Contact: Marcie Katcher FOR IMMEDIATE
631-244-0149 February 2, 2010
Christopher Strager of Pittsburgh to Lead
the Weather Service’s Eastern Region
Christopher Strager, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is leaving
his position as head of the Pittsburgh Weather Forecast Office
to become the new director of the National Weather Service’s
eastern region in Bohemia, N.Y.
The eastern region provides weather, water, aviation and climate
services to more than 93 million people in 21 states from Maine
to northern Georgia, westward to Ohio, and includes 23 weather
forecast offices, three river forecast centers and four center
weather service units.
“Chris will be an outstanding asset to the eastern region,” said
Jack Hayes, Ph.D., director of the National Weather Service. “His
experience in both the Air Force Weather Agency and the National
Weather Service has provided him with a broad range of expertise
in operations and meteorology, including a solid background in
During his time as meteorologist-in-charge of the Pittsburgh Weather
Forecast Office, Strager also led a team to develop improvements
for the Federal Aviation Administration’s national weather
“It’s truly an honor to lead a team whose mission
is to put public safety first, by issuing accurate and timely warnings
to save lives and property,” Strager said. “We will
keep improving operations using emerging technologies to enhance
our products and services for the American people, American industry
and our federal, state and local emergency responders.”
Strager started his career as an enlisted weather observer with
the Air Force in 1978. He was commissioned to Second Lieutenant
with assignments in Panama City, Panama and Andrews Air Force Base
In 1992, Strager joined NOAA's National Weather Service at the
weather forecast office in Portland, Maine. He has held leadership
positions at Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Route
Traffic Control Center/center weather service unit in Oberlin,
Ohio, as well in Grand Forks, N.D., and Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2003
he became the regional aviation meteorologist in Anchorage, Alaska.
In 2004 he became the deputy director of the Alaska region, where
he remained until becoming the meteorologist-in-charge of the Pittsburgh
office in 2008.
He has received a Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his
work during the Red River flood in the Northern Plains and the
Isaac Cline Award in meteorology for service during a tornado outbreak
With nearly 30 years of Air Force service, both active duty and
Air National Guard, Strager will retain his duties as the Commander
of the Air National Guard’s 146th Weather Flight in Pittsburgh.
During active duty, he received a Bronze Star for leadership during
Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he and his team provided specialized
aviation forecasts for Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during the
initial phases of the conflict.
Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Pennsylvania
State University in 1983 and a Master of Science in Meteorology
from Texas A&M University in 1989.
understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment,
from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves
and manages our coastal and marine resources.
On the Web:
National Weather Service: www.weather.gov
National Weather Service, Eastern Region: www.erh.noaa.gov
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration: www.noaa.gov