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Severe Weather and Excessive Rain in the Ohio and Tennessee Valley; Dangerous Heat in the South

Widespread strong to severe thunderstorms may produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, a few tornadoes, and flash flooding across parts of the lower Missouri Valley into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Dangerous and potentially record-breaking heat continues across parts of Texas, the western Gulf Coast, southern Florida, and Puerto Rico. 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.