(March 8, 2012) - National Weather Service Southern Region employees have captured a number of national Isaac M. Cline Awards recognizing their contributions to the agency during 2011.
Local, regional and national Cline Award recipients were chosen in 10 categories including meteorology; hydrometeorology; engineering, electronics or facilities; hydrology; support services; program management and administration; upper air observation; outreach, leadership; and, equal employment opportunity/diversity.
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.
- Equal Employment Opportunity/Diversity Management
- Shreveport Meteorologist-in-Charge Armando Garza has been recognized for outstanding dedication and leadership of the NWS EEO and Diversity programs.
- WFO Mobile Meteorologists Jason Beaman, David Eversole, Donald Faulkner (retired), Stephen Miller, Donald Shepherd and John Werner share the award for developing a robust weather intelligence support plan to assist the Deepwater Horizon initiative.
- Lubbock Meteorologists Thomas Lindley and Ronald McQueen were recognized for their efforts in developing research, accurate forecasting, outreach and relationship building to help mitigate impacts from the 2011 west Texas drought and wildfires.
- Brownsville WCM Barry Goldsmith, Fort Worth Meteorologist Jason Dunn and Corpus Christi WCM John Metz combined forces to work with a range of partners and community leaders in four media markets to develop and distribute two million hurricane guides along the entire Texas Coast.
- Upper Air Observations
- WFO Shreveport staffers were recognized for leadership, innovation, teamwork, quality assurance and safety in support of the National Weather Service Upper Air Observing Program.
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.