NOAA 99-R220
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Curtis Carey
4/9/99

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF SOUTHERN REGION DEPUTY DIRECTOR

National Weather Service Regional Director Bill Proenza has announced the appointment of Gary Grice as the new deputy director for the Southern Region. Grice will join the senior management of the Southern Region of the National Weather Service, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 11, 1999.

"Gary is joining a highly motivated team dedicated to serving the American people," said Proenza. "We are fully committed to supporting our field offices in providing high quality weather, water, and climate services. Gary's experience will be important in helping us deliver our mission of protecting life and property and supporting the economic well-being of the Nation."

As NWS deputy regional director for the southern United States, Grice will help oversee operations of a large and complex weather region extending from the desert southwest to the Atlantic Ocean. Because the geography of this region makes this large area the most active severe weather region in the world, these weather operations are made very critical to the protection of life and property. The Southern Region is composed of 10 states: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, plus the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Grice will soon move to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex from Norman, Okla., where he currently is deputy director of the NWS Storm Prediction Center. He received a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1966 and a master of science degree in 1968. He joined the NWS in 1972, spending over 15 years as a field forecaster. He has forecast the weather from Alaska to the South Pacific. His management experience is diverse, ranging from strategic planning, to regional and national oversight, and field management.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions from the National Weather Service as well as professional meteorological organizations.