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Heavy Rainfall Possible Across the Central U.S.; Poor Air Quality Across the Northwest and North Central States

Thunderstorms will produce locally heavy rainfall and possibly some flash flooding across central portions of the country through tonight, with a few strong to locally severe thunderstorms possible. Otherwise, smoke from the wildfires burning across western North America will continue to create poor air quality across northern portions of the country. Read More >

John E. Potts


John E. Potts
NWS, Chief Financial/Administrative Officer (CFO/CAO)

John has 26 years of budgeting and financial management experience in NOAA. He first came to the National Weather Service in 1990, as a budget analyst where he advanced through the ranks working on the NWS Modernization and Associated Restructuring, and post-Modernization technology infusion, high performance computing, and facilities initiatives. He served as the Director of the Budget Formulation and Program Analysis Division and then Deputy NWS CFO. In 2008, John spent time at NOAA’s National Ocean Service as acting CFO and then as CFO at NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) where he served until 2013. At OMAO, John implemented new financial management, contracting, and property management practices; improved the transparency and effectiveness of Fleet allocation planning and budgeting; and advanced NOAA’s efforts to modernize the Fleet and increase ship and aircraft utilization. Since coming back to NWS in 2013 as CFO/CAO, John established new internal controls, improved financial management and acquisition planning, and played a key role in justifying and implementing the NWS Budget Restructuring and Headquarters Reorganization efforts.

John holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA., and received his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in finance.

John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and three teenage children.

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