Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS)
Alek Krautmann is a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans/Baton Rouge office. The NWS is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and has the local weather forecast and warning responsibilities for southeast Louisiana, south Mississippi, and offshore waters out to 60 miles. With frequent thunderstorms year-round and the annual threat during hurricane season, the central Gulf Coast is one of the more active parts of the country for weather. Alek works to promote an informed society; one that anticipates and is able to respond to the weather and climate hazards in our world. He was formerly a Research Associate with the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), which is a NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey in Norman, OK. While with SCIPP he spent time on an assessment of the organizational response to the 2013 Moore, OK tornado disaster and completed a series of climate workshops for environmental professionals at Oklahoma and Texas Native American tribes.
Since living in New Orleans Alek participates in community service projects and events as a member of the Young Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Ohio University (M.S. Geography) and the University of Oklahoma (B.S. Meteorology), including a semester abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has a background in government and public policy and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.
From August 11 to 13, 2016 a large portion of southeast and south central Louisiana received 10+ inches of rain with pockets of more than 20 inches. Nearly 32 inches from a rain gauge in Watson, LA was the highest observed total. The rain led to widespread flash flooding, more than 60,000 homes damaged, thousands of high water rescues and 13 fatalities. This presentation will review the extreme rainfall and provide historical context to the event.