Press Release 


Members of the National Weather Service (NWS) Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell have been selected to receive 2001 National Isaac M. Cline Awards. Honored in the Hydrology category, Bob Stucky serves as the Development and Operations Hydrologist at LMRFC and was recognized for outstanding service to the public. In the Hydrometeorology category, the Hydrometeorology Analysis and Support (HAS) Unit consisting of Jeff Graschel, Steve Listemaa, and Keith Stellman was recognized innovative efforts in implementing new forecast techniques. The award winners were chosen from nominees from 35 NWS field offices in the southern US.

Each year - local, regional and national Cline Award recipients are chosen in eight categories including meteorology; hydrometeorology; engineering, electronics or facilities; hydrology; support services; program management and administration; upper air observation; and, leadership. Presented to individuals and teams, the awards identify and recognize employees for operational excellence in the delivery of products and services in support of the National Weather Service mission.

The prestigious Isaac M. Cline Awards are named for the man whose courage and dedication is credited with saving thousands of lives during the Galveston, Texas, hurricane of 1900. Cline was in charge of the NWS office in Galveston when the popular coastal city was struck with the deadliest natural disaster in the nation's history. The death toll exceeded 8,000, but could have been much higher if not for Cline's acute understanding of the weather and his early hurricane warnings in an era when meteorology was in its infancy and ship-to-shore communications were non-existent. Cline later moved to New Orleans and was in charge of the NWS office there for 36 years. The New Orleans weather office moved to Slidell in 1979.

"The memory of Isaac Cline has exemplified the devotion of duty and courage that is so much a part of the 131 year history of the National Weather Service," said Bill Proenza, director, NWS Southern Region. "It is fitting that we now honor our best employees with awards that bear his name. Those recognized consistently set the standard for performance for other offices across the nation."

The Hydrology Award went to Developmental Operational Hydrologist Bobby Stucky for his work in providing high quality products and services through the National Weather Service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC) at Slidell, La. Stucky's penchant for long days and dedication to accurate, timely forecasts was put to the test in February and March of 2001. Four weeks of heavy rainfall and record flooding ended a two year drought in the area. His hard work and extensive knowledge of the area's river systems were major factors in providing critical services to users and NWS partners.

The Hydrometeorology Award also found its way to the NWS River Forecast Center at Slidell in recognition of its' Hydrometeorological Analysis and Support (HAS) Unit. Jeffrey Graschel, Keith Stellman, and Steven Listemaa were honored for their innovative efforts during the February/March floods of 2001. They provided consistent, high quality rainfall data fields and implemented many new and innovative techniques to support LMRFC forecast operations. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.