NOAA 2005-R208
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1/21/05
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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SELECTS NEW METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE
FOR GRAND FORKS FORECAST OFFICE

Grand Forks native David McShane has been appointed meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office in Grand Forks, N.D. McShane assumes his new duties on Jan. 23, 2005, after serving as meteorologist-in-charge of the agency’s office in Williston, N.D. McShane brings many years of civilian and military weather education and experience to Grand Forks. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“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 (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are honored to have David McShane serving in this important role.”

“I look forward to joining the experienced forecasters currently on station in providing the most up-to-date weather information and storm warnings to the people of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota,” McShane said.

“David McShane brings to Grand Forks a wealth of experience in meteorology that will well serve the people of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota,” said Gary Foltz, acting director NWS Central Region said. “I know Dave’s leadership will be an asset to the staff and the area. He will continue to promote excellent coordination with local governments and the business community, as well as supporting public outreach efforts to keep area residents advised of weather and flood conditions.”

A 1970 graduate of Grand Forks’ Red River High School, McShane earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Auburn University, an MBA from National University and a master’s in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.

After working as a contractor in quality control of marine observations data quality at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center, McShane served three years as the technical lead and program manager for the center’s Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program. McShane also held several positions at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Highlights of McShane’s 22-year U.S. Navy career include: director of the Basic Oceanography and Meteorological Training Program, director of the Navy Meteorology Laboratory and commander of the hydrographic survey ship USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1991.

NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA's National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

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Note: Media interested in scheduling interviews with McShane may contact the Grand Forks Forecast Office at 701-772-5127 after January 24.

On the web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

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

NWS Forecast Office in Grand Forks, N.D.: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/