Our Office 

National Weather Service office in Lincoln, 2004

NOAA's National Weather Service office for central Illinois is located at the Logan County Airport in Lincoln. The office is home to the WSR-88D Doppler weather radar, and issues public and aviation forecasts, and severe weather warnings, for 35 counties in Central & Southeast Illinois. Click here for a map of neighboring offices' areas of responsibility.

Local Handout of Central Illinois NWS office
Virtual office tour (PDF, 3.3 MB)
History of the NWS offices in Central Illinois

Meet the staff

Here is a list of the people who make up the staff, and some of their specialties.

* Administrative Staff

Ernest Goetsch Meteorologist-in-Charge
Chris Miller Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Llyle Barker Science and Operations Officer
Billy Ousley Data Acquisition Program Manager
Darrin Hansing Service Hydrologist
Ed Martin Electronics Systems Analyst
Bryan Schuknecht Information Technology Officer
Debbie Johnson Administrative Support Assistant

*Lead Forecasters

James Auten Aviation, Radar
Patrick Bak Fire Weather, StormReady program, Decision-Support Services
Daryl Onton  
Dan Smith

Security, Service Backup, Leadership

Ed Shimon Graphical Forecast Editor, StormReady program

*General Forecasters

Matt Barnes SWOP Program Leader, Storm Data
Chris Geelhart NOAA Weather Radio, AWIPS, Webmaster, Homepage assistant, COOP program documentation
Kirk Huettl Upper Air assistant, Combined Federal Campaign, Homepage assistant, Air Quality
Heather Stanley EEO/Diversity, Forecast Verification

*Hydrometeorological Technicians

John Parr COOP Program Maintenance, COOP observation quality control

*Meteorologist Interns

Eric Laufenberg Upper air observations, SWOP assistant, Surface Observations
Chuck Schaffer Climate, Fire Weather Assistant, Decision Support Services assistant
Amanda Wertz  

*Electronics Technicians

Kyle Clark  


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