Leslie R. Lemon
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.
Title: Deputy Chief, Techniques Development Unit, Assistant Sever Local
Storms (SELS) forecaster
Title: Research Meteorologist
Litigation Support Experience
Summary: Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, University of Oklahoma University.