Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Todd Shea's Page

Coordinating the Tri-state area's weather needs...

Hello! Is your community StormReady?

Last update 8/13/04

Current projects...

  • Research project on Abbotsford, WI tornado of 6/25/02
  • Visits to area media partners
  • Visits to dispatch centers to distribute contact cards
  • Prep. work for 2004 Severe Weather Season presentation - 10/7/04
  • HAM Radio and APRS install work

What is a WCM?

The WCM is the primary liaison between the local NWS office and the external communities we serve. In a way the WCM is a "customer service representative" dealing with all service programs provided by the office, making sure the products we create are the best and most effective they can be for the public. These include severe weather watches, warnings, and statements along with routine forecasts, public safety education, and the promotion of the science of Meteorology to schools and civic groups.

The WCM works closely with severe weather spotters and SKYWARN groups who act as the "eyes of the National Weather Service". These spotter networks provide vital information to the meteorologist during severe weather situations and volunteer their time to help protect their community. Coordination and training of weather spotters is conducted by the WCM, as well as other office members.

The WCM is also in regular communication with local Emergency Managers, the media, law enforcement officials, and others who depend on rapid and dependable access to all types of weather information.

Essentially, the WCM's goal is to ensure communication links are in place and quality products are issued so our customers can receive the potential life-saving information they may need. It is a goal we take personally and always working towards.

We are also degreed meteorologists and work operational shifts approx. 20-30% of the time.

Click here to find the WCM in your area.

Biography - Todd Shea, WCM

Mr. Shea received his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. He worked in the Wisconsin State Climatologists office and with a private weather firm, Weather Central Inc., before joining the National Weather Service in 1988. He has worked at National Weather Service offices in Midland, Texas and St.Louis, Missouri before moving to La Crosse in October 1995.

Todd has given presentations at American Meteorological Society (AMS) and National Weather Association (NWA) conferences, Governor's conferences in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and at hundreds of spotter and safety training sessions through the years. He has also performed many damage surveys and conducted operationally based research from time to time.

WCM Todd Shea presenting the City of Rochester, MN their StormReady status.

You can reach Todd at:

National Weather Service
N2788 County Road FA
La Crosse WI 54601

e-mail: todd.shea@noaa.gov

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