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Major Winter Storm System Will Bring A Variety Of Impacts To The Central, Southern, And Eastern U.S. Through The Weekend

An impactful winter storm will track from the Plains to New England through Sunday, with bitter cold behind it. Heavy snow is likely from the Corn Belt to interior Northeast, with significant ice accumulations in the Ohio Valley and New England. Farther south, heavy rain could lead to flooding in the Tennessee Valley on Saturday, with isolated severe thunderstorms in the lower Mississippi Valley. Read More >

Dr. Michael R. “Mike” Farrar

Dr. Michael R. “Mike” Farrar
Director, Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL)
National Weather Service (NWS)

Dr. Mike Farrar is the Director of the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) within the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), since April 2014. As MDL Director, Dr. Farrar leads a 75-person Lab that develops and enhances critical applications, tools, techniques and products that enable NWS forecasters to perform their 24/7 weather forecast mission.

Dr. Farrar joined NWS in 2012 as Chief of the Program Management Branch of the NWS Office of Science and Technology. While there he led an organization that that managed a wide portfolio of programs and projects for operations, maintenance and upgrades of several critical NWS observation, dissemination, and processing systems.

Prior to joining the NWS, Dr. Farrar spent two years as the Vice President of Strategic Development for Science and Technology Corporation (STC) leading business development and strategic planning for the company, and also served as project manager for contracts with NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab and the Technology Planning and Integration for Observations (TPIO) office.

Dr. Farrar came to STC after serving more than 24 years with the United States Air Force (USAF) as a career meteorologist and served in several leadership positions: operational weather forecasting, weather modeling and other scientific development, program management, system acquisition, satellite processing, training, budgeting, strategic planning, policy, and external collaboration with other U.S. and international partners. During that time, he served in several locations including: the Air Force Weather Agency (now the 557th Weather Wing) and the Pentagon within the U.S., as well as Germany, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bosnia, and Japan.

Before retiring from the USAF as a Colonel in 2010, Dr. Farrar concluded his USAF career at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, where he first served as Chief of the Program Integration Division by leading the acquisition, logistics, strategic planning, budgeting, and human resources for the $500 million/year Cooperative Threat Reduction program operating in 6 former Soviet Union countries. He then served as Deputy Director for Basic and Applied Sciences, where he oversaw R&D activities, valued at $50 million per year, of 400 government, contractor and university personnel conducting basic and applied research to counter the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

Dr. Farrar holds Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in meteorology from Florida State University, where his research focused on satellite-based passive microwave radiometry. He is a distinguished graduate from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Purdue University.

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