NWS appoints new leader for northern Indiana office

Photo of meteorologist Mark Frazier
Mark Frazier, incoming meteorologist in charge, National Weather Service northern Indiana office (Grand Forks Herald photo)

The National Weather Service (NWS) has appointed Mark Frazier to the position of meteorologist in charge (MIC) at its northern Indiana forecast office in Syracuse, Ind. Frazier will succeed Mike Sabones, who retired at the beginning of 2013.

Frazier is currently MIC at the Grand Forks, N.D. office and has nearly 24 years of experience with the NWS. Frazier began his career in weather forecasting as a meteorologist with the NWS Office in Pittsburgh in 1991, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from The Ohio State University in 1989. He was promoted to a general meteorologist position in 1994 and promoted to senior meteorologist in 1999, both at the Memphis, Tenn. NWS office. In November 2003, Frazier became warning coordination meteorologist at the Shreveport, La. office and in 2007, he was promoted to MIC in Grand Forks.

Frazier has been directly involved with several significant weather events during his career, including nor’easters, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, blizzards, and record flooding of the Red River of the North. While Frazier was at the Shreveport office, it received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bronze Award after Hurricane Rita of 2005. From 2009 to 2011, the Grand Forks office received the Department of Commerce Silver and NOAA Bronze awards for its handling of major to record Red River of the North flood events.

Frazier’s official reporting date at the northern Indiana office is May 4