I was born and lived the first several years of my life in the metro Detroit area (in and near Plymouth, MI). At the age of 10, my family moved into northern Michigan on the shores of Higgins Lake, near the town of Roscommon. I graduated from high school there. I became interested in meteorology through a young childhood fear of thunderstorms. At around the age of 4, my sister started to take me to the library to check out books on weather; she wanted me to be less afraid of storms by learning more about them (and thereby stop waking her up in the middle of the night when I was afraid!). Her trick worked; I checked out every book on weather within a year or two, and have loved meteorology ever since.
Despite my interest in weather, when I entered college at Central Michigan University, I started to study for a career in education. After taking a meteorology class halfway through my college program, I realized that I was more passionate about the weather and changed my focus to meterology. (After all, I can teach within my job without having a teaching certificate.) After 5 years of school, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Geography, minor in Math, and a Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in History. I then attended graduate school at Penn State where I earned a Master of Science in Meteorology, with thesis work in the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones. After graduation from Penn State I entered the work force with the National Weather Service at national headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, as a customer and partner liaison (the go-to outreach person) for the NWS's climate program.
National Weather Service Climate Services Division in Silver Spring, MD, Meteorologist (Customer and Partner Liaison). May 2002 through May 2005.
National Weather Service in the Quad Cities (Davenport), IA, General Forecaster. May 2005 through March 2008.
National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley, NE, General Forecaster. March 2008 through present.
-Prater, B.E., 2002: Representing the extratropical transition of Hurricane Irene (1999) in MM5 simulations. M.S. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 153 pp.
-Mayes, B.E., J.M. Boustead, C. Cogil, G.R. Lussky, J.S. Boyne, and R.S. Ryrholm, 2008: Synoptic-scale convective environment climatology by ENSO phase in the north central U.S. Preprints, 24th Conf. on Severe Local Storms, Savannah, GA, Amer. Meteor. Soc.
-Evans, J.L., and B.E. Prater-Mayes, 2004: Factors affecting the post-transition intensification of Hurricane Irene (1999). Mon. Wea. Rev., Vol. 132, No. 6, 1355-1368.
I grew up in and around the Omaha, NE area. My interest in weather formed at an early age, when in July of 1980, Woodbine, IA (the town I was living in at the time) experienced a devastating wind and hail storm. Since that time, I have always wanted to be a meterologist. After graduating high school, I attended Creighton University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences. Late in my college years, I had the oppurtunity to volunteer at the National Weather Service in Omaha, which led to an internship and eventual job after graduation.
During college, I was lucky enough to be part of a research program for undergraduates in Norman, OK, where I met my eventual wife you see on the left. After 9 years of chasing her, we finally got married in Las Vegas in September of 2008.
National Weather Serivce in Jackson, MS, Met. Intern. Aug 2001 through April 2002.
National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, SD, General Forecaster. April 2002 through October 2004.
National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley, NE, General Forecaster. October 2004 through January 2008.
National Weather Service in Topeka, KS, Lead Forecaster. January 2008 through April 2009.
National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley, NE, Lead Forecaster. April 2009 through present.
-Douglas, M. W., J. Mejia, N. Ordinola, J. Boustead, 2008: Synoptic variability of rainfall along the northern Peruvian coast during the 1997-8 El Nino event. Mon. Wea. Review.
-Boustead, J. M. and P. N. Schumacher, 2008: The development of multiple low-level mesocyclones within a supercell. Preprints, 24th Conf. on Svr. Local Storms, Savannah, GA