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Jay Breidenbach



  • Forecasting Extreme Weather for Emergency Management
  • Building a Weather Ready Nation
  • Messaging of Probabilistic Weather Information
  • Radar Meteorology
  • Flood Inundation Mapping

Jay has over 30 years of experience with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) where he is currently the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) for the forecast office in Boise, Idaho.  He manages coordination, decision support and outreach with emergency management partners in Idaho and in Southeastern Oregon to protect lives and property from extreme weather.  Jay also served as the Boise NWS Forecast Office’s Sr. Hydrologist from 2001-2011, collaborating with other water resource managers to forecast stream levels and impacts ranging from drought to extreme flooding.  Before moving to Boise in 2001, Jay worked in NWS meteorology and hydrology research laboratories in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he led research and development of severe weather detection and flood forecasting techniques using NOAA’s network of Doppler Weather Radars. Jay has a Master’s Degree in Meteorology from Florida State University.

Jay enjoys Idaho’s great outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and photography.


Jay is a regular collaborator on projects which involve building community resilience from extreme weather, water and climate events.  Jay also collaborates with others on water, weather and climate research.  Jay also enjoys collaborating  public outreach and education on weather science.

Community Partners

  • Idaho Office of Emergency Management
  • Ada County Emergency Management & Community Resilience
  • Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute at Boise State University
  • Boise State University
  • Boise Watershed Education Center