Louis W. Uccellini
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Director of the National Weather Service
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Louis W. Uccellini is assistant administrator, weather services, at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and director of the National Weather Service (NWS). He was previously director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (1999–2013), director of the NWS Office of Meteorology (1994–1999), chief of the NWS Meteorological Operations Division (1989–1994), and head of the Mesoscale Analysis and Modeling Section at the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres (1978–1989). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books on analysis of severe weather outbreaks, snowstorms, gravity waves, jet streaks, cyclones, and the use of satellite data in analysis and modeling applications. He coauthored a widely acclaimed two-volume American Meteorological Society (AMS) monograph, Northeast Snowstorms (2004), and authored chapters in Extratropical Cyclones (AMS, 1990), The Life Cycles of Extratropical Cyclones (AMS, 1999), and Synoptic Dynamic Meteorology and Weather Analysis and Forecasting (AMS, 2008). Among his many awards are the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1985), the AMS Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award (1985), and the National Weather Association’s Research Achievement Award for Significant Contributions to Operational Meteorology (1996). He was elected an AMS fellow in 1987, AMS president (2012–2013), and served as co–chief editor of Weather and Forecasting in 1988–1992. He has received the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive (2001) and Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive (2006). Dr. Uccellini received his PhD (1977), master’s (1972), and BS (1971) degrees in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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