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Staff Members

Charles E. Konrad II

Charles E. Konrad II
Director & Professor
Carolina Hall 305
919-962-3873
konrad@unc.edu
Website

Charles, "Chip," Konrad, II, grew up in Roanoke, VA, where he spent lots of time following the weather, poring over maps, collecting rocks, and hiking the mountains. He earned a B.S. in Geophysics from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia.

Chip became a professor at the University of North Carolina in 1993. His research focuses on the synoptic climatological characteristics of extreme weather and their impacts across the southeastern United States. He has much expertise across a wide range of areas in climatology and meteorology, including heavy precipitation, tornadoes, hurricanes, cold air outbreaks, heat waves, and winter weather.

Chip has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, the International Journal of Climatology, Climate Research, and Applied Geography. He also co-authored on the Southeast Technical Report for the National Climate Assessment, and has served as the Director of the Southeast Regional Climate Center since 2010.

Sandra Rayne

Sandra Rayne
Regional Climatologist
Albert & Gladys Coates Bldg 202
919-843-2704
srayne@email.unc.edu

Sandra grew up on Long Island, and after experiencing hurricane Bob during the summer of 1991, she knew she wanted to work in the field of weather and climate. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University, and then her Master’s degree in geosciences with an emphasis in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.

From the south, she headed west and earned her Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Nevada at Reno, where she focused on the impacts of air quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Sandra has experienced many different weather events across the United States and is excited to share her experience and expertise with the Southeast Regional Climate Center.

William G. Schmitz

William G. Schmitz
Service Climatologist-Meteorologist
Albert & Gladys Coats Bldg 203
919-843-9721
wschmitz@email.unc.edu

William spent most of his youth in California near San Francisco. He moved to Vermont in the early 1990’s so that he could experience some real weather. When the March Super Storm of 1993, came plowing up the East Coast, it planted the passion and ambition for Weather/Climate that would drive William along his career path. In 1998 he obtained his Associates Degree in Physics, and subsequently transferred to Plymouth, NH where in 2001 he graduated with a Bachelors in Meteorology.

William's first job was with Aquila Inc., a Kansas City, MO, based energy company that was spinning up a Weather Derivative Desk. While in Kansas City, William was a Climate Data Analyst and managed a global database of weather data.

William then went on to Work with a small group called GuaranteedWeather and finally with the Southeast Regional Climate Center in 2005. Within the SERCC, William is the Service Climatologist and is responsible for climate research associated with the Southeastern U.S., and educating current and new users on how the SERCC can be of assistance to them.

Jordan McLeod

Jordan McLeod
Applied Climatologist
Albert & Gladys Coates Bldg 201B
336.655.9468
jtmcleod@email.unc.edu

Jordan McLeod is originally from Warner Robins, Georgia. In 2011, he received a B.A. degree in Geography with a concentration in Earth Environmental Systems from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also minored in History with a focus on the American Civil War. Most recently, he earned an M.S. degree in Geography with a concentration in Atmospheric Science from the University of Georgia. Jordan’s primary interests include weather/climate extremes across the United States, tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin, and atmospheric circulation variability over the Arctic region. Learning about the Earth’s weather and climate system has been a passion since childhood, and Jordan hopes to maximize his potential as a “weather fanatic”.

Montana A. Eck

Montana A. Eck
Graduate Research Associate
Albert & Gladys Coates Bldg
828-460-6780
maeck@live.unc.edu

A native of western North Carolina, Montana grew up in the mountains of McDowell County in the small town of Old Fort. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Appalachian State University, earning a BA in History and a MA in Geography respectively. His interest in weather began in September 2004 when Hurricanes Frances and Ivan brought devastating flooding to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since that time, Montana has been fascinated by extreme weather events ranging from drought to snowstorms. As a Ph.D. student in Geography at UNC Chapel Hill, his research is aimed at investigating heavy precipitation events in the southeastern United States. Specifically, he is focused on understanding the impact of atmospheric rivers on flooding events in the region.

Jordan James Clark

Jordan James Clark
Graduate Research Associate
Albert & Gladys Coates Bldg
704-300-5702
jordan.clark@unc.edu

Jordan grew up in Shelby, North Carolina and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in geography, specializing in earth and environmental systems, and a bachelor’s degree in political science. From a young age, he quickly developed a fascination with weather, especially with observing and tracking severe weather events and winter storms. Following this pattern, as a current doctoral student in the Geography department at UNC-Chapel Hill and a research assistant for the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, CISA, his research is at the intersection of climate and public health. Specifically, he is focused exploring the utility of existing heat stress indices in modeling health outcomes and individual-level vulnerability to excessive heat.

Yates McConnell

Yates McConnell
Research Associate
Albert & Gladys Coates Bldg 201B
yatesmcc@live.unc.edu

From New Hill, North Carolina, Yates grew up on a farm where his love for the environment and climate began. Graduating from UNC in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Geography, hoping to ultimately attend graduate school to study hydrology upon graduation. Working for the Southeast Regional Climate Center, he primarily focuses on climate-health vulnerabilities and the societal and meteorological influences behind rip current rescues in the Carolinas.