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10/17/05
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NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
SELECTS NEW LEADER OF CORPUS CHRISTI WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE

Scott Cordero has been appointed meteorologist-in-charge of the NOAA National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi office is one of 122 Weather Forecast Offices in the nation and one of 32 in the Southern Region of the National Weather Service.

“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 Scott Cordero serving in this important role.”

As meteorologist-in-charge, Cordero will be responsible for ensuring the citizens of South Texas receive timely and accurate weather warnings, forecasts and climate information. His responsibilities also include maintaining close working relationships with National Weather Service partners, including the emergency management community and the media, and providing severe weather awareness, preparedness and safety education for the public.

Cordero launched his National Weather Service career as a student aide at the forecast offices in Chicago (1991) and Phoenix (1992). The following year (1993) Cordero came on board full-time to the National Weather Service as a meteorologist intern at the Las Vegas office. Cordero also became a forecaster in Las Vegas. No stranger to South Texas, Scott was also a lead forecaster in Brownsville, Texas (1999-2001). He then served as the regional operations service meteorologist for the Pacific Region in Honolulu (2001 – 2003) and the warning coordination meteorologist in Memphis (2003 – 2005).

During his 14 year career, Cordero has gained considerable experience in dealing with a wide range of weather events including tornado outbreaks, major floods and hurricanes. Some of the major events include the Las Vegas 100 year Flood event of 1999, Hurricane Bret which affected Deep South Texas in 1999, and the unprecedented early May 2003 Tornado Outbreak.

Cordero was a member of the service assessment team for the August 2002 super typhoon that affected the West Pacific nation of Chuuk and U.S. Territory of Guam. He was also a participant in the NOAA National Weather Service’s regional leadership program — BLAST (Building Leaders for A Solid Tomorrow).

Cordero is the recipient of Western Region Diversity Action Committee Award, twice obtained Southern Region’s Aviation Award, a National Aviation Award, as well as Department of Commerce Gold medal. As a member of the local chapter and former Vice President of the American Meteorological Society in Memphis, he has conducted extensive research in severe weather communications and preparedness with the emergency management community. He is also a frequent presenter at numerous professional conferences. Cordero highly values societal impacts of weather and is a champion of the National Weather Service’s critical role of protecting life and property. He also worked extensively with emergency managers, storm spotters and the media to strengthen weather safety awareness and preparedness. He brings a high level of dedication and expertise that will serve him well as he begins his new responsibilities.

Cordero received a bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson (1993) and earned a master’s degree in Water Resource Management from University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1998. He lives with his wife Edwina. They have two young daughters, Gabriela and Ysabel.

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