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Active Weather for the Plains and Mississippi Valley

A developing storm across the Southern Plains is forecast to bring severe weather that includes large hail and damaging wind gusts, heavy rainfall that could result in flash flooding across portions of the Plains and Mississippi Valley. The effects of this storm will continue through the middle of this week. The Four Corners area will continue to see elevated to critical fire weather conditions. Read More >

Mary C. Erickson


Mary C. Erickson
Acting Director of the National Weather Service

Mary C. Erickson is NOAA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and the Acting Director of the National Weather Service (NWS). She served as the NWS Deputy Director from January 2017 to January of 2022. As Acting NWS Director, Ms. Erickson is responsible for the overall leadership of the NWS, and ensuring the day-to-day civilian weather operations for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas. Strategic areas of focus include transforming the way Americans receive, understand, and act upon NWS information; ensuring NWS decision support services are equitably delivered across all communities, and advancing partnerships across the weather enterprise to reduce the impacts of extreme weather, water and climate events. She also oversees advances to strengthen the NWS scientific, forecast and dissemination infrastructure, and champions efforts to support NWS employees in a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace.

Ms. Erickson has served in various roles across NOAA for more than 35 years. From 2005 - 2016, Ms. Erickson served in NOAA’s National Ocean Service as the Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science ensuring the timely and effective transition of ecosystem science solutions from research and development to operations and applications. Prior to that, she served as chief of NOAA’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory where she and her team developed ocean technology to support safe and efficient navigation and sustainable, healthy coasts.

Ms. Erickson began her federal career at the National Weather Service, having worked as a research meteorologist for more than 20 years in the Office of Science and Technology. Her early work and publications centered on statistical techniques and model post-processing within the Meteorological Development Laboratory. Later, she managed a wide portfolio of science projects, serving as deputy of the cross-NOAA strategic goal team for weather and water.

Ms. Erickson earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University (1983) and an M.S. degree in Operations Research and Statistics from George Mason University (1990). An avid reader and life-long learner, she enjoys serving as a professional mentor to benefit future science leaders. Ms. Erickson is a native of Whitesboro NY, but she has called Brandywine, MD home for the last 30 years.

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