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Powerful Storm to Impact the West; Fire Weather Concerns for Areas of the Plains

A powerful winter storm is underway across the west bringing heavy higher elevation mountain snow, dangerous blizzard for the Sierra Nevada Mountains, damaging winds, hazardous sea conditions and cold temperatures to much of the West through this weekend. Meanwhile, critical fire weather concerns increase this weekend for portions of the central and southern High Plains. Read More >

Dr. Scott Lindsey

Dr. Scott Lindsey 
Regional Director of the
National Weather Service
Alaska Region

Dr. Scott Lindsey is the Regional Director of the National Weather Service Alaska Region. His team consists of weather service professionals at Weather Forecast Offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau,  the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center, the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit, the  Center Weather Service Unit in Anchorage, and the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska as well as 11 Weather Service Offices. These experts provide weather, water and climate services for an area of land, marine and offshore area equivalent to about 47% of the total area of the lower 48 states. Dr. Lindsey previously led the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center where his career in operational hydrology in Alaska began in 1994. His expertise is unparalleled in terms of the water-related services and mission in Alaska, and he has worked tirelessly to advance our scientific understanding and capabilities in hydrology operations. During his time at the River Forecast Center, Scott has played a critical role in the successful partnership of the NWS with the State of Alaska for the River Watch program during Spring Breakup, and in supporting all key decision-makers and core partners each flood Season. As a result of a detail as the deputy director of the Office of Water Prediction in early 2016, Lindsey was an integral part of the team that launched the first version of the National Water Model, for which the team was awarded a Gold Medal from the Department of Commerce.

Lindsey lives in Anchorage with his sweetheart, Joyce. His four adult children, two daughter-in-laws and six grandchildren also live in Anchorage where they all enjoy the beauty and blessings of life in Alaska.

Scott earned an MS and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Surface Water Hydrology from Utah State University. He received his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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