NOAA Administrator Visits NWS Des Moines

On Tuesday, May 13, the local National Weather Service office in Des Moines, IA was honored to host Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, current NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Dr. Sullivan paid a brief visit to the office where she met with local NWS staff and a representative from NWS Central Region Headquarters and received briefings from the U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Safeguard Iowa Partnership about their partnerships with the NWS in Iowa. Meteorologists also used the weather event simulator to demonstrate how the NWS issues tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings, including highlighting the impact based warning experimental product. In addition, Dr. Sullivan toured the State Emergency Operations Center where she was able to see how the NWS works with other agencies and partners during high impact events in Iowa.

Back Row: Craig Cogil, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster; Jim Keeney, NWS Central Region Warning Coordination Meteorologist; Jeff Johnson, NWS Des Moines Acting Meteorologist in Charge; Brad Small, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster; Jeff Zogg, NWS Des Moines Senior Service Hydrologist; Kurt Kotenberg, NWS Des Moines Meteorologist Intern Front Row Left to Right: Jami Haberl, Safeguard Iowa Partnership Executive Director; Jesse Traux, Safeguard Iowa Partnership Program Manager; Mindy Beerends, NWS Des Moines General Forecaster; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Greg Nalley, USGS Iowa Water Science Center Associate Director; Jon Nania, USGS Iowa Water Science Center Acting Director

Back Row: Craig Cogil, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster; Jim Keeney, NWS Central Region Warning Coordination Meteorologist; Jeff Johnson, NWS Des Moines Acting Meteorologist in Charge; Brad Small, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster; Jeff Zogg, NWS Des Moines Senior Service Hydrologist; Kurt Kotenberg, NWS Des Moines Meteorologist Intern
Front Row Left to Right: Jami Haberl, Safeguard Iowa Partnership Executive Director; Jesse Traux, Safeguard Iowa Partnership Program Manager; Mindy Beerends, NWS Des Moines General Forecaster; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Greg Nalley, USGS Iowa Water Science Center Associate Director; Jon Nania, USGS Iowa Water Science Center Acting Director

 

Visiting NWS Des Moines operations. Jeff Johnson, NWS Des Moines Acting Meteorologist in Charge; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Visiting NWS Des Moines operations. Jeff Johnson, NWS Des Moines Acting Meteorologist in Charge; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

Using the weather event simulator to demonstrate impact based warnings. Jim Lee, NWS Des Moines General Forecaster; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Brad Small, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster

Using the weather event simulator to demonstrate impact based warnings. Jim Lee, NWS Des Moines General Forecaster; Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA Administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Brad Small, NWS Des Moines Lead Forecaster