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NWS Climate Services Seminar Series
Natalie Umphlett and Kyle Brehe
Natalie Umphlett is the interim director and regional climatologist of the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC). The HPRCC is housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its mission is to increase the use and availability of climate data and information in the High Plains region. Natalie joined the Center in 2008 and hasn't had a boring day of work since. She holds a B.S. in Meteorology/Climatology and an M.S. in Geosciences, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Climate Assessment and Impacts and is expected to graduate next year. Although she has lived in Nebraska for quite some time, she is originally from Gainesville, GA and became interested in the weather when a tornado hit her hometown, including her high school, on March 20, 1998. For fun, Natalie enjoys cooking, gardening, running, and traveling.

Born and raised in South Dakota, Kyle graduated with an undergraduate degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) in 2004. His major was interdisciplinary studies with an atmospheric sciences focus. During that time Kyle worked for the Animal and Range Sciences department at SDSU (S. Dak. St.). Following the completion of his B.S., Kyle worked for the South Dakota state climatologist at the time, Dr. Dennis Todey, installing mesonet stations throughout western South Dakota. He returned to SDSMT and completed his master's degree in 2007; his thesis focused on micrometeorology (trace gas fluxes/carbon budgets). Following the completion of his M.S., Kyle obtained employment at the Southern Regional Climate Center (SRCC) as the user services climatologist, beginning in 2008. He remained in that position until April 2017, at which point he was promoted to his current position of regional climatologist at the SRCC.
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