NOAA 2005-046
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Dennis McCarthy, a NOAA National Weather Service veteran with a career spanning 30 years, has been appointed director of the Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As OCWWS director, McCarthy will oversee the office’s mission to sustain and enhance the climate, water and weather services of NOAA’s National Weather Service; to establish operational requirements; to evaluate customer satisfaction; and to train the workforce. OCWWS is part of the NOAA National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.

“Dennis brings a wealth of field experience to the Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services. He is a tremendous asset whose work will benefit many facets of NOAA’s National Weather Service,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

McCarthy joined NOAA’s National Weather Service in 1974 as a meteorologist intern and later served as a journeyman forecaster at the Weather Forecast Office in Portland, Maine. Advancing through several positions in the 1970s and 1980s, he became meteorologist-in-charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Norman, Okla., in 1990, and director of the National Weather Service Central Region in 2000. In January 2005, McCarthy became acting OCWWS director.

McCarthy has received unit and individual awards related to forecast and warning operations, including the Department of Commerce Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals; the National Weather Service Modernization Award; and the American Meteorological Society Special Award. He also received the AMS Editor’s Award and the National Weather Association Member of the Year Award.

McCarthy graduated from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1968 with a B.A. degree in Mathematics and earned an M.S. degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in 1977. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weather Officer during the early 1970s.

“I am very happy to be joining the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services, and many of the OCWWS staff whom I have worked with from the field for years,” said McCarthy. “Together we will build on our success to meet the growing expectations of our customers and partners, especially in high-impact events such as tornado outbreaks, hurricanes and oil spills.”

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