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Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Devastating Wind Damage, and Considerable Flooding Expected with Major Hurricane Ian

Major Hurricane Ian will approach the west coast of Florida into Wednesday. Life-threatening storm surge is likely with the highest risk from Naples to Sarasota. Devastating wind damage is expected near the core of Ian. Considerable flooding is expected with widespread, prolonged moderate to major river flooding expected across central Florida. Tornadoes are possible in central and south Florida. Read More >

David R. Novak, Ph.D.
Director, Weather Prediction Center

David Novak is the Director of the Weather Prediction Center. In this capacity he is responsible for the overall provision of national forecasts of heavy rainfall, snowfall, and hazardous weather up to 7 days in advance. The Center is a catalyst for collaboration among the National Weather Service forecast offices and enables national readiness for extreme weather events.

Early in his career David worked as a Fire Weather Technician in Fairbanks, Alaska, and meteorological intern in Duluth, Minnesota. He joined the Scientific Services Division of the Eastern Region Headquarters in Bohemia, New York in 2002. In this role, he was responsible for integrating new science and technology into forecast operations, as well as facilitating training for meteorologists in the Eastern Region. David became the Science and Operations Officer for the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) 2009.  In this role, David was responsible for assuring the scientific integrity of Center information, and for staff training and professional development. Since 2012, David served as the Chief of WPC’s Development and Training Branch. In this capacity, he was responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Center, including managing complex IT systems and service improvements. Throughout his academic and professional career, David has been involved with collaborative research, bringing operational needs to the attention of the research community and integrating promising research into operations.

Dr. Novak has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Stony Brook (2009), M.S. in Atmospheric Science from SUNY Albany (2002), and B. S. in Meteorology and International Relations minor from St. Cloud State University (2000). He is lead author on 11 peer-reviewed journal publications on operational weather topics, and is Assistant Editor for Weather and Forecasting. He has served as a Combined Federal Campaign loaned executive (2007-09) and chaired the American Meteorological Society Board for Operational Government Meteorologists (2012-14). David is the recipient of the Saint Cloud State University Graduate of the Last Decade Award (2008), AMS Editor’s Award (2010), and NOAA Bronze Medal (2012), among other honors.

David is a native of Minnesota, and currently resides in Crofton, MD.

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