Partners Appreciation Day (Photos: WFO Brownsville)
(Nov. 19, 2012) -- On November 7, the National Weather Service office in Brownsville opened its doors to nearly two dozen core partners in emergency management and local media.
Several indoor and outdoor tours, dubbed From Observations to Operations for a Weather-Ready Nation, highlighted the event.
The first tour took the visitors outside to learn how observations from the Automated Surface Observing System and upper air radiosonde/weather balloon releases are collected.
It also included an overview of the Brownsville WSR-88D radar.
The tour then moved indoors where forecasters explained how observations and computer model data are combined to produce seven-day weather forecasts.
Staffers also explained how radar data are interpreted to determine the potential hazards of wind, hail, tornadoes and flooding from local storms.
The final tour stop included presentation on Weather Ready Nation; and an overture to partners to work directly with National Weather Service forecasters on a project called "Adopt-A-Community", which would allow individual forecasters to build stronger relationships with emergency management personnel, the media and the private sector.
Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley Meteorologist-in-Charge Steve Drillette (left) and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Barry Goldsmith (right) presenting Brownsville Assistant City Manager Jeff Johnston (second from left) and City Manager Charles Cabler (second from right) with a Special Service Award (Photo: WFO Brownsville).
In addition to the entire Brownsville staff, participants included representatives from
- the Texas Division of Emergency Management District 3
- Hidalgo County and city emergency managers from McAllen and South Padre Island
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Incident Management, Rio Grande Valley Sector
- Texas State Department of Health Services
- Texas Association of Local Health Providers
- Cameron County Health and Human Services
- South Texas Emergency Care
- American Red Cross
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Texas Forest Service
- KRGV-TV Channel 5