FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Patrick Slattery
CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR
Kansas City, Mo. - With more than 30 years of federal service under his belt, St. Louis native Dennis H. McCarthy has been selected as the new regional director for the National Weather Service's 14-state Central region, headquartered in Kansas City. McCarthy comes to Kansas City after 10 years as meteorologist in charge of the Norman, Okla., forecast office.
"My family and I have enjoyed every post I've held working with the Weather Service," McCarthy said, "but as a native of Missouri, it's great to come back home."
McCarthy joined the National Weather Service as a forecaster intern at the Portland, Maine, office in January 1974. Since joining the Weather Service, McCarthy has also worked as an intern and forecaster at Portland, a lead forecaster in Indianapolis, deputy meteorologist in charge at St. Louis, and as MIC at Norman.
"Dennis is a respected scientist and manager who brings a wealth of management experience and forecasting successes to his new role with the National Weather Service," said Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Kelly, NWS director. "Under Dennis' leadership, the Norman office helped save many lives with timely warnings during the May 3, 1999, tornadoes in Oklahoma."
McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and later earned a masters degree in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin. He began his weather forecasting career and learned basic meteorology in the U.S. Air Force weather program at St. Louis University.