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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration appointed John Lovegrove meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Medford, Ore. Lovegrove replaces Roger Williams, who recently retired. The Medford office is one of 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) in the nation and one of 24 in the NWS Western Region. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

As meteorologist-in-charge, Lovegrove will be responsible for ensuring the citizens in southwest Oregon and northern California receive timely and accurate weather warnings and forecasts, as well as climate and water 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.

“A meteorologist-in-charge is the front line officer carrying out the National Weather Service mission of serving the American public by helping protect lives and property,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of the NOAA National Weather Service. “We are honored to have John Lovegrove serving in this important role.”

For the past ten years, Lovegrove was the warning coordination meteorologist of the Weather Forecast Office in Eureka, Calif., and is credited as a regional leader for marine outreach activities in the area. His 19 years of NWS experience also includes serving as a general forecaster, while maintaining the collateral duties of warning program manager at the Weather Forecast Office in Phoenix, Ariz.

“John has done an outstanding job as warning coordination meteorologist of the Weather Forecast Office in Eureka. His experience makes him well prepared to continue the excellent relationships that have been developed by the Weather Forecast Office in Medford with the states of Oregon and California,” said Vickie L. Nadolski, NWS Western Region director.

A native of north central Oregon, John graduated from Oregon State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science.

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