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NOAA Appoints New Regional Director for National Weather Service in Alaska

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has appointed a new regional director for the National Weather Service (NWS) in Alaska. Aimee M. Devaris will serve as director of the Alaska region, one of six in the nation.

The NWS is responsible for providing weather and water forecasts, warnings, and other information, including specialized alerts for volcanic ash and tsunami hazards for the largest geographic region in the nation. The region’s facilities include three weather forecast offices, 12 remote weather service offices, the National Tsunami Warning Center, the Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center, the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit and the Center Weather Service Unit.

Devaris began her National Weather Service career as an intern at the weather service office in Kodiak in 1994. She worked through the ranks as a forecaster and became a warning coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Juneau. She moved to Anchorage in 2001 to assume programmatic responsibilities at the regional headquarters office.

In 2005, Devaris moved to weather service headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland to serve as the chief of the performance branch, where she was in charge of quality assurance. She was then chosen as executive officer for the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services (OCWWS) where she led the service’s national budget planning activities. Her selection as deputy director to Alaska region brought her back to "The Last Frontier" in 2008.

Devaris graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with a Master of Science degree in Engineering and Science Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University.

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