CFAN’s research team develops innovative weather and climate tools that are leading the way in forecasting across many weather-critical applications. Our team of operational meteorologists is on hand 24/7/365 to deliver the highest-quality support and analysis. CFAN’s consultants provide broad expertise in information technology, decision support, business, law, economics and policy.
CFAN’s leadership team includes:
President and Founder
Judith Curry is President and co-founder of CFAN. Following an influential career in academic research and administration, Curry founded CFAN to translate cutting-edge weather and climate research into forecast products that support the mitigation of weather and climate risk for public and private sector decision makers.
Curry received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Chicago and B.S. in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University. She has held faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado Boulder, Penn State University, and Purdue University. She is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.
Curry is actively engaged at the intersection of science and public policy. She has recently served on the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee, the DOE Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Council and the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board. She is frequently called upon to give Congressional testimony and serve as an expert witness on matters related to weather and climate.
Chief Scientist and Founder
Peter Webster is Chief Scientist and co-Founder of CFAN. His research on tropical meteorology and climate dynamics has been applied developing flood, heat wave, and tropical cyclone forecasts for the monsoon regions in South Asia. He has actively worked with developing countries and development banks to support tactical adaptation strategies using forecasted extreme weather events.
Webster received a Ph.D. in Meteorology from MIT. He has held faculty positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, Penn State University and the University of Washington. From 2000-2004, Webster was CEO of Aerosonde North America, a company that manufactured small unmanned aerial vehicles.
Webster’s research has been recognized by the Jule Charney Award and the Carl Gustav Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, the Adrian Gill Award and Mason Gold Medal from the Royal Meteorological Society, and the International Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the International Prize for Water. Webster recently served as President of the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences Section.
Vice President, Forecast Product Development
Violeta Toma oversees all of CFAN's forecast product development. She leads the overall effort for CFAN’s temperature forecast products, including CFAN’s innovative products that predict heat waves, cold waves, and heat stress. She is also the lead the for CFAN’s subseasonal and seasonal forecasts.
Prior to joining CFAN in 2010, she was an air quality consultant at Trinity Consulting. Her expertise included Air Dispersion Modeling, New Source Review (NSR) permitting and regulatory applicability analyses for a variety of industries including Renewable Electricity Generation. Prior to coming to the U.S., Toma was a Meteorologist at the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, Romania.
Toma received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Georgia Tech. B.S. and M.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Physics, University of Bucharest.
Manager, Business Development
Jim LeMunyon oversees CFAN’s business expansion strategy, strategic partnerships, marketing and sales. LeMunyon is a technology company entrepreneur with executive experience, technical background and extensive business development record. He was co-founder and president of Sterling Semiconductor, which was acquired by Dow Corning in 2003. While most of his career path has been in the private sector,LeMunyon's professional experience includes working as the Chief of Staff for Congressman Ed Zschau and Deputy Assistant Secretary -- U.S. Department of Commerce. He recently served four terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. LeMunyon earned his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Valparaiso University and his M.S. in meteorology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Manager, Information Technology
As Manager of Information Technology, JJ Miller supervises CFAN’s software engineers and is responsible for the system architecture, efficiency and reliability of CFAN’s operational forecast systems. He is the lead on translating research into forecast operations for CFAN’s tropical cyclone products. His expertise in machine learning, artificial intelligence and inferential statistics is supporting the development of new forecast products.
Prior to joining CFAN in 2019, Miller was a Research Associate at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His research applied deep learning and artificial intelligence to interpret satellite observations.
Miller received a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alabama-Huntsville and a B.S. in Geography/Meteorology from the University of Georgia.