EXPERIENCE

Leslie R. Lemon
Radar, Severe Storm, and Research Meteorologist.

Most recently, Les Lemon joined Basic Commerce & Industries in November of 2000 as a Radar, Severe Storms, and Research Meteorologist. He was an independent consultant specializing in the same areas from mid 1999 until his affiliation with BCI. Prior to that he was Research and Operations Manager and Chief Meteorologist for Lockheed Martin (LM), Ocean, Radar & Sensor Systems, from 1994 to 1999. From 1981 to 1994 he was Manager, Weather Systems Development, lead meteorologist, and Program Control Manager for the NEXRAD (WSR-88D) advanced Doppler weather radar with LM and heritage companies. His principal responsibilities included design and development of portions of the WSR-88D system, its products and the man-machine interface, as well as development of the operator-training program (and system lead instructor).

Les has managed a multi-year IR&D program for the design and development of tropical weather algorithms for the WSR-88D. He has also participated in business development activities by demonstrating, worldwide, the system operation and capabilities, conducting data research, developing operational WSR-88D system use procedures, operational products and applications, and authoring related technical meteorological articles for publication in journals and conferences. He participated in weather radar algorithm development for Israel in 1998 and 1999.

Les has been responsible for instructional material development and instructor for the NIDS, radar, and severe storms training program sponsored by Lockheed Martin. For several years he was also responsible as a key technical resource in design, evaluation, and development of Lockheed Martin's Microburst Prediction Radar and development of the company's Wind Profiler radar program. Les recently has been consultant to several companies working on Doppler weather radar algorithms and products, design of integrated and modernized weather services internationally, future weather radar design, and as a National Science Foundation principal investigator. He assisted the country of Israel in the design of a weather radar bird detection algorithm in 1998 - 2000. He assisted in design and testing of the Chinese radar, the WSR-98D (built by Metstar, Inc. of Beijing, China), in 2001 and 2002.

In 2002 he conducted the first ever ground, storm-damage survey in Romania and documented the first recorded tornado in Romanian history. Additionally, he has been an expert witness and a forensic meteorologist.

Finally, Les has continued to conduct Doppler radar applications and interpretation research and to develop and present Doppler radar data application and interpretation training seminars nationally and internationally. He has been appointed "Visiting Professor" of the China Meteorological Agency teaching their Advanced Doppler Radar Applications and Interpretation seminar biannually or annually at their request since 2001.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Lemon had thirteen years of progressive meteorological service with the U.S. Government. He was employed as a Research Meteorologist by the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK, the Techniques Development Unit of the National Severe Storms Forecast Center (Storm Prediction Center) when it was located in Kansas City, MO, and as an officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps. He has considerable thunderstorm research and forecast experience. While at NSSL, in addition to his extensive radar and severe storms research, he forecast for the severe storm data collection program and directed storm intercept and data collection on severe storms he selected via radar interpretation. At the Storm Prediction Center he was an assistant Sever Local Storms (SELS) forecaster and stood lead forecaster shifts as well as developed severe storm warning and forecast techniques.

Mr. Lemon is a graduate of Oklahoma University where he received a bachelor's degree and completed graduate work in meteorology.

Mr. Lemon is 57 years old, married, and the father of 3 children and resides in Independence, MO.


From: 1976
To: 1981
Organization: National Severe Storms Forecast Center/Storm Prediction Center

Title: Deputy Chief, Techniques Development Unit, Assistant Sever Local Storms (SELS) forecaster
Summary: Mr. Lemon stood lead forecaster shifts as well as developed severe storm warning and forecast techniques including the "Lemon Technique." Documented, modeled, and established the supercell thunderstorm mesocyclone structure which is still recognized as the authoritative supercell model today.

From: 1973
To: 1976
Organization: National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK,

Title: Research Meteorologist
Summary: While at NSSL, in addition to his extensive radar and severe storms research and resulting publications, he forecast for the severe storm data collection program and directed storm intercept and data collection on severe storms he selected via radar interpretation. Co-discovered the Doppler radar "Tornadic Vortex Signature" (TVS).

From: 1970
To: 1973
Organization: National Oceanographic and Meteorological Administration (NOAA) Commissioned Corps, Silver Spring, MD.
Summary: Sailed the NOAA ship Researcher as a JOD and OOD, Library Officer, Mail Officer, and Ships Weather Officer providing forecasts for ship operations and operating various oceanographic and weather research equipment. Conducted severe storms analysis and research.
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From: 1968
To: 1970
Organization: National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK.
Title: Weather radar operator, data analyst, and researcher, documented and published supercell structural features.

Litigation Support Experience

Expert Engagement:
Type of Matter: Wind damage, individual home owner v insurance agency
Law Firm: McCarthy Leonard Kaemmerer Owen Lamkin & McGovern, L.C.
Services Provided: Severe storm, damage, and radar expert witness, affidavit and deposition
Disposition: Settled out of court

Expert Engagement:
Type of Matter: Family of lightning strike victim v golf course
Law Firm: Cloon Law Firm
Services Provided: Meteorological expert witness concerning lightning strike, affidavit and deposition
Disposition: Currently in appellate court

From: 2000
To: Present
Organization: Basic Commerce & Industries
Title: Radar, Severe Storms, and Research Meteorologist. In 2002 Mr. Lemon conducted the first ever ground, storm-damage survey in Romania and documented the first recorded tornado in Romanian history. As a Visiting Professor, teaches the Advanced Course in Doppler weather radar for the China Meteorological Administration, Beijing, China.

From: 1997
To: Present

Summary: Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, University of Oklahoma University.


From: 1999
To: 2000
Title: Independent consultant
Summary: Specializing in radar and severe storms. Mr. Lemon recently has been consultant to several companies working on Doppler weather radar algorithms and products, design of integrated and modernized weather services internationally, future weather radar design, and as a National Science Foundation co-principal investigator.


From: 1994
To: 2000
Organization: Lockheed Martin (LM), Ocean, Radar & Sensor Systems
Title: Weather Radar Research and Operations Manager and Chief Meteorologist
Summary: Mr. Lemon has been responsible for instructional material development and instructor for the radar, and severe storms training program sponsored by Lockheed Martin. For several years he was also responsible as a key technical resource in design, development, and evaluation of Lockheed Martin's Microburst Prediction Radar and development of the company's Wind Profiler radar.


From: 1998
To: 2001
Summary: Assisted the country of Israel in the design of a weather radar bird detection algorithm.



From: 2001
To: 2002
Summary: He assisted in design and testing of the Chinese radar, the WSR-98D (built by Metstar, Inc. of Beijing, China).


From: 1981
To: 1994
Organization: LM and heritage companies
Title: Manager, Weather Systems Development, lead meteorologist, and Program Control Manager for the NEXRAD (WSR-88D) advanced Doppler weather radar
Summary: His principal responsibilities included design and development of portions of the WSR-88D system, its products, and the man-machine interface, as well as development of the operator-training program (and system lead instructor). Mr. Lemon managed a multi-year IR&D program for the design and development of tropical weather algorithms for the WSR-88D. He has also participated in business development activities by demonstrating, worldwide, the system operation and capabilities, conducting data research, developing operational WSR-88D system use procedures, operational products and applications, and authoring related technical meteorological articles for publication in journals and conferences.


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