Personnel

Director

Dr. Charles E. Konrad II

Associate Professor

Department of Geography
305 Saunders Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3220
Telephone: 919-962-3873
Web: http://www.unc.edu/depts/geog/people/faculty/konrad/
Email: konrad@unc.edu

Charles (Chip) Konrad is originally from Roanoke, VA. He received a B.S. in Geophysics in 1985 from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Environmental Science in 1989 from the University of Virginia. In 1993, he earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia. Chip’s research focuses on the synoptic climatological characteristics of precipitation-producing weather systems in the southeastern United States. Ongoing research includes the investigation of the precipitation patterns associated with landfalling tropical cyclones as well as the analysis of snowfall regimes in the southern Appalachians. Much of his research focuses on different types of extreme weather events, including high winds, thunderstorms, cold air outbreaks and heavy rainfall. He has published articles in a wide range of atmospheric science and geography journals. Chip is responsible for directing the climate services at the Center.

Dr. Konrad became Director of the Southeast Regional Climate Center In the Spring of 2010.


Service Climatologist

William G. Schmitz

Service Climatologist/Meteorologist

Albert & Gladys Coates Building Room 203
223 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Telephone: 919-843-9721
Email: wschmitz@email.unc.edu

B.S. 2001, Plymouth State College, New Hampshire, Meteorology

A.S. 1998, Canada College, Redwood City, CA, Physics

William spent most of his youth in California near San Francisco. He moved to Vermont in the early 1990's so that he could experience some real weather. In March Super Storm 1993 came plowing up the East Coast and planted the passion and ambition for Weather/Climate that would drive him along his career path. In 1998 he obtained his Associates Degree in Physics and transferred to Plymouth, NH where in 2001 he graduated with a Bachelors in Meteorology. His first Job was with Aquila Inc. a Kansas City, MO based energy company that was just spinning up a Weather Derivative Desk. While in Kansas City William was a Climate Data Analyst and managed a global database of weather data. He then went on to Work with a small group called GuaranteedWeather and finally with the Southeast Regional Climate Center in 2005. Within the SERCC William is the Service Climatologist and is responsible for climate research associated with the Southeastern U.S. and educating current and new users on how the SERCC can be of assistance to them.


Graduate Research Associate

Maggie Kovach

PhD Student (Geography) - ABD

Albert & Gladys Coates Building Room 201-B
223 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email: mkovach@email.unc.edu

Maggie Kovach was born in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minors in both Chemistry and Geography. Maggie began working at the climate center in 2009 while pursuing a master’s degree in Geography. In 2010, she obtained her Master’s degree, which investigated the spatial distribution of meteorological impacts associated with inland moving tropical cyclones. She plans to continue her graduate career and work at the climate center pursuing a PhD under the direction of Charles Konrad.


Graduate Research Associate

Johnathan Sugg

PHD Student (Geography)

Albert & Gladys Coates Building Room 201-B
223 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email: jwsugg@live.unc.edu

Johnathan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from western North Carolina, he holds a B.S. (2008) and M.A. (2013) in Geography from Appalachian State University. His Master's research used MODIS data to investigate the association between atmospheric circulation and the spatial pattern of new snowfall in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Before completing his Master's degree, Johnathan worked as a GIS Specialist providing spatial data support for natural resource managers. Currently working under the direction of Chip Konrad, his research interests include synoptic climatology, GIS applications of weather and climate, and multi-scale patterns/processes of precipitation.



Undergrad. Research Associate

Jessica Suggs

Undergrad. Research Associate

Albert & Gladys Coates Building Room 201-B
223 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email: jsuggs@live.unc.edu

Jessica is a Junior from Raleigh, NC majoring in Geography at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include weather analysis and prediction, mesoscale meteorology, tropical meteorology, and tornado outbreaks in the Southeastern U.S. She considers herself to be a "weather weenie" and has been passionate about weather and tropical cyclones since age 3 when Hurricane Fran came through North Carolina. She is an active member of the Delta Delta Chapter of Tri-Sigma Sorority and a certified scuba diver.



Undergrad. Research Associate

Jacob Radford

Undergrad. Research Associate

Albert & Gladys Coates Building Room 201-B
223 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Email: jtradfor@live.unc.edu

Jacob Radford is a sophomore from Hendersonville, NC studying mathematics and geography at UNC Chapel Hill. Born in Minneapolis, MN, Jacob has had a love for winter weather since day one. He continued to develop his interest in meteorology through the tracking of snow and ice storms in the mountains of North Carolina. He intends to further his education by attending graduate school for atmospheric sciences after graduating from UNC.


Product Developer

John McGuire

Environmental Meteorologist/Developer

Suite 100, Research III Building, Centennial Campus
Box 7236, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7236
Telephone: 919-515-0412
Email: jamcguir@ncsu.edu

John was born outside of Chicago and grew up outside of Raleigh. He graduated from NC State with a B.S. in Meteorology, and a minor in mathematics in May 2008. In January 2009, he was hired at the North Carolina State Climate Office for development of meteorological web products for both the State Climate Office and the Southeast Regional Climate Center. John's main project with the SERCC is the Climate Perspectives tool. John is also a part-time graduate student at NC State, pursuing his masters in Atmospheric Science. His graduate research focuses on the feasibility and construction of a high-resolution mesoscale reanalysis of North Carolina using the WRFDA model system.




Dr. Peter Robinson

Retired Professor of Geography

Department of Geography
222 Saunders Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3220

Email: pjr@email.unc.edu

Peter Robinson has been involved in Applied Climatology since arriving in North Carolina in 1971. He was the State Climatologist from 1976 until 1980, at which time he left the state on assignment as Assistant Director of the National Climate Program in Washington DC. There he was responsible for Federal-State Climate relationships and was in charge of the climate data and information services. During this time he laid the administrative foundations for the program which evolved into the Regional Climate Centers. At the end of the assignment he returned to Geography Department at the University of North Carolina, teaching courses in atmospheric science and being involved in applied climatic research. He served for a period as the Chair of the Regional Climate Centers National Oversight Committee. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, slated to serve in 2008 as the Chair of the Administrative Board for the program. He is also the US Representative to the International Geographical Union Commission for Water Sustainability.

He became Director of the Southeast Regional Climate Center when it was relocated to the University of North Carolina in April 2007 and in the Spring of 2010 he retired to the UK.