The National Weather Service Office in Amarillo, Texas is pleased to announce the selection of Todd Lindley as the new Science and Operations Officer (SOO).  Todd hails from Clarendon, Texas and began his National Weather Service (NWS) career as a part time student employee in Amarillo.  He is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Meteorology.  While pursuing his college education, Todd worked as a student intern in the NWS’s Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) at Norman, Oklahoma.  Once graduating with his degree, Todd was selected as an Intern Meteorologist at NWS Tulsa and was shortly promoted to a Journeyman Forecaster at NWS Midland thereafter.  Prior to his arrival at NWS Amarillo, Todd was a Senior Forecaster at NWS Lubbock.

NWS Amarillo SOO Todd Lindley (2nd from right) receives 2011 NOAA Bronze Medal.

Todd has a wealth of experience that will benefit the Panhandle Region greatly.  He has completed 16 scientific publications, papers, and conference proceedings and has given nearly 60 technical and instructional presentations during his career.  As the Science and Operations Officer, Todd will be responsible for training NWS Amarillo’s forecasters and staff, keeping up with the latest technology, and maintaining an overall picture of customer and partner’s needs as well as integrating solutions for these needs into NWS Amarillo operations.

Just recently, Todd was the co-recipient of the 2011 National Cline Award in Hydro-Meteorology for his achievements in research, forecasting, outreach, and relationship building to help mitigate the impacts from the historical 2011 West Texas drought and wildfires.  In addition, Todd received the prestigious 2011 NOAA Bronze Medal for his research in weather patterns conducive to wildfire outbreaks in West Texas and applying conclusions that mitigated losses to life and property.

Meteorologist-In-Charge, Jose Garcia, said, “Todd’s wealth of knowledge, especially in wildfire forecasting and behavior as well as his familiarity with the region, will not only greatly benefit NWS Amarillo but also the residents of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.” is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.