Josh Darr, Meteorologist, conducts weather analysis and forecasting for global weather conditions in both the mid-latitudes and global tropical weather patterns and determines their effects on energy and agriculture.
Prior to joining Chesapeake Weather Services in June 2007, Darr spent five years with Risk Management Solutions (RMS) conducting natural catastrophe modeling of worldwide meteorological and geological hazards and their impact to the insurance and offshore energy industries. He was a lead tropical meteorologist for RMS in real-time catastrophe response efforts for Atlantic hurricane forecasts and the resulting financial impact to insurance/reinsurance companies. Additionally, Darr served as a project manager for several securitized transactions of catastrophe bonds.
Darr holds a bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Cornell University (2000) and a master of atmospheric sciences degree from SUNY Albany (2002) where he studied the interaction of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems, with an emphasis on hurricane forecasting. He has served on the American Meteorological Society’s Energy Committee from 2006-2009 and is also an active member of the AMS mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in the private sector focused on commodities and insurance/reinsurance.
In 2009, Darr joined the Deparment of Geography at Northern Illinois University as an Adjunct Professor. In this capacity he advises graduate students on applied climate and weather research, particularly in applications to the private sector and commodities sector.