Dr. Williams has been associated with the University of South Alabama since March 1967. During that time he has taught courses in regional and physical geography, meteorology, and climatology. In addition, he has taught coastal climatology at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and summer geography courses at the University of West Florida. In 1987, after serving for five years as General Manager of Capitol Weather Service in Mobile and a Lecturer at USA, Dr. Williams proposed and developed USA's Coastal Weather Research Center, which officially began operation on January 1, 1988. Dr. Williams returned as an Associate Professor and became the Director of the Weather Center, the only full-service weather forecasting operation in the nation located on a university campus. In 1991, he started the first undergraduate program in meteorology in Alabama. Working closely with AFROTC, the curriculum was designed to meet the requirements of the Air Force and the National Weather Service. Dr. Williams has served as Meteorology Coordinator developing the program and recruiting students.
Dr. Williams was Chief Meteorologist for WKSJ and WNTM in Mobile. On January 29, 1979 he started with WKSJ and for 20 years provided daily reports to Gulf Coast residents through heat and cold waves, floods, drought, and memorable events such as Frederic, Elena, and Danny.
In June 1999, Dr. Williams became a severe weather analyst for WKRG-TV in Mobile and a member of the WKRG First Alert Storm Team. Dr. Williams returned to radio in 2002 and served as Chief Meteorologist for Mobile radio stations WNSP-FM and WZEW-FM through 2008. In 2009, he became Chief Meteorologist for WAVH-FM (FM Talk 106.5)
Prior to his appointment at the University of South Alabama in 1967, Dr. Williams worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau at La Guardia Airport and the International Aviation Forecasting Unit at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
to his appointment at the University of South Alabama
in 1967, Dr. Williams worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau
at La Guardia Airport and the International Aviation
Forecasting Unit at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York
Dr. Williams has published in the areas of radar and satellite climatology and the climatology of tropical environments. He is also publisher of the Mobile Weather and Marine Almanac. In 2004, Dr. Williams narrated and wrote the script for the DVD entitled “Hurricane Ivan: A Portrait from Earth and Space”. The following year he narrated and wrote the script for second DVD called “Hurricane Katrina: America’s Costliest Storm.” A third DVD was produced in 2007 called “The Winds of Katrina.”
Dr Williams retired from full-time teaching in August of 2009 after 41 years with USA. However, he continues to teach climatology and in 2012 he returned to his position as Director of the Coastal Weather Research Center.