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Major Early Spring Storm Impacting the Country

Heavy snow, significant ice accumulations, and blizzard conditions are likely across parts of the Northern Plains into the Upper Great Lakes. South of the winter weather, a regional outbreak of severe storms with some flash flooding is expected across parts of the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Mid-South into the Ohio Valley. Gusty winds may bring critical fire weather to the Central/Southern Plains. 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.