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George Mathews has been appointed meteorologist-in-charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Morristown, Tenn. Mathews replaces retiring MIC Jerry McDuffie. The Morristown office is one of 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices in the nation and one of 32 in the NWS Southern Region. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

As meteorologist-in-charge, Mathews will be responsible for ensuring the citizens in eastern Tennessee and portions of southwestern Virginia 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.

A veteran meteorologist, George worked as a forecaster in private industry and for WTVC-TV in Chattanooga before joining the National Weather Service in 1990. He served as a meteorologist intern and forecaster in Lubbock, Texas before accepting the position of warning coordination meteorologist at WFO Midland/Odessa. He spent the last four years serving as WCM in Tulsa, Okla., where he helped launch the eastern Oklahoma / northwest Arkansas SKYWARN network of severe weather spotters. Mathews earned a bachelor’s degree in Meteorology at Texas A & M University and received a master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech.

“George's wide range of weather experience and dedication to providing the best possible weather service will be of considerable benefit to the people of Eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia,” said Bill Proenza, NWS Southern Region director.

“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 retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are proud to have George Mathews serving in this important role.”

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