UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
Fort Worth, Texas
July 1, 1998
KELLY REMINDER. NWS Director, Jack Kelly, reminded all of us during one of his video conference staff meetings that the NWS logo should be used as much as possible. On the next page we have reprinted the cover of a 1991 Southern Topics newsletter where the NWS logo was first introduced and its design explained in commemoration of the National Weather Service Centennial. The logo was also recognized during the NWS Centennial when the United States Postal Service used it as an official postmark. Jack Kelly recommended that the National Weather Service logo be used on all NWS reports, briefing materials, documents, letters, etc. Of course, the NOAA and DOC logos should also continue to be used in accordance with policy.
MIAMI MIC NAMED. Congratulations are in order for Russell L. Pfost, just selected as Meteorologist-in-Charge of the NWS Weather Forecast Office at Miami replacing Paul Hebert who just retired. "Rusty" is currently the SOO at NWSFO Jackson and has previously served at the RFC at Slidell, the NWSFO at Atlanta and as MIC at WSO Key West. Rusty's last name is pronounced with the "f" silent instead of the "P" and it sounds exactly like "post". Born in Dunedin, Florida, Rusty attended and graduated from Florida State University with distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) and got his Masters at Georgia Tech , supported in part by the NWS University Assignment Program. Rusty will be reporting to Miami in mid-to late August. Congratulations, Rusty.
HEBERT RETIRES. Paul Hebert, longtime MIC at NWSFO Miami retired July 3, after 39 years of government service. Paul began his Weather Bureau career at New Orleans where he rose to become one of the hurricane forecasters there until his transfer to the National Hurricane Center in 1966. Paul became NHC Deputy Director in 1980 before later becoming the MIC (Area Manager) for WSFO Miami in 1986. Paul will always be remembered for his knowledge of meteorology, excellent management of weather services for Florida and most of all, for his caring attitude.
We wish Paul and Margaret the very best in the many years ahead.
KOHLER AWARD HONORS PATTON. I am pleased to announce the selection of John Patton, senior service hydrologist at the NWSFO Austin/San Antonio as the winner of the 1997 Max A. Kohler award for meritorious service to the NWS hydrologic mission. John has been at the NWSFO since 1984, when he took over the South Texas field hydrologic program from the legendary George Kush. Prior to his tenure there, he was a staff hydrologist at the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center from 1974 to 1984. Before that, he spent two years at the NWS radar unit at the FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, California.
John has certainly met the challenge to learn the unique climatology and hydrology of South Texas, an area known for extreme precipitation amounts in short duration. His illustrious service career and accomplishments exemplifies the ideals of the Max A. Kohler Award. His selection is based on proven past performance and an assurance for a continuation of service to the highest standard of the National Weather Service. Congratulations on an excellent job, John!
PHIL WEIGANT. We are saddened to learn that former RFC Tulsa, Oklahoma employee Phil Weigant passed away recently, apparently due to a heart attack. He was 53 at the time of his death. Phil had 28 years of distinguished government service, most of it at the Arkansas Basin RFC. Most recently, he had worked on the EMWIN project. Phil had been battling cancer, had undergone extensive chemotherapy, and appeared to be improving. Our sympathies go out to Phil's family and friends.
BAY DAY 98. Several staff members from the Houston office participated in Bay Day 98 in La Porte, Texas. Bay Day is a yearly event that provides a unique arena for bay businesses, nature centers, and local, state, and federal agencies to showcase their relationship to Galveston Bay. Josh Lichter, Rich Hitchens, Greg Waller, and Robert Van Hoven (all from NWSO Houston) handed out many life saving brochures to several hundred visitors at the NWS booth. The crowd was quite pleased with the service they receive from the NWS. Another great job of getting to know our CUSTOMERS!
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS. June was a quiet month for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin, however, our coastal offices continued their preparedness activities at a frantic pace. We don't have room to document all of the significant preparedness contacts, but we've included some highlights below.
NWSO Jacksonville MIC Steve Letro, WCM Fred Johnson, and forecaster Al Sandrik staffed a hurricane display during the Georgia Governor's Hurricane Conference at Jekyll Island. They passed out safety information and answered questions on local and national hurricane products, hurricane threats, NOAA Weather Radio, and EAS. In addition, the booth featured a live EMWIN feed and a presentation on historical hurricane tracks.
Many of the NWS managers servicing Florida participated in the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference in Tampa. They were joined by Jerry Jarrell and Max Mayfield (TPC/NHC), Victor Wiggert (ERL/Hurricane Research Division), Bill Proenza (SRH), and Andy Devanas (State of Florida). Activities at the conference included a two-session workshop on tropical meteorology, the current state of hurricane forecasting, and products and services issued by offices in support of the hurricane program.
NWSFO New Orleans/Baton Rouge WCM Frank Revitte gave a hurricane presentation at the Mississippi Emergency Management Conference. Frank discussed the state of hurricane forecasting and the improvements seen over the past 30 years. The tracks of hurricanes Fran, Andrew, and Opal were shown to demonstrate the range in forecast errors which can occur. Frank concluded his presentation with a description of inland wind effects from landfalling hurricanes.
In addition, Paul Trotter, Frank Revitte, Dave Smith, and Richard Davis participated in the State of Louisiana's annual hurricane exercise. The exercise, entitled "Hurricane Benny," featured a Category 4 hurricane threatening the Louisiana coast from the southwest. The NWS representatives were responsible for developing the storm track, writing mock advisories, and providing periodic briefings during the exercise. Over 100 representatives from state agencies participated in the exercise along with several local officials.
NWSO Corpus Christi MIC Joe Arellano, WCM John Cole, and meteorologist intern Chris Jacobson held two preparedness seminars in Victoria to kick off the hurricane season. The meetings were sponsored by a local hospital. The seminars attracted about 150 emergency responders, media, and the general public. The seminars described hurricane threats, NWR, MAR, and a historical review of hurricane Carla's impact in 1961. The seminars received considerable favorable TV and radio coverage, both live and taped.
NWSO Brownsville MIC Richard Hagan and NHC WCM John Guiney conducted an area-wide awareness meeting for emergency managers, local officials, and the media. Meeting subjects included hurricane forecasting, climatology, and threats. Richard closed his presentation with an interesting correlation between dry spring seasons and tropical cyclone activity in the western Gulf of Mexico.
NWSFO Miami WCM Jim Lushine, DAPM Suzanne Melisano, and NHC staffers John Guiney and Michelle Huber participated in a hurricane expo at three South Florida shopping malls. The booths displayed a hurricane safety video, information about NOAA Weather Radio, and Vice President Gore's Public Service Announcements. At one of the booth sites, Jim participated in a local radio call-in talk show.
NWSO Tampa Bay DAPM Colleen Rhea, forecaster Ron Morales, and administrative assistant Annegret Cornell participated in hurricane expos across the west-central Florida area. At each site, the NWS representatives staffed a booth providing hurricane preparedness brochures, NOAA Weather Radio information, and hurricane climatology information. In all, over 500 people visited the booths at the expo sites.
SPOTTER TRAINING AND SUPPORT. Although severe weather season is winding down across the region, some noteworthy accomplishments have still taken place in recent weeks:
NWSFO Austin/San Antonio WCM Larry Eblen provided basic spotter/safety training to representatives of approximately 60 Texas school districts. Since approximately 500,000 students ride a school bus each day in Austin/San Antonio's CWA, the concern that one or more buses would be impacted by hazardous weather is justified. The representatives Larry trained will be responsible for training the bus drivers in their jurisdictions regarding severe weather clues, terminology, and safety rules. Flash flooding, lightning, and tornadoes were all covered in the training session.
NWSFO Fort Worth/Dallas WCM Jim Stefkovich gave a spotter training session at the HAMCOM amateur radio festival in Arlington, Texas. Besides the 'standard' spotter training topics, Jim described EMWIN and showed the videotape describing the system. Approximately 120 spotters from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas attended the presentation.
EDUCATION/OUTREACH EFFORTS. Some highlights from across the region...
Staff members from NWSFOs Atlanta and Miami, along with NWSOs Jacksonville, Tampa, and Melbourne, Florida supported the recent Universal Studios "Twister" exhibit tour. The exhibit was a large truck outfitted with a wind tunnel to demonstrate the force of 100 mph winds. An NSSL mobile laboratory (chase vehicle) accompanied the truck, and provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about tornadoes and tornado research. The tour was covered by the local media at each stop.
NWSO Midland/Odessa MIC Ray Fagen reports that the office participated in a community-wide safety fair in Midland entitled "Proud Professionals Protecting the Community." The event featured safety demonstrations, tours of the Midland Fire Museum and emergency vehicles, and a videotape child identification service. NWSO staffers Eddie Brite, Karen Fago, Terry Huber, Wayne Patterson, and John Pendergrast staffed an informational booth (for 6 hours, in 100+ degree temperatures!) and answered questions regarding hazardous weather.
WETTEST JUNE AT NASHVILLE. This year continues to serve up a variety of weather conditions. While scorching heat and fires raked the Southeast, other parts of the South were soaked. The month of June 1998 was the wettest June on record at Nashville, Tennessee, according to service hydrologist Mike Murphy. The rainfall total for June surpassed amounts since records began at Nashville in 1871. The monthly total at Nashville was 11.95 in or 8.38 in above normal. This eclipsed the old record 11.64 in set in 1928.
JOHN PATTON HONORED AT LUNCHEON. An awards luncheon was held in New Braunfels, Texas, on July 2 to recognize John Patton, senior service hydrologist at the NWSFO, for his outstanding service to the NWS and to present him with the Max Kohler Award. About 50 people attended, including George Kush, the former service hydrologist at San Antonio, and Ed DiLoreto, the former MIC. Also present were representatives from several river authorities in central and south Texas, NWSOs in Houston and Corpus Christi, the West Gulf RFC, and John's mother. Local newspaper and television outlets were there also, conducting interviews and taking photographs. Thanks so much to the staff of the NWSFO in New Braunfels who helped organize the luncheon and arranged for the media to be present. Good job, all!
HSD STAFF CONTINUES TRAINING. The SR HSD staff continued their training efforts. Bob Carle attended back-to-back AWIPS CUT and WHFS classes at the NWSTC May 18-June 5. Ben Weiger attended WHFS training at the June 22-26, and CUT training July 7-17.
ANNUAL IBWC-NWS COORDINATION MEETING. The annual coordination meeting between the NWS and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) was held in El Paso on June 23. In attendance were representatives from NWSFOs Austin/San Antonio, Albuquerque, and Lubbock, West Gulf RFC in Fort Worth, Southern Region HSD, NWSOs El Paso, Midland, and Corpus Christi.
SR HYDROLOGY REPRESENTATIVES ON NATIONAL TEAMS. Two members of the Southern Region hydrology community are serving on nationally-focused teams that were formed to provide management information to NWS Director Jack Kelly. Southeast RFC (Atlanta) HIC John Feldt is a member of a team looking into a strategic vision for the NWS as it moves into its modernized operations. SRH HSD staff member Bob Carle is serving on another team that is looking into the evolving roles of the HMTs.
BOBBY ARMSTRONG TO RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE. After 35 years, 10 months, 25 days, senior hydrologist Bobby Armstrong of the West Gulf RFC will call it quits. During his distinguished career Bobby also served at NWS offices in Jackson, Midland, Oklahoma City, RFC Tulsa, and Southern Region Headquarters (HSD). Bobby and his wife Sue will continue to reside in Fort Worth, and plan to occupy their retirement time with travel, genealogy, dog training and dog shows, hunting, fishing, and investments. Best of luck, Bobby!
LOCAL FLASH FLOOD OPERATIONAL HELP SCHEME. NWSFO Austin/San Antonio forecasters Mark Brundrette, Cliff Cole, Jeff Orrock, and Nezette Rydell have teamed together to develop a series of self-help procedures to facilitate issuing flash flood warnings. The Web-based scheme includes computer-displayable county maps containing flagged flood-prone areas, schematics, historical E-19 data, pre-formatted text, and warning creation and dissemination procedures. Self-paced instructional drills are also part of the package. Using the software enables one to evaluate the hydrologic situation and issue a warning from a single PC workstation. Excellent work, all!
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Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Texas A&M University System
AMS JOURNALS ONLINE. Journals of the American Meteorological Society are now online (http://ams.allenpress.com), but you can display articles only if you have subscriptions to the electronic versions of the journals. Since all offices receive copies of the Monthly Weather Review and Weather and Forecasting, funded by the NWSH Office of Meteorology, it was decided that electronic versions were not warranted in addition to those. Note, however, that you can still take advantage of some very useful features of the online versions of the journals; namely, browsing tables of contents for journals you may not receive, reviewing the abstracts of papers, and using the automated word search for articles/issues containing topics of particular interest. So far it appears only 1997 and 1998 issues are on-line.
CIAMS STATION VISITS. Prof. John Nielsen-Gammon from the NWS Cooperative Institute for Applied Meteorological Studies (CIAMS) at Texas A&M University began a grand tour of Southern Region offices in June. By the end of fall he hopes to have visited sixteen WFOs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas. John will discuss CIAMS activities and present seminars on forecast applications of isentropic potential vorticity. He will also use the visits to learn more about NWS forecast operations.
NWSTC NEWS. Here are a couple of items of interest from the Hydrometeorology and Management Decision (HMD) of the NWS Training Center.
Forecaster Development Program. As part of an effort to redesign the FDP so that it is consistent with the modernized NWS, a new page has been added to the HMD section of the NWSTC Web site. It is designed to allow easy access to FDP training material developed by the NWSTC. It also provides access to the professional development series (PDS) for the new FDP. The Phase 1 PDS is now available via this link: http://www.nwstc.kc.noaa.gov/d.HMD/HMD_FDP.HTML.
Severe Weather Climatology. A Web page focusing on the Forecasting Severe Convection PDS has also been added to the HMD suite of Web pages. Unit 1 of this PDS, covering severe weather climatology, was developed by the NWSTC. Except for a few examples that may be added later, this unit is complete and ready for use at any WFO. The site is at: http://www.nwstc.kc.noaa.gov/d.HMD/HMD_CWD.HTML.
Links to both of these sites can also be found under the Training and Professional Development section of SSD's Web page.
SLS CONFERENCE PAPERS ONLINE. Attached to the last (June) issue of Southern Topics is a list of papers and posters authored by Southern Region personnel and accepted for presentation at the 19th AMS Severe Local Storms Conference, which will be held next September in Minneapolis. At least two of the papers are already online, as part of local office Web sites. Check out:
Observed Relationships Between Total Lightning and Doppler Radar Data During the Tropical Cyclone Josephine (1996) Tornado Outbreak, by Scott Spratt, et al. (NWSO Melbourne), at: http://www.fit.edu/sls98a.html.
and Winter Lightning in the Southeast U.S. and It's Relation to Heavy Frozen Precipitation, by Steve Hunter (SOO, NWSO Morristown), et al., at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mrx/research/Lgtg/slspaper.htm.
We hope others will follow suit so that as many as possible can benefit from the papers, even before the conference.
AWIPS APPLICATIONS. Coordinating the development, sharing and maintenance of applications programs presents problems at least as old as AFOS. The NWSH Office of Systems Development recently provided the following information as part of its routine summary of AWIPS status and developments:
To assist with management of local applications programs, an AWIPS Local Applications Working Group will be established, similar to its AFOS namesake. This working group will serve as a forum for information exchange among member organizations and will oversee and make recommendations concerning all aspects of AWIPS local applications development, approval, dissemination, management, and support. Each Regional Office; NWSH Offices of Meteorology, Hydrology, Systems Development, and Systems Operations; the NCEP centers; and the NWS Training Center will designate members to serve on this working group.
The first activity for each member will be to serve as the coordinator for his/her respective organization for comments on the document entitled Management of Applications Programs Used on the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). This document will provide policy and guidance regarding the development, approval, dissemination, and support of locally developed applications for local and national use within AWIPS.
The NWSH Techniques Development Lab maintains a mailserver to answer related questions and facilitate the distribution of information concerning local applications. To subscribe to the mailserver, send an E-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "subscribe" in the subject line.
AWIPS OUT TRAINING TO BE REDUCED. The On-site User Training (OUT) which follows AWIPS installation has been ten days in length - sufficient for the contractor (PRC) to provide hands-on training of a couple of days duration to each system user. Unfortunately, acceleration of AWIPS deployments makes it very difficult for PRC, and costly for the NWS, to maintain training of that duration for future AWIPS sites. It has been decided to shorten the contractor-provided OUT training to five days and refocus the content. This will increase the involvement of the SOO, ESA and AWIPS system manager in the local training. Every effort will also be made to increase the materials available to them to assist with that task.
WSR-88D TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR HMTs. The WSR-88D distance-learning course which is on-going at this time has been specified as a requirement for all HMTs. Successful completion of the course, or demonstrated knowledge of the skills it imparts, must be certified by the appropriate supervisors. Details are included in memos from the NWS Director and Southern Region Director which have been sent to all offices.
SOO LIGHTNING WORKSHOP. Last week we conducted the second in a series of Southern Region topical SOO workshops - this one was on the subject of Operational Applications of Lightning Data. Participants were from offices which have, or soon will have (thanks to AWIPS), real-time access to lightning data. Prof. Richard Orville (Texas A&M/CIAMS) also participated, along with NSSL researchers Ron Holle and Raul Lopez.
On a related subject, we have attached to this month's Topics a summary of lightning safety tips which Scott Wiley (NWSFO Fort Worth) recently provided to all city and YMCA pools in the local area. Scott included a letter to the pool directors to specifically call their attention to lightning hazards in and around the pool environment, and the need for them to have a well organized action plan in the event thunderstorms approach their area.
IT'S SAVINGS BONDS TIME AGAIN! The month of July is NWS' campaign month and this year it will be handled by Ken Waters in SSD. If you have any questions about the program or would like to start or change allotments please contact your MIC/HIC or Ken at (817) 978-2671.
CRS. The CRS training for NWSFOs Albuquerque, Austin/San Antonio, Oklahoma City/ Norman, Little Rock, NWSOs Tulsa and Shreveport was completed the end of June. A preliminary schedule for the rest of the Region is given below. For questions regarding hardware setup or installation of CRS please contact Cecil Tevis, SRH SOD. Questions on CRS operations should be referred to Rick Dittmann, SRH MSD.
The late August course at NWSFO Fort Worth is to be attended by San Angelo, Lubbock, Amarillo, Houston/Galveston and Fort Worth. The mid-September course at NWSO Nashville is to be attended by Mobile, Memphis, Nashville, and Morristown, and the October course at NWSO Melbourne is to be attended by Jacksonville, Tampa Bay Watch Area, Tallahassee, Melbourne and Miami. One person from each office will be invited to attend.
PAPERLESS WEATHER WIRE. NWSFO Atlanta has been using an old PC to store NOAA Weather Wire Service(NWWS) uplink products over the past year! This replaces the old NWWS printer resulting in less noise in the operations area, a savings of over $1K in ribbons and paper supplies, and countless hours spent changing paper, ribbons and clearing paper jams.
According to OML 5-90, dated November 21, 1990, each uplink office should keep hard copies of the products sent for a minimum of two weeks. NWSFO Atlanta decided to just store data daily, which results in keeping the data for the entire month. By archiving the data daily, they can view the data sent and print hard copies if needed.
The software program, PCPlUS, was designed to be very easy to install and use. A log file is created to store incoming data (NWW.LOG). At the end of the day (or any set time) the file is archived. This copies the NWW.LOG file to another file, which is created. The other files are DAY1, DAY2, etc... DAY31. After copying to the correct day the current file NWW.LOG deletes itself and is ready to start storing the next day's data.
If you would like more information on this software please contact Nathan Mayes, HMT NWSFO Atlanta or Brian Burgess, ESA NWSFO Atlanta.
CC:MAIL MIGRATION COMPLETE. NWS Southern Region has completed the final phase of the cc:Mail migration by the June 30 deadline. In spite of several offices having short staffs due to transfers, annual leave, and other problems, all offices were able to complete the cc:Mail migration on time. The efforts of all the field personnel are greatly appreciated in accomplishing this task. We are still learning the capabilities of this new electronic mail system and taking advantage of many new features.
SOUTHERN REGION AWIPS INSTALLATIONS RESUME. After what seemed an eternity, AWIPS installations resumed in the Southern Region with the delivery of the Southern Region Headquarters AWIPS system. Our installation was the culmination of several months of efforts by all divisions within Southern Region. We have had a major renovation effort underway on the tenth floor of the Fritz Lanham Federal Building for several months. To make more efficient use of the space utilized by the NWS, we obtained additional space formerly occupied by the Army Corp of Engineers, which was physically surrounded by our offices. Now that our office space is more efficiently organized, we can return space to GSA for use by other tenants. In the end, we will actually have less total space. The driving force behind all this work was the AWIPS installation. We didn't have enough space in our equipment room to install AWIPS.
Along with the AWIPS installation, the Southern Region NOAAPort Receive System (NRS) was physically relocated from the Fort Worth WFO/RFC facility to SRH. Now that the NRS is at SRH, we can remove the T-1 line that formerly delivered the data to SRH. We are currently running checks to see if we can provide additional data sets within our current bandwidth capacity.
Those who have attended training sessions at SRH before will appreciate the new training room when they come to SRH for AWIPS and other training sessions. We feel that the new room has a better training environment.
By the end of summer, all Southern Region offices will have had their AWIPS site surveys completed, and several more AWIPS systems will have been installed. The SERFC Atlanta and the ABRFC Tulsa will complete the RFC AWIPS installation process within Southern Region. WFOs Atlanta, Melbourne, Houston/Galveston, Miami, and Amarillo will also receive their systems. Even the Spaceflight Meteorology Group at the Johnson Space Center will receive some AWIPS-like capability with the delivery of their NRS.
We have seen a warm reception at each office with the delivery of AWIPS. Many people within Southern Region are working hard to see that each AWIPS installation is successful.
CRS ARRIVES AT NEW ORLEANS. The Console Replacement System (CRS) arrived at NWSFO New Orleans on June 4, 1998. Installation took place the week of June 15-19. The installation was attended by Larry Tennison, RMS/New Orleans Area; Van Jester, RMS/Tampa Bay; and Cecil Tevis, RSS/SRH. ESA Wayne Hall and the ET staff were well prepared for the installation, having done the pre-installation tasks listed in the CRS Installation Plan. Currently the Site Acceptance Test (SAT) is in progress.
NWSO Midland, Texas, was scheduled to receive their CRS on June 30, followed by NWSO El Paso which is due for delivery around July 28, 1998. If there are any questions concerning the CRS installation, please contact Cecil Tevis at (817) 978-2644 x 142.
SRH/FIELD AWIPS SUPPORT MEETING. On June 16 a conference was held at SRH with AWIPS focal points and SOOs/DOHs from Southern Region sites which have received their AWIPS systems. The conference allowed SRH program managers to share ideas with the field people on how the region can best support AWIPS. Attendees included:
Jamie Frederick, WFO Tulsa Dan Smith, SRH/SSD
Randy Rieman, RFC Slidell Tom Grayson, SRH/SOD
Chris Buonanno, WFO Oklahoma City/Norman Mario Valverde, SRH/SOD
Mike Koziara, WFO New Orleans/Baton Rouge Matt Strahan, SRH/SOD
Bob Corby, RFC Ft. Worth Ken Waters, SRH/SSD
The field site representatives stressed that the following AWIPS support is needed immediately:
Action: We plan to set up a two-day localization course at SRH.
Action: SRH will set up an AWIPS Web site that will include a searchable bulletin board, localization documentation and links to other AWIPS related Web sites.
Action: A policy and associated system will be put into practice that will allow SR to track outside hardware and software that sites use on AWIPS. The purpose of this policy will be to gather a data base of what works and doesn't work well.
Additionally, sites stressed the importance of adequate OUT training. They would also like to see more localization/customization documentation and training from the CUT classes. Areas where the CUT class was deemed deficient, and that the SRH AWIPS class will address, were as follows:
JEFFERSON & HOLM AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED. The selections for the 1998 Thomas Jefferson and John Campanious Holm Awards have been announced.
The Thomas Jefferson Award will be presented to Tommie C. Saye of Clarendon, Texas nominated by NWSO Amarillo staff.
The John Campanious Holm Award winners for 1998 are:
James E. McCravy of Hanceville, Alabama nominated by NWSFO Birmingham;
John H. Doennig of Chelsea, Oklahoma nominated by NWSO Tulsa;
Melinda Ahrens of Cottonwood, Texas nominated by NWSFO Austin/San Antonio;
Emmie Rusche of Prairie Mountain, Texas nominated by NWSFO Austin/San Antonio;
Mrs. Gene Lewis of Valliant, Oklahoma nominated by NWSO Shreveport;
Zonelle Jackson of Seymour, Texas nominated by NWSFO Oklahoma City/Norman.
SURFACE OBSERVATION PROGRAM
TRAINING MANUAL. The long awaited Training Guide in Surface Weather Observations is finally complete and stocked at NLSC. The stock number for this publication is (NSN) NWS9-81-400-0003, while the ASN is XNWS-1. Copies of this publication are for sale to private users by NLSC. Dale Rodda, SAWRS Observation Specialist at NWSO Lake Charles, was very instrumental in the development of this manual.
WHO HAS SOUTHERN REGION SELECTED!?! A frequently asked question can be answered conveniently 24 hours per day from anywhere, thanks to MASC personnel! Go to the MASC home page at: http://www.masc.noaa.gov and look for a bar section on the right entitled: Quick Links. Click on: MASC Vacancy Status. Bingo! You will find the vacancies that have closed, their status (e.g., when they were referred to SRH) if a selection was made and the name of the selectee, whether it was re-advertised/canceled etc.
DIVERSITY/EEO AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
NWSO SHREVEPORT. Lee Harrison (MIC), Ken Falk (SOO), Mark Murphy (forecaster), and Mary Keiser (intern) gave a tour to students from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. A meteorology synopsis, weather briefing, NWS modernization overview, and severe weather safety rules were also discussed.
Marion Kuykendall (DAPM) and Mike Berry (MET) gave a tour to McLeod High School from McLeod, Texas.
NWSFO FORT WORTH. Jim Stefkovich (WCM) gave a one-hour presentation to the Texas Wesleyan University TexPREP students, including 35 minority students, grades 7-10, from Fort Worth. The purpose of TexPREP is to encourage and motivate the students to take courses in mathematics and science. Jim talked about his background, work experience, and how science and math are used in his job, and showed slides on AWIPS, the WSR-88D and other equipment.
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