(L - R) - Astronaut Dotti Metcalf-Lindenburger, Roy Hood, Astronaut Karen Nyberg, SMG Meteorologist Doris Hood, JSC Center Director Mike Coats (PHOTO: NASA)
(Oct. 20, 2010) - National Weather Service Spaceflight Group Meteorologist Doris Hood has received NASA's prestigious "Silver Snoopy" Award. The Silver Snoopy award is presented by Johnson Space Center astronauts to acknowledge exemplary support for human spaceflight programs.
Doris Hood was recognized for innovation and leadership in customizing the Spaceflight Meteorology Group's meteorological systems for weather support to the Space Shuttle program. This resulted in improved weather decision support for the Flight Control Team, contributing greatly to safe launch and landing decisions.
The Snoopy Award nomination stated:
Doris Hood of the National Weather Service Spaceflight Meteorology Group shows exceptional innovation, leadership and perseverance in customizing Spaceflight Meteorological Group meteorological systems for world-class weather support to NASA's Space Shuttle program.
Ultimately, this contributes to safer launch and landing decisions for NASA's astronauts. Doris has worked tirelessly to implement Advanced Interactive Weather Processing System (AWIPS) and customize applications and configurations to improve weather decision support for NASA's Mission Control Center and the Space Shuttle Program.
Doris Hood implemented specialized datasets well beyond the standard AWIPS design. These "extra-mile" initiatives allow Spaceflight Meteorology Group forecasters to access information that ultimately benefits the NASA Flight Control Team decision makers.
The Spaceflight Meteorology Group provides unique world-class weather support to the U.S. Human Spaceflight effort by providing weather forecasts and briefings to NASA personnel, providing pre and post spaceflight weather analyses and documentation, advising the Johnson Space Center community of adverse weather impacting the center, serving as meteorological consultants to the JSC community for current and future spaceflight endeavors and developing tools and techniques to enhance weather support and improve the science of meteorology.