Alan Gerard


WRDD Division Staff

Job Title:Division Chief


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Phone:(405) 325-6477


Alan has been the chief of WRDD since 2018, and served as the deputy division chief before that beginning in 2015. He came to NSSL after a 25 year career with the National Weather Service, including 17 years as the science operations officer and then meteorologist-in-charge of the NWS Forecast Office in Jackson, Mississippi. During his long tenure with the National Weather Service, he experienced first-hand the impacts of significant severe weather events, including the April 2011 Super Outbreak and Hurricane Katrina.  Having worked closely with those who try to keep people safe (Emergency Managers, public safety officials, etc.), he knew he wanted to help build society’s capacity to save lives and reduce weather impacts, not just in the United States, but around the world.  That interest led him to working on and earning a MS in emergency management from Millersville University in 2014.

Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
M.S. Emergency/Disaster Management Millersville University 2014
B.S. (Honors) Meteorology St. Louis University 1990
Research Interests
  • Severe Convection
  • Hydrometeorology and Flash Flooding
  • Emergency Management
  • Societal Impacts
  • Synoptic and Mesoscale Forecasting
Professional Activities
  • Board Member and Past President, National Weather Association Foundation
  • Past President, National Weather Association
  • Past Editor (founding), Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology (now JOM)