Dakota Smith is a Satellite Analyst and Communicator at the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). He produces daily satellite animations of high-impact weather events that are disseminated to various government and multimedia organizations. Dakota’s work has been featured in a number of high profile news outlets including the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and many others.
Prior to joining CIRA, Dakota was located at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) working on risk perception of severe and tropical weather warnings. Outside of research, Dakota has worked in TV and digital media as a weather and TV producer at WeatherNation.
Dakota’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University.