METCON provides GIS based climate, forensic, current, and forecast weather information that can be modeled to 1 km. METCON has a robust capability to receive an abundance of weather data and uses all available sources of weather information. We provide the GIS based data in a highly useable format for crop yield models, which are also operated based on particular customer requirements. METCON continues to add capabilities and GIS based models that use our foundational GIS based weather analysis and forecasts to help organizations grasp the impact of the weather. Using GIS based data makes our data easily consumable in high tailored models that focus on water flow or trafficability. Since we have reliable data and a strong GIS based foundation, we can quickly provide tailored information for additional requests as needed by customers.
CEO & Senior Meteorologist
METCON's founder and senior meteorologist, Rob, has over 35 years of support to the US Intelligence Community providing tailored GIS based analytical and forecast weather information. Mr. Blevins retired from the US Air Force in 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel. At the time of his retirement, LtCol Blevins was in charge of all-weather operations and personnel in Japan. Mr. Blevins also served as Chief, Software Development for the US Air Force Climate Center along with several operational and staff positions. Mr. Blevins received a B.S. degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and received a M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from North Carolina State University in 1985.
Chief Programmer & Meteorologist
Van Smith has over 30 years of programming experience with the US Air Force and to Meteorological Connections. Mr. Smith retired from the US Air Force as a Major in 2010. During his career, Mr. Smith served as Chief, Climatology Analysis Integration, Chief of Systems Management, and climatology development at the Air Force Climate Center. He was also Chief, Requirements and Systems Analysis for Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. In his current position, Mr. Smith serves as Chief Programmer using all software languages but principally uses python to automate day to day data receipt, data base builds, and GIS modeling that is tailored for applications to crops, energy, and water. Mr. Smith received his B.S. degree in Meteorology with a formal minor in computer science in 1998. Mr. Smith completed all course work (55 hours) towards a M.S. in Computer Systems. Mr. Smith has two professional certifications; one in Security+ certified professional (CompTIA) and one in Graduate Certificate Information Systems Security Professionals under National Trng Stnd NSTISSI No. 4011
Ryan Blevins resides in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mr. Blevins has worked with Meteorological Connections since August 01, 2011. A Graduate from East Tennessee State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Graphics. He has also completed several courses online through ESRI for GIS work. Currently Ryan assists with day to day operations, as well as GIS based mapping, modeling, creating new tools, and some basic script work.
Meteorologist, GIS Analyst & Programmer
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Ashley joined Meteorological Connections in July 2013. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. Mrs. Ballard was honored as the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student of the year of the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech and graduated with her Master of Science in Geography in 2015. Her master's climate research focused on satellite-derived precipitation accuracy over complex terrain. Ashley's current role at Meteorological Connections includes daily and weekly forecasting for various countries around the globe, programming and automating daily processes, and using GIS to analyze weather and climate data.
Meteorologist, GIS Analyst & Programmer
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Mr. Buescher joined Meteorological Connections in October 2018. In 2016 he graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a B.S. in Meteorology-Climatology, and is finishing up his masters degree in Meteorology at the same school . His master's research focuses on snow-to-liquid ratios and how they change during a single winter storm. Judson's current role at Meteorological Connections includes weekly forecasting for countries around the globe, programming meteorological applications, and maintaining Metcon's website and mobile app.