Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc. is proud to announce Mark Willis as the new Chief Meteorologist, who will shift from his position as Atlantic Forecast Chief and commence his role as leader of the company’s renowned forecasting and meteorology team.
Willis, an East Coast native, will oversee surf and marine forecasting, training, and meteorological development for the company. He worked at Surfline and was recruited back by Sean Collins in 2011 to help lead the effort in becoming the world's best and most sophisticated global marine and surf forecasting company. His combination of experience in research, global operational forecasting, and program management puts him in a unique position to lead the company’s growing meteorology program.
Willis rejoined Surfline from his position as Marine Program Manager at the National Weather Service (NWS) Eastern Region Headquarters in Long Island, New York. His role as Marine Program Manager involved directing policy, emerging science, and high level customer relations related to the marine, extratropical storm surge, and tsunami programs for a large portion of the East Coast and Great Lakes. His regional headquarters position also gave him experience working in the Regional Operations Center, which serves as a hub for high impact weather events and relays pertinent information to field offices, the media, and various emergency management officials. Willis also spent time as an operational NWS forecaster at field offices in Eureka, California, Morehead City, North Carolina and at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. While at NWS, Mark was responsible for implementing several marine forecasting tools into operations. In addition, he authored several scientific papers and won the prestigious Isaac Cline Award several times for superior efforts related to severe weather outbreaks, wave modeling program management, and upper air observations. He also won the inaugural Joanne Simpson Mentorship Award, presented by the American Meteorological Society in 2012.
Before joining the NWS in the early 2000s, Mark served as Surfline’s East Coast Forecast Manager, where he learned the ropes from the likes of Vic Morris and Sean Collins, two of the world's best surf forecasters. One of his most memorable moments of his first tenure at Surfline was helping to make the call for the finals of the Red Bull Icebreak surf competition in Nova Scotia.
Willis received his bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Florida State University and his master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His master’s thesis focused on ocean wave modeling, using the Wavewatch 3 model, and how ocean waves lead to infrasonic oscillations in the atmosphere.
Mark explains, “It's an honor just to be a part of such a talented and passionate team of professionals...let alone help lead our push into the next generation of global marine weather products for the ocean enthusiast."