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Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain in the South; Another Pacific Storm Moves into the West

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible across parts of the Southern Plains into the lower Mississippi Valley. Locally heavy rain will impact the central Gulf Coast. Another Pacific storm will produce moderate to heavy precipitation amounts into northern California and southwestern Oregon. Read More >

Management Team

Chris Brenchley
Meteorologist in Charge
John Hurley
Director of Operations
Robert Ballard
Science & Operations Officer
John Bravender
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Kevin Kodama
Tracy Young
Information Technology Specialist
Cheryl Branning-Pilla
Administrative Assistant

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Lead Forecasters/Hurricane Specialists

  • Maureen Ballard
  • Tom Birchard
  • Jon Jelsema
  • Jeff Powell
  • Derek Wroe


  • William Ahue
  • Vanessa Almanza
  • Amy Bedal
  • Patrick Blood
  • Robert Bohlin
  • Joseph Clark
  • Laura Farris
  • Matthew Foster
  • Alex Gibbs
  • Genki Kino
  • Taylor Pechacek
  • Gavin Shigesato
  • Tina Stall
  • James Thomas
  • Liam Tsamous
  • Thomas Vaughan
  • Sheana Walsh

Hydro-Meteorological Technicians (HMT)

Electronic Technicians

  • Andrea Gabriel
  • Bert Kumano

Information Technologist

  • John Villada

Student Interns

  • Dennis Trotter

DCO Hilo

  • Samuelu Puletasi - Meteorologist Technician (Wea Svc Spec)
  • Casey Thoenen - Electronic Technician

DCO Lihue

  • Greg Hall - Observing Program Leader
  • Scot Ferguson - Meteorologist Technician (Wea Svc Spec)
  • Keith Komar - Meteorologist Technician (Wea Svc Spec)
  • Brian Ellis - Electronic Technician