Veteran Meteorologist Becomes Leader at NOAA’s National Weather Service Office in Milwaukee

October 23, 2008

Stephen Brueske, a meteorologist with 24 years of forecasting experience, begins his duties today as meteorologist in charge at NOAA’s Milwaukee National Weather Service forecast office.  

“Steve has worked  at a variety of National Weather Service locations and brings a wealth of weather forecasting knowledge that will serve the people of southern and southeastern Wisconsin well,” said Lynn P. Maximuk, director of the 14-state National Weather Service central region.

Brueske’s National Weather Service experience includes serving as a radar instructor at the warning decision training branch in Norman, Okla.; a term as science and operations officer at the Charleston, S.C., forecast office; and meteorologist in charge at the Great Falls, Mont., forecast office. Prior to his selection to lead the Milwaukee office, he was deputy chief of the systems operations division at western region headquarters in Salt Lake City.

“One of the most important duties for any meteorologist in charge is to make sure area residents are promptly informed of changing weather conditions. This forecast office has a very talented staff with long-standing relationships with local government, emergency managers and the media and I look forward to working with all our partners to provide accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings,” Brueske said.

Brueske earned his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, with a minor in computer science, from Bethel University in Minnesota. He studied atmospheric science at Creighton University, and received his master’s degree in meteorology from Penn State University in 1990. Prior to joining NOAA he served eight years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather officer.

NOAA 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.

Note: Media interested in arranging interviews with Steve Brueske may contact the Milwaukee weather forecast office in Dousman at 262-965-5061 ext. 726.