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Keith Stellman Joins NWS Peachtree City as the New Meteorologist-in-Charge
Keith Stellman recently joined the National Weather Service (NWS) Peachtree City office as the new Meteorologist-in-Charge (MIC). As MIC, Stellman will lead the office in its mission to protect life and property for 96 counties across north and central Georgia. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the talented team at the forecast office in Peachtree City as we continue improving our weather support and services to the people of greater Atlanta,” Stellman said. “The weather here can be challenging. It’s an area with busy aviation that also gets its share of flooding, severe weather and tropical storm impacts, but our office is well-positioned to handle what comes our way as we work with the community to become a more weather-ready city.”
Stellman earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, LA in 1996; and a master’s degree in meteorology from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 1999.
He started his career with the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist Intern at the Tallahassee, FL office in 1997. He served as a Senior Hydrologic Forecaster and Senior Hydrometeorologist at the Lower Mississippi and West Gulf River Forecast Centers before joining the Southern Region headquarters team as the Regional Training Officer and then as the Techniques Development Meteorologist. Most recently, Stellman served as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the NWS office in Shreveport, LA from 2007 to August 2012.
During his career, Stellman has conducted hundreds of interviews with local and national media including CNN, The New York Times and The Weather Channel. He has had the opportunity to serve as the NWS liaison to the State of Texas during high impact events and worked in the Texas State Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Rita in which he personally briefed President George W. Bush. In addition, Stellman has been deployed to the National Hurricane Center as a member of the NWS Hurricane Liaison Team in which he was responsible for briefing FEMA and The White House.
Not only is Stellman well versed in communication and briefing skills, he also brings a strong technological background to the office. He was a developer for the RIDGE radar GIS webpage and the River Forecast Center Precipitation Analysis GIS website. Most recently, Stellman has been part of a group to develop the Damage Assessment Toolkit, a program to help collect detailed information on damage surveys and display this information in an interactive map and meaningful way in which partners can extract the data.
With his extensive skill set, we are excited to have Stellman join the team here in Peachtree City! Stay tuned for changes and new ideas from our office as Keith settles in!
View press release here (PDF).