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Published March 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

Greg Gust


Greg Gust grew up on a farm near East Grand Forks, Minn. That means he grew up watching the weather.

“You’re in it, and weather is something that’s a big part of your life,” Gust said.

He’s still paying attention to the weather, as warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service. In that role, he focuses on severe weather. It’s a perfect fit for a guy named Gust.

Gust, who’s based in Grand Forks, has met others at the National Weather Service with career-fitting names, including Blizzard and Flood.

He got his start in meteorology in the Air Force. Once, he was part of a team that was investigating why an aircraft had gone down.

“There was a Major Payne. I was the Capt. Gust,” he said. “There were several names that were like that in there, and the colonel that was the head of the team said when he first got the list he thought someone was playing a joke on him.”

Read the article: What’s in a name? Sometimes it can be a clue to what kind of job you’ll have