Associate Director of OCS and Manager of the Mesonet
Oklahoma Mesonet, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma
All aspects of the Oklahoma Mesonet
Chris earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. His research focus involved improving our climate data through the use of automated weather stations. He has also published papers on data quality assurance, the history of weather observations , and meteorological instrumentation. During college, Chris spent a year as an intern at National Weather Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Chris got his interest in weather from his grandmother, who took daily weather observations as a coop observer in Texas for 35 years. When he was in high school, Chris deployed 16 rain gauges across his county and looked at the local variability for a science fair project. He came to OU in 1993, just as the Oklahoma Mesonet was getting started.
Chris is currently the Associate Director at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and Manager of the Mesonet. He works with all aspects of the Mesonet, from laboratory calibrations to site maintenance to Mesonet websites and outreach to teachers and emergency managers.