My name is Alex Lamers, and I am currently a Program Coordination Officer and meteorologist with NESDIS and NOAA in Washington DC. I’ve been employed with NOAA since June of 2007, and spent most of that time working in four different National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Offices. My time in the NWS was largely spent in an operational weather forecasting role — issuing official forecast and warning products. A reminder that this is my personal website, and posts here represent my work or opinions only and not necessarily those of my employer.
I feel blessed to be in a profession that I truly love. I’m reminded of that each time I go to work. Weather and science have long been passions in my life and I had a strong desire to pursue a career in the National Weather Service since I was in junior high school. I was extremely lucky to have incredible support from my family, and I was also extremely lucky to receive encouragement, advice, and lessons from very gracious NWS staff members during my high school and college years.
Although my interest in meteorology began by watching thunderstorms develop around my hometown in southeast Wisconsin, there are many aspects of the science that I find fascinating. I really enjoy operational meteorology and forecasting because each day you are presented with a new problem to solve; the atmosphere is constantly changing and evolving, and that is both challenging and interesting. I particularly enjoy mesoscale analysis and forecasting – taking an abundance of observational data and using that to assess how the atmosphere will respond in the next several hours. That particular brand of forecasting seems to be one of the ways to most directly apply and test concepts that you learn in meteorology classes to the real world.
I like to tackle issues at the intersection of science and problem solving — applying my scientific knowledge and training to seek answers, and then connecting people with that information in a way that resonates and is useful. In addition to my usual work in the realm of scientific analysis, I have a creative streak that I have occasionally put to use through web design, graphic design, image and video editing, and document and presentation formatting.
Mentorship is something else I consider to be important and rewarding. When I was a younger student interested in weather and science, I was fortunate to interact with many gracious professional meteorologists who answered my questions and helped grow my passion for science. I strongly advocate for cultivating mentorship in all professions, and I do what I can to give back to future generations of scientists through mentorship of students and younger employees.
I spent most of my childhood growing up in southeast Wisconsin, but I did live for a time in central California when I was younger. Beside meteorology and science some of my other interests include travel, sports, board games, reading, longform, podcasts, learning new things, museums, history, and film and television. You might see an occasional post on those topics on this blog.
My favorite sports to follow are football and soccer. My love of football was formed at an early age when I started going to Packers home games at Lambeau Field with my dad. If you’re a football fan – I highly recommend experiencing a game there sometime. Soccer has quickly become one of my favorite sports as professional games have become more accessible in recent years.
Last, but certainly not least, I am very happy to be married to my best friend and wife Jessica. We met at the University of Oklahoma in Norman as a pair of out-of-state meteorology students, and haven’t looked back since! ∗