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6/20/05
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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SELECTS NEW LEADER OF
QUAD CITIES WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE

The NOAA National Weather Service has named Stephan Kuhl to head the Quad Cities Weather Forecast Office in Davenport, Iowa. Kuhl began his new duties as meteorologist-in-charge on June 16, 2005. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“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 Steve Kuhl serving in this important role.”

A 13-year National Weather Service veteran, Kuhl has held a variety of forecast and management positions in New York, Alaska, Montana and at National Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. From beginnings as a meteorologist intern at the Buffalo, N.Y., forecast office, Kuhl worked his way through various positions with increasing responsibility to warning coordination meteorologist and supervising the national warning coordination program.

“Steve Kuhl brings to the Quad Cities a wealth of experience in meteorology that will well serve the people of eastern Iowa and northwest Illinois,” said Gary L. Foltz, acting director, National Weather Service Central Region. “I know Steve’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 supporting public outreach that has been a strong point of the Quad Cities forecast office.

Kuhl earned his bachelor’s degree in geography with an emphasis in environmental studies from Montclair State College in Montclair, N.J., in 1986 and earned a masters of science degree in meteorology from Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey in May 1990.

Cutting his teeth on forecasting innovation as an intern at the Buffalo office, Kuhl served as Storm Scale Techniques Application Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Eastern Region Headquarters Scientific Services Division from May 1993 to September 1995. After serving as meteorologist-in-charge at the Kodiak, Alaska, office from September 1995 to December 1996, Kuhl served as warning coordination meteorologist at Binghamton, N.Y., from January 1997 to April 1999 and at the Billings, Mont., office from May 1999 to July 2002. He was promoted to be the agency’s national warning coordination meteorologist from July 2002 until his selection to supervise the Quad Cities office.

“I am honored to be selected as the new Quad Cities meteorologist-in-charge,” Kuhl said, “especially with it being located in the heart of the Nation with a lot of hard working people who depend on timely, accurate weather forecasts and warnings for their businesses and livelihoods. I understand the Quad Cities office has a proud tradition of providing great service to its customers, and we will do our best to continue to serve the community.”

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.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather- and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

Note: Media interested in scheduling interviews with Steve Kuhl may contact the Quad Cities weather forecast office by calling 563-388-0672 after June 20, 2005.

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National Weather Service in Quad Cities: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dvn