Chris Arends is the Meteorology Program Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. As the Meteorology Program Manager, Arends has full managerial and technical responsibility for the provision of weather products and forecasts that enable situational awareness and address impacts to operations.
Prior to joining San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Arends was a US Navy operational meteorology and oceanography officer experienced in providing strategic and tactical forecasting services and risk reduction products to ensure well-informed operational decisions. During a 24-year career that included two wartime deployments, Arends forecasted operational impacts to carrier aviation operations, marine amphibious landings, Navy SEAL operations, and voyage management.
Arends holds bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in meteorology and physical oceanography from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA in international business from Georgetown University.