Head meteorologist to address chamber breakfast June 28

Jim Stepkovich

Jim Stepkovich

Jim Stepkovich, for the last seven years meteorologist-incharge of the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Birmingham forecast office, will speak at the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Com-merce monthly breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 28. Focusing on the events of Alabama’s historic destructive tornadoes on April 27, 2011, he will discuss severe weather safety, the severe weather warning process, and how to be prepared for lifethreatening severe weather. He will also answer questions from the audience, as time allows.

Stepkovich has worked for the NWS for 30 years, since graduating from Penn State University with a degree in meteorology. He held positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently as meteorologist in-charge of the Jackson Miss., office, then the Chicago office until assuming his current position in 2005.

He is the recipient of numerous local and regional awards including office unit citations and a bronze medal for superior service during hurricane and tornado outbreaks.

He lives in the Birmingham area with his wife Barbara and two daughters. Away from the office, he spends time with various ministries of his church, enjoys all sports, contingent on knee conditions, and passionately pursues fishing – when weather permits.