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Robert (Bob) Thompson has been the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Southern New England National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Taunton, MA since November 1989. He previously was the Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Reno, NV forecast office for three years. Other NWS assignments included meteorologist positions in Albany, New York, Anchorage, Alaska (where he specialized in fire weather and avalanche forecasting), and at NWS headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Thompson's career with the NWS started as a summer student trainee at the Boston office. He received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington (in Seattle). As Meteorologist-in-Charge, he manages a 24/7 operations entrusted to provide warnings and forecasts for the protection of life and property and enhancement of our nation's economy. Responsibilities include frequent interaction with emergency managers, other decision-makers, and the media throughout southern New England. Mr. Thompson is a charter member of the NOAA Atlantic Regional Team and leads a Resiliency Subteam. His office has been a pioneer in developing digital aviation forecasts and enhancing coastal flood warning services.