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Las Vegas Valley

Las Vegas is located in a broad desert valley in extreme southern Nevada. Mountains surrounding the valley extend 2,000 to 10,000 feet above the valley floor. The Las Vegas Valley comprises about 600 square miles and runs from northwest to southeast. The valley is bounded on the north by the Sheep Range, while Boulder City and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area are generally considered its southern extent. To the west are the Spring Mountains, which include Mt. Charleston, the region’s highest peak at 11,918 feet. Several smaller ranges line the eastern rim of the valley, including the McCullough Range, the Muddy Mountains, the Black Mountains, and the Eldorado Range.

 

National Weather Service in Las Vegas

Official weather observations began in 1937 at what is now Nellis Air Force Base. In late 1948, the U.S. Weather Bureau moved to McCarran Field, now McCarran International Airport. McCarran is located 7 miles south of downtown Las Vegas. It is approximately 5 miles southwest of, and 300 feet higher than the lowest part of the valley. Thus, for most of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, the valley floor slopes downward from west to east. This affects the local climatology significantly in terms of driving variations in wind, precipitation, and storm runoff. To read about the history of the Las Vegas Weather Office, click here.

National Weather Service Office Building

The office is located on 9.5 acres of desert terrain, is bordered on two sides by homes and one side by a strip mall. Open land to the south, immediately gives way to one of the area's casinos less than .5 miles away. The WSR-88D is located roughly 35 air miles to the southeast of the NWSO and is located at roughly 5,000 ft on top of Nelson Peak. 

NWS Las Vegas services the largest population center in the state and provides weather services for one of the largest County Warning Areas (CWA) within the continental United States (approximately 70,000 square miles).  The CWA covers parts of Nevada, California, and Arizona. The Las Vegas CWA has had the fastest growing population of any since 1990. Weather forecasting is a challenge with the lowest and highest points in the continental United States being in or on our CWA border. A diversified program entails watch/warning responsibility, public and aviation forecasts, public service, an extensive ALERT rain gauge network, NOAA Weather Radio, cooperative stations, and climate.

Management & Administration

Name Position Program Areas
Todd Lericos Meteorologist-in-Charge Leadership Development
Dan Berc Warning Coordination Meteorologist Emergency Management, Outreach, Storm Ready
Stan Czyzyk Science & Operations Officer Science & Training, Local Modeling, WES
Frank Dunn Administrative Assistant Property/Inventory, Purchasing, Time & Attendance, Travel

 

Operations Staff

Name Position Program Areas
John Adair Senior Meteorologist                       AWIPS | NOAA Weather Radio | Scheduling
Trevor Boucher Senior Meteorologist Severe Weather | Radar
Clay Morgan Senior Meteorologist Verification/Storm Data | Service Backup
Barry Pierce Senior Meteorologist Hydrology | GIS
Chris Outler Senior Meteorologist Aviation | Event Review
Andy Gorelow Meteorologist Fire Weather | SkyWarn | Diversity/EEO
Caleb Steele Meteorologist Local Modeling | Social Media
John Salmen Meteorologist GFE/IFPS, Service Backup, Space Weather
Kate Guillet Meteorologist HAZMAT | Marine Program
Ashley Allen Meteorologist DSS | Winter Weather | Storm Ready Program
Jenn Varian Meteorologist Upper Air | Co-Op Program
Chelsea Kryston Meteorologist Climate | Media Center | Intranet Manager
Alex Boothe Meteorologist Webmaster | Tropical Program
Vacant Observing Program Leader  

 

Systems Specialists

Name Position Program Areas
Thomas Raineri Electronic Systems Analyst              Systems & Hardware
Alberto Jimenez Electronics Technician Radar, HAM Radio, Upper Air, Safety
David Coleman Electronics Technician ASOS, NWR, Environmental Compliance, Vehicle Management
Joseph Nemeth Information Technology Officer IT Security & Network Management