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Meteorologist Andy Patrick was appointed meteorologist-in-charge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Brownsville, Texas, one of 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices in the nation and one of 32 in the NWS Southern Region. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As meteorologist-in-charge, Patrick will be responsible for ensuring that the citizens and marine community in South Texas receive timely and accurate weather warnings, forecasts and climate information. His responsibilities also include maintaining close working relationships with NWS partners including the emergency management community and the media and providing severe weather awareness, preparedness and safety education for the public. Patrick replaces Shawn Bennett, who was appointed MIC for Tampa, Fla.
Patrick launched his NWS career as a meteorologist intern at WFO Tampa in 1987. Three years later, he became a forecaster at the WFO in Tulsa, Okla., and was promoted to senior forecaster in 1994. He transferred to the Corpus Christi office in 1995 to serve as the science and operations officer.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in 1985. He is a member of the American Meteorology Society, the National Weather Association and the South Texas Amateur Radio Association. He is the author of numerous AMS publications and has led several collaborative projects in association with Texas A & M University.
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