Joe Sullivan

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Joe Sullivan is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Louisville, Kentucky. An Iowa native, Joe earned his B.S. in Meteorology from Iowa State University. He worked as a TV meteorologist in Waterloo, IA and Springfield, MO before joining the NWS in 1987. Prior to his position in Louisville, Mr. Sullivan's NWS career included assignments in Springfield, MO, Concordia, KS, Grand Island, NE, Des Moines, IA, Cheyenne, WY, Riverton, WY, and the NWS' Central Region Headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Sullivan strives to improve the ability of the NWS to communicate weather knowledge to protect lives and property. Among his contributions, Joe invented the “bullet format" that is now the NWS standard for warnings. He earned a Department of Commerce Silver Medal in 2001 for helping make Doppler radar available on the NWS' web sites. In 2002 was awarded the NWS' highest honor - the Isaac Cline Award - for helping save the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars in communications expenses.