Dr. Louis Uccellini has been chosen as the new director of the National Weather Service. He will be the 16th director of the agency, which marks its 143rd anniversary this Saturday. Dr. Uccellini joined the NWS in 1989 and has many distinguished career accomplishments.
Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D., will become the next assistant NOAA administrator for weather services beginning February 10. Laura K. Furgione, who served as acting director of the National Weather Service since May 2012, will return as the agency’s deputy director. Uccellini takes over at a challenging time for National Weather Service, after a sudden resignation of the previous director and budget troubles.
Uccellini has led the National Centers for Environmental Prediction since 1999. NCEP recently moved into a new facility in College Park, MD last year. Uccellini is also a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and just completed a full term as the society’s president. He received his Bachelor of Science, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a native of Bethpage, NY on Long Island.
This new appointment comes on the heels of a major winter storm and potential blizzard heading for the northeastern states and particularly New England. This storm could drop 1 to 2 feet or more of snow on some major cities along the Interstate 95 corridor.