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Weyman of the National Weather Service retires


James C. (Jim) Weyman, meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service weather forecast office and director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, retired March 31, after 15 years of service in the islands and more than 40 years of combined federal service.

From 1970 through 1990, Weyman served as meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in Texas, Kansas, Germany, Massachusetts, Alabama and Oklahoma.

In the last five years of his Air Force career, Weyman was the test director for a multi-agency, 161-member, text team composed of the National Weather Service, Department of Defense and the FederalAviation Administration. The text team tested, prior to acceptance, the current and widely used United States Doppler Weather Radar.

Weyman retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Weyman began working for the National Weather Service in 1990 as the deputy meteorologist-in-charge and warning coordination meteorologist at the weather forecast office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

In 1996, Weyman and his family moved across the Pacific when he became the meteorologist-in-charge of the weather forecast office and the director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu.

Weyman has also held many international positions for the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission.

Throughout his National Weather Service career, Weyman has supported the National Weather Service mission to protect and lives and property by forecasting severe weather.

In Honolulu, he supervised a staff of more than 40 people, including meteorological and electronic technicians, interns, computer support staff and over 20 meteorologists.

He successfully guided the office through numerous and notable weather events, including the infamous “40 days and 40 nights” of rain in 2006, the Halloween or Manoa Flood in 2004 which caused extensive damage to the University of Hawaii, and several close calls by hurricanes.

Weyman and his wife Linda have been married for 40 years and have three children and three grandchildren. He will be leaving the islands and returning to the east coast to be closer to family.

Raymond Tanabe, the current director of operations, will be the acting meteorologist-in-charge of the weather forecast office and director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

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