Each Groundhog Day, The Weather Discovery Center honors individuals who have advanced the knowledge of weather science, climatology, and meteorology.
As Hall of Fame members, they help to represent and advance the mission of the Weather Discovery Center, which is to help visitors explore and understand the science behind weather phenomena.
Join us in February as we induct our newest Hall of Fame member!
Louis W. Uccellini, Ph.D.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Assistant Administrator for Weather Services, and Director of the National Weather Service, Dr. Louis W. Uccellini is the 2016 inductee into the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center’s Meteorologist Hall of Fame. Dr. Uccellini accepted his honor at an induction ceremony at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.
He is responsible for the day-to-day civilian weather operations for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters, and ocean areas. Dr. Uccellini’s interest in weather began early on as he was growing up on Long Island, N.Y. In 1954, Hurricane Carol made landfall on Long Island producing extensive damage, and the following year, Tropical Storm Diane produced record amounts of rainfall in the area. He began his career in weather in 1978 at Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laboratory for Atmospheres in Maryland and received his Bachelor of Science, Master, and Ph.D. degrees—all in meteorology—from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Click here for more about his biography.