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The Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in North Little Rock takes a lot of pride in its work and what it has accomplished.

There is a team of 25 dedicated employees and volunteers that keep an eye on the sky, collect data, keep the equipment running, and interact with people on the outside. Yes, there is much more than just forecasting the weather.  It is about serving and taking care of the many needs of Arkansans.  So let's meet the employees that make it all happen...



Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC)...Jim Reynolds


This individual oversees the office operations...and makes sure everything runs smoothly.   This involves interacting with other managers at the office to get a feel for what is needed to better serve the citizens of Arkansas.  The MIC also handles new hires and evaluates the performance of staff members.  E-Mail the MIC



Administrative Support Assistant (ASA)...Lori Dixon


This individual is an assistant to the AMIC. The Adminstrative Assistant helps take care of official business such as billing, travel orders and staff time cards. E-Mail the ASA



Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM)...Dennis Cavanaugh


This individual is in-charge of the warning program at the office (i.e. warning information that is sent to the public, verification of warnings, formatting warning information for "Storm Data" publication).  This includes interacting with emergency managers in 47 counties across Arkansas to help create a plan of action when warnings are issued.  The WCM also teaches Storm Spotters courses (for upcoming classes, click here) and is responsible for severe weather and winter weather brochures that are distributed each year to emergency managers, county officials, schools and the media.  Email the WCM



Science and Operations Officer (SOO)...Christopher Buonanno


The Science and Operations Officer (SOO) works to integrate the latest advances in the science of meteorology, as well as technology innovations, into everyday office operations. This individual will handle technical issues at the office, including the development or request of training materials and utilizing computer equipment/software to improve or enhance forecasts/warnings issued by forecasters. The SOO also organizes training seminars and helps write (or offers suggestions on how to write) meteorological research papers for publication. Email the SOO



Observations Program Leader (OPL)...Sean Clarke


This individual oversees data retrieval at the office. The data includes meteorological and hydrological observations sent in by people and automatically by guages. The OPL oversees the Cooperative Observer Program at the office...which is a network of dedicated individuals mostly in rural areas that send the weather service temperature, precipitation and river information on a daily basis. Email the Acting OPL



Electronic Systems Administrator (ESA)...Paul F. Siebenmorgen


This individual oversees the maintenance of various systems inside and outside the office.  This would include computer equipment, NOAA Weather Radio, and new weather service technology such as the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System. Email the ESA



Information Technology Officer (ITO)...Daniel J. Koch


This individual writes and implements computer programs and troubleshoots existing programs. The ITO also analyzes current systems in order to find where improvements could be made. The improvements are related to product generation (i.e. making forecast products easier to produce and more useful to the public) and dissemination. Email the ITO



Service Hydrologist...Tabitha Clarke


This individual is in-charge of hydrological operations at the office.  This includes maintaining information (i.e. flood stages, degrees of flooding at various stages, etc) about rivers and streams in Arkansas, issuing products such as flood forecasts/river flood warnings, and keeping track of rainfall/soil conditions. Email Service Hydrologist



Senior Forecaster


This individual is the shift supervisor [there are 3 shifts: day (7a to 3p), evening (3pm to 11p), and midnight (11p to 7a)] in the forecast area...and routinely issues public/aviation forecasts and works the radar in severe weather when necessary.  The senior forecaster makes sure that weather service products such as forecasts and warnings are issued in a timely fashion.  The senior forecaster also makes shift decisions, assigns duties, logs equipment outages, and keeps a log of events.  There are 4 senior forecasters:


Joseph Goudsward Chuck Rickard
John A. Lewis III Brian D. Smith


Journeyman Forecaster


This individual, like the senior forecaster, routinely issues public/aviation forecasts and works the radar when necessary.   The journeyman forecaster also participates in career development projects such as writing meteorological papers or developing weather related computer programs (such as software that will improve shift operations).  There are 4 journeyman forecasters:


Dylan Cooper Jeff Hood
Willie Gilmore Lance Pyle


Hydrometeorological Technician (HMT)


This individual is mostly involved with data collection and dissemination.  This would include taking hourly weather observations, broadcasting on NOAA Weather Radio, and launching radiosonde equipment (attached to weather balloons) twice daily (to measure temperature, wind, and humidity aloft).  The HMT also is heavily involved with the Cooperative Observer Program...and routinely visits observers and repairs equipment used for weather observations. There are currently no hydrometeorological technicians.



Meteorological Intern


This individual is in training to become a journeyman forecaster with the weather service. The meteorological intern routinely performs the duties of an HMT while learning and understanding weather service procedures.  The meteorological intern occasionally works at the public/aviation forecast desks to learn how to write forecast products.  The meteorological intern is also encouraged to participate in career development projects such as writing meteorological papers or developing weather related computer programs (such as software that will improve shift operations). There are 3 meteorological interns.


Heather Cross Thomas Jones
Travis Shelton


Electronics Technician (ET)


This individual is mostly involved with maintaining systems inside and outside the office.  This would include computer equipment, NOAA Weather Radio, and new weather service technology such as the WSR-88D (Doppler Weather Radar) and ASOS (Automated Surface Observing System). There are 3 ETs:


Joseph Dodd David M. Gross
Gary Heifner


Student Intern/Volunteer


This individual, usually a college student in a meteorology program or high school student, is given the opportunity to work in a professional setting at the weather service. The student intern/volunteer gets a taste of most weather service operations, and helps out where needed. The idea is to broaden the learning experience outside the classroom, and to explore career ideas before school has ended. There are 3 student interns/volunteers:


Brett Crossen Nicolette Russell
Lauren Walker


Educational Intern


This individual has the unique opportunity of learning about meteorology while at the weather service to create lesson plans for the classroom. There are currently no educational interns.