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The Science & Technology Services Division is responsible for the level of meteorological science practiced at Southern Region field offices. The Division works with forecasters to ensure their forecasts and warnings are as good as the state of the science and operational technology will allow.

Gregory Patrick, STSD Chief (682-703-3719)
Vacant, ASA (682-703-3760)
Fax: 817.978.2021

Science & Training Branch

Science & Training Branch (STB) works closely with the Science and Operations Officers at the Weather Forecast Offices, and the Developmental Operational Hydrologists at the River Forecast Centers.

Various training and professional development activities involve arranging and conducting local workshops, providing training resources, scientific consultation, one-on-one training, and so on. The Division is also responsible for providing leadership for the Forecaster Development Program, by which new forecasters enter the NWS ranks.

STB collaborates with the university community to develop closer links among forecasters and the academic and research communities to ensure those groups are aware of NWS operational capabilities and needs, and to facilitate the transfer of new techniques and technology into operational forecasting.

Science & Training Branch Personnel Phone
Vacant Branch Chief 682-703-3767
Jack Settelmaier Digital Techniques Meteorologist 682-703-3685
Eric Howieson Regional Training Officer / Radar PM 682-703-3744


Technology Infusion Branch

The Technology Infusion Branch (TIB) develops new techniques and explores new ways to apply the latest technology to operational problems. Examples include developing a procedure for manually digitizing radar data, an automated warning composition program for use on personal computers, new computer-based data analysis procedures, and some of the earliest field applications of high resolution numerical weather forecast model output.

All of these have become widely used by forecasters in the Southern Region, as well as nationwide.

Technology Infusion Branch Personnel Phone
Paul Kirkwood Branch Chief 682-703-3745
Dr. Chad Gravelle Techniques Development Meteorologist 682-703-3679
Vacant Information Technology Officer 682-703-3714