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Image of a tornado
- May 24, 1973. (Photo courtesy Al Moller)


Steve Cobb
Science and Operations Officer (SOO)
National Weather Service – Lubbock TX

Hello, I am the Science and Operations Officer here at the National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas. My primary responsibilities include scientific training, technology transfer and professional development of the local NWS staff. These are accomplished by measuring individual performance, monitoring training and professional development assignments and educating the staff in operational techniques. In addition, I lead office efforts in identifying and developing new forecast techniques which include the integration of meteorological information from the research community such as Texas Tech’s Atmospheric Science Group.

Growing up in the heart of tornado alley in central Oklahoma, I had many opportunities to experience amazing and powerful weather first hand. My interest in weather can be traced all the way back to the age of 5, when my family and I viewed the development of the tornado (shown above) from our back yard. Our vantage point was much different than in the picture but I can clearly remember the feeling of awe as we watched the turbulent skies and eventual funnel cloud as it touched down over the city of Union City, Oklahoma, about 5 miles to the north. From that point on, I became fascinated with observing severe thunderstorms and learning about them. .

 Texas Tech University: M.B.A.; 2007

University of Oklahoma: Bachelor's degree in Meteorology; 1991

Redlands College: Associate of Science; 1988

NWS Career - Highlights:
 National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office, Lubbock, TX:
       Science and Operations Officer, 2003-Present

 National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office, Midland, TX:
       Science and Operations Officer, 2001-2003

 National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office, Amarillo, TX:
       Lead Forecaster, 1999-2001
       Journeyman Forecaster, 1994-1999

 National Weather Service, Weather Service Office, Beckley, WV:
       Meteorologist Intern, 1993-1994

 National Weather Service, Weather Service Meteorological Observatory, Volens, VA:
       Meteorologist Intern, 1992-1993