Mike Farrar

Mike Farrar, AMS President 2021

Dr. Mike Farrar is the director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to help save lives and protect property. As director, Mike oversees the planning, science and technology, and operational responsibilities related to NCEP’s nine national centers.

In his previous roles, Mike served as the Chief Scientist for weather operations for the U.S. Air Force (USAF), senior VP and chief operating officer of the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR), director of the Environmental Modeling (EMC) and the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL) in NWS, and VP of strategic and business development for Science and Technology Corporation. He began his career as a uniformed USAF meteorologist where he served for 24 years in several leadership positions in forecast operations, scientific development, program management, training, budgeting, planning/policy, and collaboration with U.S. and international partners.

Mike holds a B.S. in physics from Purdue University, a B.S. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in national resource strategy from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from Florida State University.

Mike Farrar will give the Keynote Presentation of the Programme Stream Operational Systems and Applications

The state of weather, water and climate services in the U.S. and strategic challenges for the next decade: the perspective from the American Meteorological Society and U.S. National Weather Service