and warnings, including those for Sandy, but difficulties remain. Our eyes remain locked on the future to ensure a National Weather Service that is second to none and supports a weather-ready nation.

What makes the National Weather Service a prestigious agency with a bold future are the dedicated men and woman who work day in and day out to keep us all informed and safe. They do so in ways that are more public, such as issuing life-saving watches and warnings, and in ways that are less apparent but are vital to our society, such as supporting airline safety and marine transportation to protecting electrical infrastructure from solar storms.”

“I congratulate Dr. Uccellini and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him and the National Weather Service,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “FEMA and the NWS in partnership together prepare communities and local officials for the impacts of weather hazards to save lives and protect property.”

“Working with a spectrum of partners, including emergency management, the commercial sector, broadcasters, academia and social scientists, we can and will meet the nation’s needs to overcome the very real threats from the increasing severity and frequency of weather and climate extremes,” added Uccellini.

Laura K. Furgione, who served as acting director of the National Weather Service since May 2012, will return as the agency’s deputy director. “Louis has always placed a priority on providing forecast tools to help field offices and national centers be successful. I’m proud to work by his side as we continue supporting our nation-wide team,” said Furgione.

Since 1999, Uccellini has led the NWS’ National Centers for Environmental Prediction, which in 2012 moved to a new state-of-the-art facility in College Park, Md. At NCEP, he was responsible for directing the planning, science and technology, and operational responsibilities related to NCEP’s Central Operations and Environmental Modeling, as well as seven national centers, including the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., and Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. Uccellini is also a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and just completed his term as the society’s president.

Uccellini, 63, began his weather career at the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres as the section head for the Mesoscale Analysis and Modeling Section in 1978. In 1989, he joined the NWS as chief of the Meteorological Operations Division and then became director of the Office of Meteorology in 1994.

Uccellini received his Bachelor of Science (1971), Master (1972), and Ph.D. (1977) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published more than 60 journal articles and chapters in books, and is known for coauthoring the widely acclaimed two-volume book, Northeast Snowstorms.

A native of Bethpage, N.Y. on Long Island, Dr. Uccellini is a resident of Columbia, Md. He and his wife, Susan, have three children.

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The Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of the AMS Local Chapter Affairs Newsletter has been Posted

The current issue of the Local Chapter Affairs Newsletter has been posted to the AMS Web site at

The AMS Board on Enterprise Communication (BEC) is looking for Volunteers for Two Activities

First BEC Activity

The AMS Board on Enterprise Communication (BEC), a part of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, is looking for volunteers to help plan the 2013 AMS Summer Community Meeting, which will be in Boulder during the second week of August. The meeting is becoming a vibrant, important forum for the public, private and academic communities to come together to address critical issues. In the past two years we’ve addressed the state of the enterprise, renewable energy, social media, greenhouse gases and transportation, to mention a few of the topics. This coming meeting will focus on the weather and climate enterprise supplying critical infrastructure for the nation and the world. BEC is looking for volunteers from the public, private and academic sectors–including student members–who are interested in helping plan the meeting. Please contact me if you have are interested in being a part of the planning team.

Second BEC Activity

BEC is taking on the big issue of improving U.S. weather forecasts. Building off of the considerable efforts in the National Academies’ Report, "Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None" and previous efforts, BEC is looking for volunteers from the public, private and academic sectors interested in developing recommendations and guidance on how the entire U.S. weather enterprise can work towards taking weather forecasting in a direction that will ensure the best possible forecast for years to come. Special teams will be established to develop new ideas concerning modeling/data assimilation, computing, and observations. Please contact me if you are interested in participating in this effort which will be carried out under the Commission on Weather and Climate Enterprise’s Board on Enterprise Communication.

Betsy Weatherhead, PhD

Chair, AMS Board on Enterprise Communication Senior Scientist, U. Colorado at Boulder

+1 (303) 497 6653



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