Hurricane expert named head of National Weather Service in San Diego

Matt Moreland, a meteorologist who has helped forecast hurricanes in such hot spots as New Orleans, Houston and the Florida Keys, has been named meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service office in San Diego.

Moreland, 43, has just arrived from the NWS office in Key West, where he played a lead role in forecasting Hurricane Irma, which slammed Florida in early September.

The San Diego office, which is located in Rancho Bernardo, serves more than 10 million people who live in a service area that includes all of San Diego and Orange counties, as well as western Riverside and southwestern San Bernardino counties.

San Diego’s weather is far less dynamic than places like Houston, which receives about 50 inches of rain during an average year. San Diego averages about 10 inches.

But Moreland is glad to be here, saying, “I’ve always loved the western United States. I’ve always looked for opportunities to come out here.”

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