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Deep Cold Trough Meets Gulf Moisture with Significant Impacts Across the Western and Central U.S.

A deep trough and associated cold front is bringing much below normal temperatures in the west, with low elevation snows. Strong winds and widespread snow, will impact the Great Basin, western mountains, and the Plains. The slowing front, will bring prolonged waves of heavy rain across the Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes. Significant icing forecast north of the heavy rain. Big warm up east. Read More >





Grant Cooper, Ph.D.
Director, Western Region

National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



Grant Cooper, Ph.D., is the Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) Western Region. His team of weather service professionals at 24 Weather Forecast Offices, 3 River Forecast Centers and 4 Center Weather Service Units provide weather, water and climate services for more than 65 million people in 8 western states.

Dr. Cooper joined the NWS following a thirty year career with the United States Navy. As a meteorologist and oceanographer, he served in a variety of operational weather tours and senior leadership positions including command of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center / Naval Maritime Forecast Center in Pearl Harbor, HI and Naval Central Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Kingdom of Bahrain. As Weather Services Director, Dr. Cooper had programmatic and operational oversight of the Navy’s aviation, maritime and expeditionary weather lines of operation. He also served as the senior meteorologist for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and later for Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Fleet. While on the U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, Dr. Cooper served as a charter member of the National Ocean Council’s Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning Body for the Pacific Islands. His most recent assignment was as a member of the defense acquisition community where he served as senior advisor on the staff of the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence.

Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D. in Meteorology and M.S. degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences (Geophysics) from San Diego State University.

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