Jared Rennie, Certified Consulting Meteorologist

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I have been passionate about the weather ever since I was a child. After getting caught in a thunderstorm during a Boy Scout trip, I became very interested in forecasting the weather. I would study National Weather Service forecasts and glue my eyes to the Weather Channel during a local severe event. Needless to say meteorology was something I wanted to pursue.

I spent my college career at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where I received both my Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Meteorology. My master's thesis included evaluating and introducing techniques to predict strong wind events over NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As an undergraduate student, I received the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship and participated in a summer internship at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Oklahoma. During my time there I compared conventional radar products to newer technologies, including the National Severe Storms Laboratory's Phased Array Radar.

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Currently, I am a research meteorologist at the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS), housed within NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in Asheville, North Carolina. I currently support maintenance and expansion of major land surface temperature datasets, including the Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN). These products are essential to address climate data needs on a national and international scale. I have also worked on projects using various weather datasets, working with organizations such as:

  • Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • The Society of Actuaries (SOA).
  • Department of Defense (DoD).

I have been a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) since 2004, and currently serve as the chair of the Board for Early Career Professionals. I am President of the Local Asheville, NC chapter, and in January 2018, was awarded the recognition of Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM).

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The Certified Consulting Meteorologist (CCM) designation is issued by the AMS to highly qualified meteorologists providing research and services to a wide variety of users of weather information, including agriculture, business, industry, and various sectors of government. CCMs are highly regarded by their peers in meteorology. They are considered experts in the application of weather information to a host of practical challenges ranging from specialized forecasts to engineering design support and expert testimony on weather-related court cases.