Photograph of National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley staff with U.S. Consulate and Matamoros Officials
Group Photo at the 2013 Hurricane "Happy Hour" in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. From left: NWS Brownsville Meteorologist–in–Charge Steve Drillette, Science and Operations Officer Doug Butts, and Senior Meteorologist Mike Castillo; Alfonso Sanchez, Mayor of Matamoros, Thomas Mittnacht, Consul General of the United States in Matamoros, Oscar Sobrevilla, Chief Meteorologist of Televisa Noreste, Matamoros, Pedro Benavides, Proteccíon Civil, State of Tamaulipas; Oscar de la Cerda, Proteccíon Civil, City of Matamoros; Comandante Enrique Padilla, Policia Ministerial, and Manuel Garcia, Secretary of Economic Development and Employment, City of Matamoros.
Hurricane Happy Hour II, South of the Border
NWS Promotes Hurricane Awareness to Officials at U.S. Consul General

MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas Mexico, June 26, 2013 – National Weather Service Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley staff joined nearly two dozen invited guests at the Principal Officer’s residence of the U.S. Consulate General to discuss the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Senior Meteorologist Mike Castillo gave a brief presentation on the 2013 seasonal forecast, information provided by NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, and a reminder to focus on the potential impact from a storm and not solelyl focus on the storm category which is derived from the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The diverse audience included a number of U.S. Consulate General staff, members of Proteccíon Civil (the Emergency Management arm of local, state, and federal government in Mexico), the Mayor of Matamoros, the Commander of Ministerial Police in Matamoros, the Secretary of Economic Development and Employment, several military officers, and the Chief Meteorologist of Televisa Noreste.

Similar to the 2012 Social, the 2013 edition allowed NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley to further strengthen bonds and partnerships with members of the decision support community in Tamaulipas. "The U.S. Consulate made it clear that information obtained from WFO Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley was an integral part of their decision making process involving evacuation considerations for visiting U.S. citizens and their own staff," said Drillette. "The event was a great way to strengthen relations and to gain a better understanding on how we can best meet their needs and also support the Mexican contingent."

Mike Castillo, Senior Meteorologist at NWS Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley, explains the why's of the 2013 season to audience at U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Senior Meteorologist Mike Castillo explains the reasons why the 2013 Hurricane Season will be busy in the Atlantic Basin
Doug  Butts and Mike Castillo in conversation with Joseph Koen of the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Science and Operations Officer Doug Butts (left) and Senior Forecaster Mike Castillo (right) talk hurricane awareness with Joseph Koen (center) of the U.S. Consulate General office in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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