Channelside Weather LLC


Forecasts, Data, On-Site Support, Expert Testimony


The team at Channelside weather has diverse experience within the meteorological world. Charles H. Paxton Ph.D. has been certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Consulting Meteorologist. He worked for NOAA as a Science Officer for over 25 years and has focused on onsite support for major events, and case studies involving terrestrial, marine, and aviation weather including numerical modeling of events. Jennifer Collins Ph.D. comes from academia and is an expert in tropical meteorology and social characteristics of hurricane response. Leilani Paxton M.S. is a data guru and has a background in environmental science and policy. The Channelside Weather team is here to support your meteorological needs. 


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Charles H. Paxton Ph.D.

Charles H. Paxton has been certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Consulting Meteorologist. He has a wealth of experience from working as a meteorologist in Florida for over 30 years.

Charlie is co-author of the 2017 book: Florida Weather and Climate - More than just Sunshine.

As Science and Operations Officer with NOAA's National Weather Service from 1993-2017, he was the senior scientific and training adviser. His broad knowledge of concepts and principles in the field of atmospheric science range from data collection to case studies and other research, synoptic and mesoscale forecasting, to applications in marine weather, aviation weather, severe weather, tropical weather, and numerical modeling.  He is author or co-author on more than 50 research papers.

He proactively coordinated and provided specialized event and mission briefings for emergency managers, law enforcement, and other first responders, engaged in weather sensitive; hazmat, search and rescue, or fire-rescue situations, for safe mission completion. He provided direct support in secure multi-agency Emergency Operations Centers, under the Incident Command Structure, for:

  • Onsite mission support at Sun-N-Fun Fly-in (Lakeland).
  • Onsite mission support at Gasparilla Parades (Tampa).
  • Onsite mission support at Emergency Operation Centers for tropical support (Fort Myers).
  • Onsite mission support for the 2009 Superbowl (Tampa).
  • Onsite mission support for the 2012 Republican National Convention (Tampa).

He managed program requirements, procedures, and statements of work for local computing and forecast process development, including cost estimations. He managed personnel resources and   scheduling for staff working rotating shifts.

He continues as a speaker to a wide variety of groups including professional conferences, media interviews, and local government briefings, on a variety of topics that include hurricanes, climate change, hazardous weather, and ecosystems forecasting more than 30 times per year.



The University of South Florida
Ph.D., Environmental Science and Policy, 2014

The Florida State University
M.S., Meteorology, 1997

The Florida State University
B.S., Meteorology, 1983

Activities & Affiliations

  • AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologist #724
  • American Meteorological Society - Member since 1979
  • AMS West Central Florida Chapter – Member at Large 2017, and Vice President 1988-2008
  • American Geophysical Union - Member
  • National Weather Association - Member
  • Amateur Radio communications license - KJ4FUM






Leilani Paxton

Leilani, the data guru, has excellent meteorological data processing, analysis, and problem-solving skills. She has assisted with meteorological course development and teaching. She has experience in ocean processes and paleotempestology - the study of past hurricanes derived from core samples.




The University of South Florida
M.S., Environmental Science and Policy, 2016.

The University of South Florida
B.A., Political Science, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

CELTA Certification                            International House Budapest          2011





Jennifer Collins Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Collins is an Associate Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. Her research focuses on weather and climate. As a hurricane researcher, Dr. Collins is interested in the interaction between large scale climatic patterns and seasonal patterns of tropical cyclone activity in multiple oceanic basins. In addition to her work in the physical sciences she also works in the social sciences as she examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. In addition to her hurricane work, Dr. Collins works in other areas related to weather, climate and hazards. She works closely on projects with the National Weather Service involving tornadoes and fog. In addition, she collaborates with international researchers and works in the area of climate change.  Dr. Collins is the President of the West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, Chair of the Climate Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers and serves on the National Weather Association’s Specialized Operations Committee on Tropical Cyclones.



2001 Ph.D. in Physics, Department of Space and Climate Physics, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London (United Kingdom).

1997 BSc Honours degree in Physical Geography with Environmental Science Minor, University of Lancaster (United Kingdom).

1995 Study abroad year at the University of Colorado (Boulder).

 Activities & Affiliations

 Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) Faculty Fellow, 2013-2015.

American Meteorological Society, Chapter of the Year Award, West Central Florida Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (WCFLAMS), 2011-2012.

WCFLAMS Local Chapter Honor Roll 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011 (My role – President of WCFLAMS and co-writer of application).

Excellence in Teaching Award, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, 2010.

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Florida, 2007-2008

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, University of South Florida, 2007-2008

Selected to take part in the Advanced Study Program of the National Center for Atmospheric Research colloquium: "Hurricanes at Landfall", July 1998

Numerous grant and travel awards