David Imy, 43, works for Storm Prediction
He has a COOL JOB as a Meteorologist.
words to describe David Imys job at the
Storm Prediction Center are
Imy works for the National Weather Service as a forecaster. On
April 2nd, 1957, a tornado moved
Dallas. According to my mom, she carried me outside to see if the
tornado was coming our way. Even though I was only 6 months old,
my mom believes that this tornadic event was responsible for my
interest in weather, and severe weather in particular. I had a rain
gauge when I was 4-5 years old and have always had an interest in
Imy has been at the Storm Center for 21 years. His first big break
was in October 1979, two months before his graduation from Texas
A&M University. Two intern positions opened at Little Rock, AR.
At the time, he was planning to attend graduate school and work
toward a Masters Degree. He was accepted for the position in November
and reported to work for the National Weather
Service on December 31, 1979.
Day in the Life Of:
As a forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), every
day presents a different challenge of forecasting where severe weather
will occur across the continental United States. No two weather
events are exactly the same, so each day brings a new and interesting
challenge to determine where severe weather is likely, what the
main severe weather threat will be and then issue the appropriate
the severe thunderstorm and tornado watches are issued at the SPC.
Imy said this
is a unique aspect of severe weather forecasting as the goal of
the watch is to be issued before the severe weather, and sometimes
even the thunderstorms, develop. At times, this is not possible
because weather forecasting is an imperfect science and trying to
determine exactly when and where severe storms will develop is very
difficult. Forecasters work 8 hours shifts, 5 days a week.
Forecasting severe weather and knowing that
the severe weather forecasts issued have a positive effect on saving
Explaining why a tornado watch was not issued
for a town that was struck by a tornado.
Hobbies include: growing roses, playing softball, bowling, following
the stock market and being with family.
from the Wise:
Apply yourself in school. Take as much math
and physics as possible in high school. Also become very familiar
with the use of computers (learning to program never hurts).
Bachelors Degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University