National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
About our Office

 

Our office is located in the Salt River Project Administration building in Tempe, Arizona. We are on duty around-the-clock; our operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Due to the importance of our mission, NWS employees are considered "essential" and will not stop working even during rare government shutdowns. We are always on-the-job, protecting the public from the ever-present threats of mother nature!

The NWS is comprised of Meteorologists, Hydrologists, Climatologists, Electronic Technicians, Computer Specialists, and Management. Although all have college degrees, some have advanced degrees  - such as Masters or PHDs.

 

Meteorologist in Charge (MIC):

Jeral Estupinan

The office leader. Responsible for directing all office operations as well as staff and administrative programs.

 

Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM):

Ken Waters

Outreach coordinator. Responsible for directing annual storm spotter training and is the primary contact for media inquiries and outreach events. Also acts as the liaison between local and state government officials.

 

Science Operations Officer (SOO):

Paul Iniguez

Training coordinator. Responsible for training the staff and keeping abreast of the latest meteorological/technological advances. Also oversees any research activities taking place in the office.

 

Administrative Support Assistant (ASA):

Rose Tibbitts

Performs office and staff administrative tasks, including payroll and budget/travel expenses.

 

Electronic Systems Analyst (ESA) / Computer Systems Analyst (CSA):

Vacant

Manages the office electronic staff and maintenance program. Oversees the maintenance of the doppler radar(s) and all observing equipment.

 

Electronic Technicians (staff of 2):

Mike Schumacher

Jeffery James

Perform routine and non-routine maintenance of all office electronic equipment. Maintain all observational equipment including ASOS and doppler radar(s).

 

Information Technology Officer (ITO):

David Brown

Local IT expert. Ensures system stability and security. Performs software support for operations.

 

Senior Service Hydrologist (SSH):

Mike Schaffner

Responsible for the hydrology program at both WFO Phoenix and WFO Flagstaff.

 

Lead Meteorologist (staff of 5):
Chris Breckenridge
Matthew Hirsch
Mark O'malley
Jaret Rogers
Vacant
 
Operational meteorologist and shift supervisor. Prepares various forecast products and is responsible for the quality and timeliness of all products and services produced by the office. Each has 1 or more specialized areas of expertise (focal points).

 

Meteorologist (staff of 8):
Austin Jamison
Marvin Percha
Jessica Nolte
Chris Kuhlman
Travis Wilson
James Sawtelle
Bianca Hernandez
Andrew Deemer
 
Operational meteorologist responsible for all routine and non-routine forecast products prepared and issued. Each has 1 or more specialized areas of expertise (focal points).