Michael Fries

Acting Meteorologist-in-Charge
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service

Michael Fries is currently the Acting Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY. He has also been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the same office for the past five years. His 19 years of government service include prior stops with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, PA, Spokane, WA, and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center outside Washington, DC. Before entering government service, he also worked in Emergency Preparedness and Response with DTE Energy.

Mr. Fries has provided support to communities of western and central New York during multiple recent historic snowfalls as well as recent record flooding on the lakeshores of the lower Great Lakes. He was deployed to support emergency response during the landfall of Hurricane Florence in 2018. He worked the inland blizzard from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and he worked on a team that briefed the White House regarding flooding during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Michael graduated with a MS in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and a BS in Meteorology from Saint Louis University in 2002.