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Southern Heat Continues; Severe Storms and Heavy Rain

A summer heat wave continues across much of the Southern U.S where widespread excessive heat warnings and heat advisories remain in effect. Scattered thunderstorms, some severe with damaging winds and large hail, will be possible today mainly across Montana, and from the Ohio/Tennessee Valleys into the Carolinas. Excessive rainfall from thunderstorms in these areas may lead to flash flooding. 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.