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NWS Climate Services Seminar Series
Nina Oakley and Beth Hall
Nina Oakley is Regional Climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Nina has been with WRCC for over 6 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), and is currently working on a PhD in Atmospheric Science at UNR studying extreme precipitation and debris flows in California. Besides weather and climate, Nina enjoys surfing, paddling, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Dr. Hall joined the MRCC in January 2012 as its Director. Her career with the Regional Climate Center program began in 1995 when she started her Master's Degree in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), with the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC). Her research began with the development of Nevada climate products for the local National Weather Service's (NWS-Reno) fire weather forecaster.

After earning her PhD at UNR in Atmospheric Sciences, she entered the field of academia becoming a lecturer and state climatologist at the University of New Hampshire. Here, she gained a greater appreciation for the diversity of not only climate across the US but the funding, responsibilities, and roles each state climatologist has and how state climatologists can complement the US Regional Climate Centers and other climate services programs.

Since joining the MRCC, Dr. Hall has worked closely with the NWS-WFOs across her region and has lead regional road trips that allowed her and her staff to meet with over 22 offices across her region.
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To ensure NWS has the capacity to develop and deliver reliable climate services integrated with weather and water information through user engagement, policy development, data stewardship, incorporation of research into operations, training, education, and outreach in collaboration with partners.

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