Episode 211: What Can We Learn from an Incident Meteorologist?

Meet the Expert: Jon Fox, Incident Meteorologist for National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington

Jon Fox

I’m am Forecaster and Incident Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Spokane Washington. I have been working for the National Weather Service since 1990, shortly after I graduated from the University of Wisconsin. I began my career in Rochester, MN followed by a brief stint in Eureka, CA. I have been working in Spokane since 1998 and took on the duty of becoming an Incident Meteorologist in 2011. As an in office meteorologist, I work rotating shifts since we are responsible for issuing weather forecasts and providing meteorological services on a 24/7 basis, including weekends and holidays. As an incident meteorologist I am sent wherever active fires need the assistance of an onsite meteorologist. These dispatches involve traveling to distant locations, sleeping in tents, and working 16 hour days for up to two weeks. Despite those challenges this is definitely the most rewarding part of my career! In my free time, I like to hike, bike, golf, and travel with my wife, Robin, and our two dogs.




Jon Fox working on wildfires     Jon Fox incident meteorologist

                                                            Jon at work at a wildfire!


Learn more about what Incident Meteorologist does HERE –>  https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/9776f645cb284d5296509400cd091911




Challenge: Take a look at the weather forecast for the week. Then keep track of the weather every day yourself, and compare the two. 

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Book List:

National Geographic Kids Everything Weather: Facts, Photos, and Fun that Will Blow You Away 
by Kathy Furgang

What’s the Weather?: Clouds, Climate, and Global Warming by Fraser Ralston and Judith Ralston

A Drop Around the World: The Science Of Water Cycles On Planet Earth For Kids
by Barbara Shaw McKinney (Author), Michael S. Maydak (Illustrator)

All About Hurricanes (A True Book: Natural Disasters) by Cody Crane



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