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River Flood Concerns Will Remain In Central U.S. For Several More Days

Heavy rain that began last week and continued through the weekend has brought widespread flooding to a large swath of the central U.S., from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Numerous river systems will remain in flood stage well into the workweek. Another round of rainfall is forecast across the mid & lower Miss. Valley Tuesday into Wednesday which will exacerbate the ongoing river flood threat. Read More >




Christopher S. Strager
Director, Central Region

National Weather Service

Christopher S. Strager is the Director of the NWS Central Region in Kansas City, MO. The Central Region contains 45 NWS offices with nearly 1,000 employees spread across 14 states. Mr. Strager received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in May 1983 and his Master’s degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in August 1989.

Mr. Strager started his career as an enlisted weather observer with the Air Force in 1978. After tours as a weather officer at locations including K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan and the United States Southern Command Headquarters in Panama City, Panama, he left Air Force active duty in May 1992 to begin his career with the NWS. Chris maintained ties with the Air Force by serving as the Commander of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 146th Weather Flight until his retirement in June 2012. His military awards include the Bronze Star for his leadership of a deployed Special Operations Weather Team during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Strager started his NWS career at the Portland, ME Weather Forecast Office (WFO). In November 1993, he transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Route Traffic Control Center/Center Weather Service Unit in Oberlin, OH. He returned to the NWS at the Grand Forks, ND WFO in October 1995, where he received a Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his work during the Red River Flood of 1997.

He joined the Pittsburgh, PA WFO as a Senior Meteorologist in 1998 and was promoted in October 2003 as the Regional Aviation Meteorologist at the Alaska Region Headquarters in Anchorage, AK. He became the Alaska Region’s Deputy Regional Director in December 2004 before returning in 2008 to the Pittsburgh WFO as the Meteorologist-in-Charge. He served in this position until his selection as the Director for NWS Eastern Region in February 2010.

In March 2011 Mr. Strager came to NWS Headquarters as the NWS Advisor for Science and Service Integration.  He developed the agency’s Weather-Ready Nation Roadmap, published in April, 2013.  This document serves to shape and guide NWS operations through the year 2020 and beyond.  In March 2013 he was asked to concurrently lead the Office of Climate, Water and Weather as the Acting Director, and started his current position as the Central Region Director in October 2014.  

He and his wife Crystal are the proud parents of two grown children, Elizabeth and Andrew.

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