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The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week named James D. Laver as the new National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center director.

The CPC monitors and forecasts weekly and seasonal climate changes including droughts, El Niño, La Niña, and other climate extremes.

A 'charter member' of the CPC's predecessor, Climate Analysis Center, he has been CPC's deputy director for the past eight years, and has more than 30 years of weather and climate experience at NOAA's National Weather Service and the U.S. Air Force.

"Jim has been involved in the development and management associated with CPC's expanding suite of climate assessment and prediction products," said Louis Uccellini, director of the NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction. His science and administrative acumen, and reputation in the meteorological community make him a natural for the job's many responsibilities."

Laver said he is enthusiastic about the position, and credits the strong caliber of each team member for center's success.

"The CPC has a terrific team of scientific, technical and administrative experts - federal and contract - and together we will continue advancing climate prediction through our cross-cutting partnerships with NOAA components, and external agencies and institutions," he said.

Laver earned his master's degree in information systems technology and management from George Washington University (1978), and two undergraduate degrees: meteorology from Penn State University (1969 with distinction), and physics from Duquesne University (1968). He is a native of Clairton, Penn.

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