Marine Weather is a service of the Coastal
Weather Research Center at the University of South
Alabama. The purpose of this website is to provide useful information for the everyday needs of the amateur or professional angler. To do this, Dr. Bill's Marine Weather has combined exclusive products of the Coastal Weather Research Center with public products of several government agencies such as the National Weather Service, the National Ocean Service and the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Some of the products utilized in Dr. Bill's Marine Weather come from the resources of the Coastal Weather Research Center, a fully operational forecast service located on the main campus of USA. Since it's opening on January 1, 1988, the Weather Center has been providing accurate and timely information to businesses and industries across the South. Now, the staff of the Weather Center is able to direct important information to those involved in Gulf Coast fishing.
The Weather Center is directed by Dr. Bill Williams, meteorologist and Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Williams has been teaching meteorology and geography at USA since 1967 and during that period has authored numerous publications including the annual Mobile Weather and Marine Almanac. In addition, he developed both the Coastal Weather Research Center and USA's undergraduate meteorology program, the first and only undergraduate meteorology program in Alabama. Dr. Williams has also served as chief meteorologist for Mobile radio stations WKSJ and WNTM and is now the weather voice of FM Talk1065. He has also served as severe storm analyst for WKRG-TV in Mobile.
Dr. Keith Blackwell assists in the forecasting operations at Coastal Weather and also serves as the Center's chief hurricane specialist. Dr. Blackwell has a wealth of meteorological experience, especially along the Gulf Coast. A native of Mobile, he served as a forecast meteorologist with the U.S. Air Force for 13 years during which he helped develop the meteorology program at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He is now a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force Reserves. Dr. Blackwell is presently an associate professor of meteorology at the University of South Alabama, the author of numerous publications and the creator of a highly successful hurricane forecast model that is now used at the Coastal Weather Research Center.
Andrew Murray is an instructor in Meteorology at the University of South Alabama. Andrew serves as a hurricane and severe thunderstorm specialist at Coastal Weather. Andrew is a graduate of the USA meteorology program and after completing his M.S.at Florida State, returned to USA as a full-time faculty member.
Corey Bunn is a full-time forecast meteorologist with Coastal Weather focusing on daily forecasting and issuing severe weather warnings. Corey joined the Coastal Weather team in 2012 after completing his undergraduate degree in meteorology at USA.
The daily operations of the Weather Center are the concern of Pete McCarty. Pete has served as manager of the Weather Center since its opening day and has developed a keen insight into the informational needs of Alabama fishermen. In addition, Pete McCarty formulated many of the forecast and communication procedures currently used at the Center. In addition to his forecasting and managerial duties, Pete maintains the Center's weather archive and assists in the preparation of the Mobile Weather and Marine Almanac.