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Hazardous Traveling Conditions for the Midwest; Strong Pacific Storm Approaching

A storm will track across portions of the Midwest and into the western Great Lakes through Friday as a combination of a wintry mixture and rain will result in hazardous traveling conditions. A strong Pacific system will be approaching with high winds, and heavier rain and snow late Friday into the weekend with impacts spreading across much of the West. Across Hawaii, strong winds and high surf. Read More >

Benjie Spencer


The Chief Engineer provides end-to-end system engineering oversight, assesses risks from a systems engineering perspective, and ensures the application of consistent engineering standards and processes, project management, and system requirements management. The Chief Engineer also oversees systems development, configuration management, safety/environmental compliance, establishes engineering procedures and directives, and conducts independent operational testing and evaluation. In addition, the position represents NWS with the NOAA Spectrum Office, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the protection of NWS systems from radio interference domestically and internationally. Finally, the Chief Engineer represents NWS on joint NWS/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) teams, ensuring satellite products are verified and validated for use by Weather Forecast Offices and Centers.