As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the Regional Weather Information Center encourages application from minorities, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans, and disabled persons. UND complies with the Drug Free Work Place Act. RWIC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries and concerns regarding employment opportunities listed here may be directed to:

Professor Leon F. Osborne, Jr., Director
Regional Weather Information Center
Tulane & University Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9007
(701) 777-2479.

The Director

During his eighteen years at the University of North Dakota, Professor Leon Osborne has been actively involved in research that applies weather information technology to solve everyday problems. He has attracted over $20 million of federal research dollars to the University of North Dakota through work with such agencies as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Bureau of Reclamation. Presently, he is the principal investigator of a Federal Highway Administration Intelligent Transportation System program to demonstrate an Advanced Transportation Weather Information System for rural America. Professor Osborne's areas of expertise are in numerical weather prediction, synoptic/dynamic meteorology, and the adaptation of advanced spatial technologies for public applications.

In addition to his research, Professor Osborne serves as the coordinator of the department of atmospheric sciences undergraduate degree program and instructs courses ranging from theoretical meteorology to weather forecasting. Professor Osborne and his students provide regular weather broadcasts for the Northern Great Plains on North Dakota's PBS network, Prairie Public Television.

Professor Osborne is a native of northwest Texas where he grew-up in a small farming community. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1976 from Utah State University and completed a Master of Science in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma in 1978. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society and Chi Epsilon Pi national meteorology honor society. He is also a professional member of the American Meteorological Society and Sigma Xi. In addition to his work at the University, Professor Osborne is a board member and a coach of the Grand Forks Youth Football Association.


Regional Weather Information Center Personnel


RWIC Director: Prof. Leon F. Osborne, Jr. (leono at rwic.und.edu)

RWIC Systems Manager: John Nordlie (nordlie at rwic.und.edu)

RWIC GIS Technician: Scott Kroeber (scottk at rwic.und.edu)

RWIC Administrative Assistant: Deb Lazur (lazur at rwic.und.edu)


All RWIC personnel may be contacted by telephone at (701) 777-2479.

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