Leadership at NOAA’s National Weather Service selected Matthew Lorentson to serve as meteorologist-in-charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
“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 Teri Schwein, acting director of National Weather Service Central Region, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. “We are honored to have Matt Lorentson serving in this important role.”
“With his years of experience at National Weather Service locations with a wide range of responsibilities, Matt Lorentson possesses a wealth of weather forecasting knowledge that will well serve the people of Green Bay and northeast Wisconsin,” Schwein said. “I know Matt’s experience and leadership will be assets to the Green Bay forecast office staff and to local, state and federal governments and media partners in the severe weather program. He will continue to promote the excellent coordination with local governments and the business community, as well as supporting public outreach that has been a strong point of the Green Bay office.”
A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, and a graduate of Lakeville High School, Lorentson earned his BS in Meteorology with a second major in Broadcast Communication at Valparaiso University in 1988 and 1992. He earned an MBA from the University of Hawaii in 2002.
Lorentson began his National Weather Service career as an intern at the Mt. Holly, New Jersey, office from October 1993 to March 1996. He served as a hydrologist and Hydrometeorological Analisys and Support Hydrologist at the Southeast River Forecast Center in Peachtree City, Georgia, March 1996 to January 1999. Lorentson was a forecaster at the Honolulu, Hawaii, office January 1999 to April 2003, when he earned a position as senior forecaster at NOAA’s Brownsville, Texas, office. In 2006, Lorentson served as meteorologist-in-charge of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Center Weather Service Unit. Since 2009, he has served as the FAA Liaison with National Weather Service headquarters.
"Matt played a major role in fostering creation of the new weather unit at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center," Schwein said. “He has worked with a number of different teams during his 20 years at the National Weather Service, specializing in hydrology and aviation meteorology. He is also interested in refining NOAA forecast verification metrics and revitalizing the utility of traditional performance indices.”
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Midwest and joining the Green Bay office’s charge into a bright future,” Lorentson said. “I’m hoping they can look past my purple Minnesota blood as we work to protect all residents of our coverage area.”