Additional 2023 Topics and Speakers Coming Soon.

 

Latest developments from the National Weather Service and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction

New and upgraded products and capabilities from NCEP centers to include analysis, forecast and warning products, model guidance, probabilistic and uncertainty information, and web-based display and dissemination applications.

Dr. Mike Farrar

Director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

Dr. Mike Farrar oversees nine National Weather Service (NWS) national centers with 750+ staff and $210+ million annual budget for environmental prediction operations. Altogether these 9 NCEP centers provide the core of NWS’ mission to protect life and property for the nation: Aviation Weather Center, Climate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center, National Hurricane Center, Ocean Prediction Center, Space Weather Prediction Center, Storm Prediction Center, Weather Prediction Center, and NCEP Central Operations.

In addition to his primary job, he was the 2021 President of the American Meteorological Society, the primary U.S. professional society for meteorology, and currently serves on the AMS Council and Executive Committee.  He also serves as the Region 4 (North America) representative on the governing council of the International Forum of Meteorological Societies (IFMS), the consortium of the world’s meteorological professional societies that promote the science and help developing countries create and advance professional meteorology societies of their own.

Mike’s prior positions include: Chief Scientist for Weather for the U.S. Air Force; Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR); Director of NWS’ Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) and the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL);   VP of Strategic Development for Science and Technology Corporation (STC); and 24 years with the US Air Force as a uniformed meteorologist where he achieved the rank of Colonel and served in several leadership positions.

Dr. Farrar holds Doctorate and Master of Science degrees in meteorology from Florida State University, where his research focused on satellite-based microwave radiometry. He is a distinguished graduate from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, with a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Purdue University.

 

Latest developments from the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center 

Greg Carbin

Chief of Forecast Operations for NOAA’s National Weather Service

Greg Carbin has served as Chief of Forecast Operations for NOAA’s NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC), in College Park, Maryland, since early 2016. Greg oversees 34 meteorologists with responsibilities for issuing rainfall, snowfall, and medium range weather forecasts for the nation. Greg previously served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for NOAA’s NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma, from 2007 to 2016. Greg’s tenure at SPC spanned 20 years and, in addition to WCM, he performed in a variety of operational capacities, from developing operational fire weather forecasts to winter weather mesoscale discussions, and the introduction of probabilistic outlook and watch products for severe weather.

Greg began his career with the NWS in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1993, and also worked in the private sector, in New York and Vermont, after earning a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College, in 1985. In addition to graduate course work at the University of Oklahoma, Greg is a 2011 graduate of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Development Program, and a 2019 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute (FEI). Greg received the Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association in 2016, “For his groundbreaking work on severe weather climatology which has revolutionized the way the meteorological community visualizes and uses severe weather statistics”.

Moderator / Conference MC 

Rob Mayeda

Meteorologist KNTV, NBC San Jose/Bay Area

Rob provides weekend forecasts and contributes to weekday weather coverage for NBC Bay Area. He also produces and reports on weather-related news specials including the award-winning “On Thin Ice” a report on climate change affecting Alaska’s glaciers.  The American Meteorological Society recognized “On Thin Ice” with its “Excellence in Scientific Reporting” award for “highlighting the importance of climate change’s relevance to future impacts to the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Rob’s career in broadcast news began off camera as an ABC News production associate for “20/20” and “Primetime Live.” He later joined the local news assignment desk at KNBC in Burbank where he worked in news special projects also seen on CNBC.

Before calling NBC Bay Area home, Rob worked at KIRO (CBS) in Seattle and at KCRA (NBC) in Sacramento where he spent three years as a morning and weekend weather anchor. Rob was also a weather anchor and reporter in San Luis Obispo and Palm Desert.

Rob holds the American Meteorological Society‘s Television Seal of Approval #1682 earned Emmy awards in 2015, 2011, and 2002 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, San Francisco Chapter.

He completed his Master of Science degree in Geosciences (Meteorology/Geology/Hydrology) from Mississippi State University. Rob is also a graduate of the University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English. 

In time away from NBC Bay Area, Rob is a guest lecturer at Cal State East Bay in Hayward for meteorology, geology and planetary science courses.

His community work includes the Lupus Foundation of Northern California as a former board member, annual emcee for the 5K Walk/Run and has travelled to Washington D.C. with the Lupus Research Institute to raise lupus awareness at congressional meetings. He was recently honored in 2015 with the LFNC’s “Top Media Ally” award at the annual Purple Ribbon Gala, and spends time assisting LupusLA at events during the year.

Rob and wife Sarah recently welcomed two fraternal twin boys Christopher Samuel and Jonathan Daniel into the family, they enjoy living in the Tri-Valley along with two Cavalier King Charles spaniels “Barkley” and “Riley”.

Social media updates available @RobMayeda on Twitter and Facebook.