National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
Roland Nuñez

Location: Houston, Texas
Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) Houston
Job Title: Meteorologist In Charge

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Meteorology 1984
  • Lots of meteorology and leadership classes throughout my career. 

Describe the career path that led you to your current job with the National Weather Service.

  • My love for weather and aviation led me to serve in the U.S. Air Force.  Little did I realize I was preparing for the type of weather support that the National Weather Service would emulate today.  After four years in the Air Force, I transitioned to the NWS.  My career started in Rapid City, SD and continued at weather forecast offices in Fort Worth, TX; Amarillo, TX; and now in Houston, TX.

What do you do for the NWS?

  • I’m the Meteorologist In Charge of the Houston Center Weather Service Unit and lead a team of forecasters who provide full-time Impact Decision Support Services to the FAA’s Air Route Traffic Control Center in Houston, TX.

What was the most interesting, exciting, or impactful weather/water event you experienced while working for the NWS and why does it stand out?

  • .FAA Support to Super Bowl 51.   This event brought together NWS aviation weather experts to create a seamless and consistent weather impact message to national, regional, state and local decision makers for the FAA and other government agencies.   It was a great example of teamwork for the NWS, FAA and the aviation community. 

What made you decide to pursue a career with the NWS?

  • After my military service, I wanted to continue in weather and the NWS was the best fit for me.

What do you like most about working for the NWS?

  • I enjoy serving our partners and customers in a science field which continues to advance and benefit users.

What advice do you have for someone interested in a career with the NWS?

  • I encourage prospective meteorologists to take any opportunity to volunteer in the public or private sector in order to gain experience and exposure.

What training or coursework would you recommend to someone interested in following your career path?

  • Math, science and communications are essential for prospective meteorologists.  Take as many as possible to deepen your experience base.