As Director of the National Weather Service Western Region, Vickie Nadolski is responsible for the management and operation of twenty-four Weather Forecast Offices (WFO), three River Forecast Centers (RFC), and four Aviation Center Weather Service Units.
Ms. Nadolski's career spans more than three decades of dedicated public service at the NWS. Before assuming her current position, Ms. Nadolski served as Deputy Director of the NWS.
In the early 1980s, Ms. Nadolski began development of sensors and algorithms to support automation and managed demonstration test bed projects at the NWS Sterling, Virginia, Test and Development Center. She served more than a decade in both program management and as the manager of the $230 million tri-agency acquisition of the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) at the NWS Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. She oversaw the collaborative efforts of the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and Department of Transportation as they defined, developed, and implemented more than 900 ASOS sites.
Ms. Nadolski first came to the NWS in 1976 as a staff meteorologist in Cleveland, Ohio, where she issued public, aviation, and marine weather forecasts and warnings for 32 counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Lake Erie.
Ms. Nadolski holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science equivalent in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. She became a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in January 2006. Her numerous awards include the Department of Commerce Silver Medal and several awards from local, state, and national organizations for her work on automating surface observations.
Ms. Nadolski serves on the AMS Board on Women and Minorities. She also serves as the gender focal point for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), WMO Commission for Basic Systems, and WMO Commission on Instruments and Methods of Observations.