I am a Tropical Forecast meteorologist, providing hurricane forecasts during the Atlantic Hurricane Season. I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in July of 2001. Meteorology became my passion in high school, and I have continued my educational background in meteorology since 1996, when I undertook the study of Tropical Meteorology. While working toward my degree, I had to unexpectedly withdraw from college due to my oldest sons medical reasons. I do however, meet the educational criteria of the AMS to be recognized as a meteorologist, or FULL MEMBER under the following section of the AMS Interpretive Memorandum of July 2008:
• Article III Section 4 (C) is intended to encourage membership for individuals without a
professional degree satisfying the criteria in section (A) or (B) above, that have at least a
minimal educational background in the underlying science and substantial experience in
the field. The individual is expected to have undertaken a study program from an
accredited institution or institutions that has provided a minimum fundamental
knowledge in the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies, applications, and
services. Military training in the atmospheric and related sciences, technologies,
applications, and services that did not lead to a degree is appropriate to satisfy the criteria
in this section. The requirements for three years of work experience in the last five years
can be fulfilled by experience that requires independent analysis, interpretation, and
professional judgment in the application of atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic
My studies include, but are not limited to the Navy Aerographers Mate course, Naval METOC meteorology course, Meteorology 2010 Sophomore level course while attending St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL., Basic Forecasting course for operational meteorologists from Rapid WX, meteorology institute, a four month meteorological internship, and extensive research on numerous meteorological topics such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), satellite imagery interpretation, ENSO related products and topics, and other related topics too numerous to list here. I have been forecasting Tropical Weather (Tropical Storms and Hurricanes) since 1996, with my main clientel being three different Coast Guard Commands. Given my forecast accuracy, I was awarded the United States Coast Guard Public Service Commendation, twice, for my forecasting skills of the 2006 and 2007 hurricane seasons provided for the USCG Maintenance and Logistics Command, and Atlantic Area Command.
I am also available as a Hurricane Consulting Service for any private firms.
The main focus of my forecasting skills, is to provide accurate forecasts regarding the development, track, and future trends of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Basins, to the best ability of this forecaster, based on information presented in numerous forecasting tools. It is to be noted that, in line with other agencies, these forecasts may not always be correct, given the complex changes that can occur in the atmosphere very quickly. It is not the intent of these forecasts for the user to make life and death decisions, however to provide the user with in depth information regarding any active systems, and possible outcomes based on what MAY happen if a given set of variables change, as to be better prepared to take any necessary action that may be required. The hurricane forecasts I issue, are mine alone, based on thorough analysis of all available tools that I have in my arsenal.
ANY Evacuation or Emergency Preparedness decisions should be implemented based on information from the NHC advisories, Local NWS warnings and statements, and any Local Emergency Operations agencies.
In addition to Tropical Cyclone forecasts, I also issue information on any winter coastal storms, and provide information regarding severe weather during the spring, with SPC (Storm Prediction Center) graphics and products. The coastal storms forecasts are also made exclusively from my analysis. Severe Weather information, I do sometimes fore cast on my own, however, SPC usually issues their product, with sometimes, numerous days being involved, thus there is really no need for me to analyze too much, although I will decipher various items, and place them in laypersons terms, based on analysis of various parameters.