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NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Julie Adolphson to serve as meteorologist-in-charge of the Kansas City forecast office in Pleasant Hill, Mo. Adolphson will begin her new duties Oct. 1, 2006. She succeeds Lynn P. Maximuk, who was named director of the Weather Service’s central region earlier this year.

“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 retired Air Force Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are honored to have Julie Adolphson serving in this important role.”

Following a distinguished 11-year commission in the U.S. Air Force, Adolphson joined the National Weather Service in 1994 as a case study meteorologist at the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology Education and Training in Boulder, Colo. At COMET, she developed training simulations for NWS field offices and developed and delivered laboratory exercises for COMET classrooms. She also helped develop a number of distance learning modules in her three-year COMET term. Adolphson served as science operations officer at the Northern Indiana forecast office from 1997 to 2001, when she was selected meteorologist-in-charge of the Glasgow, Mont. forecast office.

A Galesburd, Mich. native, Adolphson earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Michigan in 1983 and joined the Air Force shortly after graduation. She began her service with a two-year stint as an airborne weather officer for worldwide tactical deployments. In November 1985, she became an academic weather instructor at Laughlin Air Force Base. After earning a master’s degree in space physics in 1988, Adolphson was assigned as a staff meteorologist to electronic systems division at Hanscom Air Force Base. In 1991, she was selected to command the Air Force’s only European solar observatory in San Vito Dei Normanni, Italy. She accepted her final military assignment in 1993, becoming chief of the Space Physics Programs at Scott Air Force Base. In this assignment, she worked with agencies such as NASA on the solar X-ray imager and a solar radio telescope system to improve space monitoring, as well as working with observatories and the Space Forecast Center on models of the upper atmosphere for numerous space weather customers.

Adolphson is a 1990 recipient of the Air Force’s Bud Long Staff Meteorologist of the Year award, the Meritorious Service medal, the Air Force Achievement medal, the Air Force Commendation medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the National Defense Service medal for 1991-92 Desert Storm/Desert Shield service. She was the Weather Service central region Isaac Cline award winner for leadership in 2000. During her term at Glasgow, the forecast office was awarded NOAA Bronze medals for flash floods in 2003 and blizzards in 2005.

“I am very excited about returning to central region and look forward to a long term of service at the Kansas City forecast office,” Adolphson said. “I have some big shoes to fill, but I know Lynn has assembled an excellent staff in Pleasant Hill. They have been especially impressive in their professionalism while dealing with tornado outbreaks and other hazards in recent years. Our whole family is excited about becoming part of the greater Kansas City community.”

In 2007 NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. Starting with the establishment of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey by Thomas Jefferson in 1807, much of America’s scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA. The agency is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather- and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Union to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts, and protects.

Note: Media interested in arranging interviews with Adolphson may contact the Kansas City weather forecast office in Pleasant Hill at (816) 540-6127 after October 2.

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