NWS Riverton WY has a new Meteorologist-in-Charge


            NOAA’s National Weather Service has named Kevin P. Lynott to serve as meteorologist- in-charge of the Weather Forecast Office in Riverton, Wyo. Lynott began his new duties on February 8.

            “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 Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are honored to have Kevin Lynott serving in this important role.”

            “With his years of experience in a variety of National Weather Service locations, Kevin Lynott possesses a wealth of weather forecasting knowledge that will well serve the people of central and western Wyoming,” said Lynn P. Maximuk, director of the 14-state National Weather Service central region in Kansas City, Mo. “I know Kevin’s experience and leadership will be assets to the staff and the people of Wyoming. 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 Riverton office.”

            Lynott earned his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley in 1990 and started his Weather Service career as an intern at the former Weather Service office in Lander, Wyo. He became a journeyman forecaster at the Goodland, Kan., forecast office in 1993, and was a lead forecaster and service hydrologist at Goodland until becoming warning coordination meteorologist in August 1998.

In February 2002, Lynott moved to the Office of Climate, Weather and Water Services at National Weather Service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. He served as program manager for hydrologic and digital services developing policy, guidelines and job requirements in several areas. Lynott authored or collaborated on several scientific studies and operationally related projects, further refining his management experience at local and national levels; and led several National Weather Service teams in hydrology and meteorology. He also holds a technician class amateur radio license.

            “I am very excited about returning to west-central Wyoming and to managing a weather forecast office, a position I believe has much to offer,” Lynott said. “I especially look forward to working with the professional staff at the Riverton forecast office to continue providing the best weather forecasts and warnings possible for Wyoming residents and continue to strengthen relationships with local customers and partners.”

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