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1/12/05
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JOHN GORDON TO OVERSEE NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE IN LOUISVILLE, KY.

John Gordon has been appointed meteorologist-in-charge of NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office in Louisville, Ky., and begins his new duties Jan. 18, 2005. The Louisville office is one of 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices in the nation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

A 10-year NWS veteran, Gordon has held a variety of forecast and management positions in Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri and Tennessee. From beginnings as a meteorologist intern at the forecast office in Jackson, Miss., Gordon worked his way through forecasting and management positions with increasing responsibilities. He is also an aircrew meteorologist and mission director for Hurricane Hunter aircraft as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

“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 NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are honored to have John Gordon serving in this important role.”

“John Gordon brings to Louisville a wealth of experience in meteorology that will well serve the people of Kentucky,” said Dennis McCarthy, NWS Central Region director. “I know John’s leadership will be an asset to the staff and the community. He will continue to promote the excellent coordination with local governments and the business community, as well as support the public outreach that has been a strong point of the Louisville forecast office.”

Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Park College of St. Louis University in 1986 and earned a master’s in teaching of geosciences at Mississippi State University in 2002. After spending a year at the Jackson office, Gordon served as a journeyman forecaster at the Springfield, Mo., office from 1994 to 1998, when he was selected as a lead forecaster at the Nashville, Tenn., forecast office. He served as meteorologist-in-charge of the Huntsville, Ala., office beginning in 2002, where he led the spin-up of the new forecast office until reporting to Louisville.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the citizens of central Kentucky and southern Indiana,” Gordon said. “The office will continue to have a strong customer service background along with taking on several new scientific and outreach initiatives. My goal is to work with a very capable and experienced staff to improve on the excellent warning and forecast services for Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and all other communities across the Bluegrass state and southern Hoosier state.”

Gordon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1992, serving as a Wing Weather Officer at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., from 1986 to 1990 and as Team Chief at the European Forecast Unit in Germany from 1990 to 1992. As a member of the Air Force Reserve since 1993, Gordon serves as a flight meteorologist with the Air Force Hurricane Hunters out of Keesler AFB, Miss. Gordon flew six missions into the Category 4 hurricanes Frances and Ivan in 2004 and has made more than 90 hurricane-penetrating flights since 1995.

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Note: Media interested in scheduling interviews with Gordon may contact the Louisville Weather Forecast Office by calling (502) 968-6426 after Jan. 18.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov

NWS Forecast Office in Louisville: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk