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Heavy Rain and Flood Threat Continues; Wintry Mix Extends from the Plains to the Northeast; and Snow in the West

Additional rainfall from the Southern Plains to the Ohio Valley will enhance the threat for additional flash flooding and main stem river flooding. Areas of accumulating snow and ice are expected across portions of the Central Plains to the Northeast. The Western U.S. will mainly be cold with the threat for heavy snow across parts of northern California, the Great Basin and the central Rockies. Read More >

Carven Scott
Director, Alaska Region
National Weather Service



Carven Scott is Director of the NWS Alaska Region in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Alaska Region provides weather, water, aviation and climate services to the nation’s largest and most geographically complex area. Mr. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology with a minor in Computer Science in 1975 from Texas A&M University, where he earned a Master of Science in Meteorology in 1977.

Mr. Scott oversees three Weather Forecast Offices, the National Tsunami Warning Center, the Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center, the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit, the Anchorage Center Weather Service Unit and 11 Weather Service Offices. The Alaska Aviation Weather Unit manages the Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), one of only nine such centers worldwide. The National Tsunami Warning Center is responsible for warning the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the continental United States and Canada.  Alaska Region’s marine forecast and warning area is expansive, from the Canadian Border to the Russian Border, including the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and the Arctic Coast.

Mr. Scott proudly served in the military for more than 30 years, retiring as a Captain in the Navy Reserve in March 2014.  During his last tour he served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) Reserve Headquarters Unit.  He completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Naval War College in 2009, and was designated as an Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO) in 2010. Mr. Scott was awarded the Navy Meritorious Service Medal in 2014.

Mr. Scott began his National Weather Service career in 1981. He served as Science and Operations Officer in Anchorage from 1993 to 2007. He led the NOAA-Environment and Climate Change Canada Bi-lateral Marine Services Project for more than three years and served as the chair of the NWS Operational Advisory Team. 

In December 2007, Mr. Scott came to NWS Alaska Region Headquarters as Chief of the Environmental and Scientific Services Division where he successfully recast and developed the division and enabled Alaska Region to meet current, emerging, and evolving mission requirements. In December 2015, he was selected as Acting Director of the Region and started his current position as the Regional Director in May of 2016.

He and his wife Connie are the proud parents of two grown children, Terri and Christopher.

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