Michael Kruk was born in Berwyn, Illinois in September, 1977. He graduated with a M.S. Degree from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. degree from Northern Illinois University; both in Atmospheric Science. Since 2001, he has been working with and producing climatological data, including the analysis of extreme events and extensive data quality control. He has written numerous quality control programs and performed intensive quality control on maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation and snowfall. Michael has been the project leader on many coastal climate related projects, including the climate data connection to coastal climatology, and analyzing the inland penetration of the sea breeze along the southeastern coast of the United States. Michael has also expanded existing climate efforts within his organization and performed outreach to new and potential future climate organizations. His current projects are focused on the analysis of heavy rain events in the Pacific and how they may change under the influence of global warming. He also develops products related to tropical cyclones, and the development of new climatological datasets that may be especially pertinent to the coastal zone. He has served as President of two local chapters and is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and is also a member of the American Geophysical Union.