Lee Chesneau

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Lee Chesneau is a professional meteorologist with more than 45 years of experience, including forecaster assignments with NOAA's Satellite Service (NESDIS), the National Weather Service (NWS) and over eighteen years with the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC). He also served in the U.S. Navy. He now is a private weather consultant and teaches USCG-approved course in meteorology to professional mariners at several continuing education and training institutions, including MITAGS/PMI and STAR Center.

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Op-Ed: Staffing Shortage Spells Trouble for High Seas Forecasts

By Lee Chesneau 2018-07-25 21:29:00

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean Prediction Center is short of the number of forecasters required to perform high-quality 24/7 operations, hindering its ability to support the maritime community. OPC has five workstations that provide warning and forecast services for the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The normal staffing arrangement to support round-the-clock warnings and forecast coverage is five people per desk (25 in total). The hours assigned to each desk...

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