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. 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