UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
Fort Worth, Texas

July 15, 1996

SOUTHERN TOPICS


REGIONAL DIRECTOR

HURRICANE BERTHA MOVING THROUGH REGION. Hurricane Bertha has posed some serious problems for the Southern Region over the past several days. The storm's formation in the Atlantic was quite unusual for early July and imposed on the San Juan office some early season challenges. The storm swept the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 1 hurricane and passed just to the north of Puerto Rico. From all I can tell, services were well received. Considerable anxiety was felt in Florida as the storm headed toward the state. Our Florida offices provided important information to their communities and emergency managers so appropriate preparations could be made. Just in the nick of time, the hurricane turned northward as predicted, and as this is being written, will likely landfall in the Carolinas. The storm also placed managers at the Olympic Yachting venue in Savannah, Georgia, in a difficult situation. Many pre-game activities were under way, which needed to be canceled. Fortunately, it looks like the venue site will remain in good shape, so the opening ceremony on July 22 should not be affected. Steve Rinard and his Olympic forecast staff are on-site and provided services through the threat period.

COUNTDOWN TO THE GAMES. All preparations are completed at the Atlanta (Peachtree City) office to provide weather support to the 1996 Summer Olympics. The opening day ceremony is scheduled for July 19, with the closing ceremony on August 4. The Savannah Yachting races begin on July 22 and finish on August 2. Many hours have gone into putting the weather support together, and it's good to know it all came into place. Let the games begin and let the weather cooperate.

ESA "COOKOUT." Last week we had approximately half of our regional ESAs in Fort Worth receiving training on equipment which supports the Frame Relay and some other office equipment. I joined most of the ESAs at a backyard cookout hosted by Martin Garcia. In the later part of the evening a group of ESAs began to discuss the ASOS maintenance program in the Southern Region. I am aware there is a problem with workload assigned to the ASOS Electronics Technicians, but I was not sensitive as to just how much this is a problem. The level of understaffing in the ASOS maintenance area is leading to excessively long work weeks for our ASOS technicians. The shortage of spare parts kits compounds the problem by restricting the ability to have other Electronics Technicians involved in the program, and our very active rate of commissionings plus the high priority, time-sensitive user demands for responsive repairs, all are beginning to take a heavy toll on the organization. It is a difficult problem, since adding more people is very unlikely, if not impossible, in our current "FTE" downsizing climate. At several Regional Directors meetings, the subject has come up; and while there are several ideas about how the problem might be addressed, clear fixes are not imminent. I understand the frustrations and marvel at the dedication of the NWS ASOS maintenance team.

TRANSITION MANAGEMENT UNIT

SITE SELECTION PROCESS CONTINUES FOR NEW WSR-88Ds. A team of NWS personnel, along with representatives from SRI and Fluor Daniel, met in northeastern Alabama July 10 to make preliminary assessments on potential sites for that area's new WSR-88D. The new radar will provide coverage for northern Alabama, southeast Tennessee, and northwest Georgia. Current plans call for a decision to be reached on this site and the eastern Oklahoma/western Arkansas site about three months from now. After the sites have been selected, environmental assessments will be performed at the sites and property will be acquired. If everything goes smoothly, equipment for the WSR-88Ds could be delivered at the eastern Oklahoma/western Arkansas site in January or February of 1997 and at the northern Alabama site in March or April of 1997.

METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES DIVISION

POSTFLIGHT SUMMARY FOR STS-78 NEW SHUTTLE FLIGHT DURATION RECORD. The crew of Columbia achieved a new spaceflight endurance record of 16 days 21 hours and 48 minutes as she punched through the clouds on Sunday, July 7, and executed a picture-perfect landing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 1237 UTC. Columbia beat her previous record by seven hours which was set by the crew of STS-67 in March 1995. Weather issues at launch on June 20 focused on the onset of cumulus convection driven by surface heating. Since the launch window opened at 1449 UTC, more than four hours after sunrise, SMG forecasters were concentrating on the convective temperature and were closely monitoring the rawinsonde data as each new balloon was released. The first visible GOES-8 image revealed a patch of dissipating fog or stratus west of the Indian River between surface reporting stations immediately upstream from KSC. This delayed the onset of the convective temperature by an estimated 30 to 60 minutes. Cumulus developed rapidly, however, southwest and northwest of Cape Canaveral; but a cloud-free zone appeared where the fog/stratus had dissipated. With the help of the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) weather reconnaissance, SMG was able to maintain a "GO" forecast for Return to Launch Site (RTLS), and Columbia lifted off on time. By 16 UTC, however, the SLF observer reported scattered to broken clouds at 1800 feet, which was confirmed by the STA. A launch delay of 30 minutes or longer would likely have resulted in a 48-hour scrub, since unacceptable weather persisted throughout the launch window the following day. The main concern for End of Mission on Sunday, July 7, was a band of clouds and precipitation across Florida which was expected to push northward, gradually drying from the south. The problem of the day was how far north into central Florida would the drying progress, and how close would the band of precipitation be to the SLF at the time of the first KSC landing opportunity at 1237 UTC. The Melbourne WSR-88D radar was out of service due to a lightning strike and was not available during entry operations. SMG was limited to the Tampa WSR-88D dial-up for radar support. At TD-6 hours it appeared as though drying would not make it into central Florida, but the precipitation had dissipated leaving a large dying MCC in the Gulf west of Florida. The cloud deck at the SLF was reported as 130 BKN to OVC, but ceilings upstream at Orlando and Gainsville were reported as 070 and 080 respectively. Concern by TD-3 hours had shifted to the possibility of lowering cloud ceilings advecting eastward from interior central Florida. By TD-1 hour, weather recon confirmed the mid-deck bases were all above 10,000 feet, and rain showers aloft 30 miles N of the SLF had dissipated. At that time, SMG removed the chance of rain showers from the forecast and gave a "GO" for the deorbit burn. Four different Flight Control issues were being worked simultaneously by the entry Flight Control Team and entry Flight Director, Jeff Bantle. This almost forced a landing wave-off, but all four issues were eventually resolved by 2 minutes prior to deorbit burn decision time. SMG was forecasting "NO GO" for the second opportunity at 1411 GMT due to crosswind violations. Crosswind limits were reduced from 15 to 12 kt due to extended mission duration. Lead Forecaster for STS-78 was Wayne Baggett. Assistant Lead/TAL forecaster was Dan Bellue. Lead Techniques Development Meteorologist was Doris Rotzoll.

STAR UPDATE. Help! I, Scott Wiley, am being held hostage at the region. Don't send the ransom yet though! SRH calls this the STAR program and I am here to warn you WHAT is involved. You will be forced to learn Windows95; they will make you attend cutting edge presentations like EMWIN and drive you to travel to exotic places like Boulder. There you will have to work with FSL, COMET, NCAR, AWDL, and RAP. Aviation weather researchers will show you the future, like the next generation AWIPS, Short term (2-hour) thunderstorm forecasting models and 3-D software like AIV. You will be coerced into having discussions with researchers you have only read about before bad things man. Cirrusly (oldy but goody), if you see a project you are interested in, apply! The STAR program has been a lot of work but very enjoyable. There is a good group of people at SRH, and I believe that everyone contributed to the project. Weather Hazard Awareness Training (WHAT) is what Jud Ladd (RAM) and I have been working on, and the project's premise is this: Weather is involved in one-half of all fatal aircraft accidents, and statistics show that either the pilots are not recognizing the hazard or not doing anything about it. With the FAA's goal of zero accidents, the NWS has to become more involved with pilot weather training, much like spotter training is done now. The quickest, most cost-effective way to get material for this training into the field is to use the Internet. Anytime someone from the NWS is planning on giving a safety clinic, she/he can download the necessary files from the SRH home page. One can choose those topics that are most applicable to the type of operation or pilot skill level that the presentation will be for. In addition, pilots will be able to comment on our work, provide suggestions, and discuss issues about our products. This interaction with the pilot community will provide the feedback necessary to improve our forecasts and even their format. Currently, I am finalizing a presentation that will be the framework for this home page. We are using multimedia formats such as video, animation, and sound to present weather hazards in a more realistic format than what is available now. By educating the pilots about the hazards, their dangers, clues of their existence, and what NWS products to use, we can increase air safety, and hopefully, prevent some accidents. I would like to thank everyone at SRH for their time, ideas, and suggestions for WHAT. I enjoyed the whole experience tremendously.

HYDROLOGIC SERVICES DIVISION

ADVANCED HEAVY PRECIPITATION AND QPF WORKSHOP A SUCCESS. The first of four Advanced Heavy Precipitation and Quantitative Precipitation Forecasting workshops to be held in the Southern Region this summer was held July 8-10 at the collocated NWSFO New Orleans and LMRFC in Slidell, Louisiana. There were 30 attendees representing NWSFOs Jackson, New Orleans and Memphis and NWSOs Shreveport, Mobile, Nashville and Lake Charles. Out-of-town presenters included Bruce Terry from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center; Rod Scofield from NESDIS; Jay Grymes from the Southern Region Climate Center; Steve Listemaa from Texas A&M University; Greg Faires from Longwood College, Virginia; Gordon Hammons from Southern Region SSD; and Glenn Austin from Southern Region HSD. Presentations were also made by HIC Dave Reed, Jeffrey Graschel, and Eric Jones (LMRFC Slidell); and Alan Johnson, Tim Destri, Mike Koziara, John Guiney, and Robert Ricks (NWSFO New Orleans). Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and expertise! An interactive training session was included in the workshop where all visiting forecasters had the opportunity to work an operational RFC shift for their HSA. This allowed NWSFO/NWSO forecasters to see how HAS forecasters and RFC hydrologists were using their WinQPF-produced products. A special cajun feast was served Monday night at a social dinner where Rod Scofield spoke about the latest techniques in satellite interpretation. The talk was well received and, according to Gordon Hammons, "The bread pudding with whiskey sauce was excellent!" Southern Region HSD wishes to thank everyone involved in organizing this workshop, especially Nana Miestchovich, Jeffrey Graschel, Dave Reed, Alan Johnson, Robert Ricks, and Paul Trotter. The next workshop will be held at the collocated WGRFC/NWSFO Fort Worth in August.

NEWS FROM THE RIVER FORECAST CENTERS

Flood Meeting. On June 26, Bob Stucky (DOH, LMRFC Slidell) and Ray Sondag (Hydro Focal Point, NWSO Lake Charles) attended a meeting on flooding on the Vermillion River in and around Lafayette, Louisiana. The meeting, sponsored by the Corps of Engineers (COE), was held to discuss installation of 6 data collection platforms (DCPs) on the Vermillion River and the development of a flood preparedness plan for the area. The sites are funded jointly by the COE and Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness, and gages are being installed by the USGS. Ray presented the NWS services and methods of disseminating information to external users.

LMRFC Attends USGS Meeting. DOH Bob Stucky and Senior HAS Jeff Graschel (LMRFC Slidell) attended the annual meeting between USGS and COE officials in the southeastern U.S. to discuss activities in this area. The meeting, held in Gulfport, Mississippi, consisted of an afternoon of technical presentations followed by a morning session where USGS and COE officials discussed program issues. During the technical session, Jeff made a presentation on WSR-88D precipitation processing and plans for LMRFC in this area.

Operation Nail Down. On Monday, July 8, Al Dreumont (MIC/AM NWSFO San Antonio), Paul Trotter (MIC/AM, NWSFO New Orleans), and Dave Reed (HIC, LMRFC Slidell) attended a press conference announcing the start of Operation Nail Down implemented by the Gulf Coast Attorneys General Disaster Alliance. The Alliance includes Attorneys General from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The press conference, held in New Orleans, was sponsored by Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, the originator of the idea for Operation Nail Down. Operation Nail Down is a mission to enhance disaster-related consumer protection by educating consumers and sharing information. A toll free number (1-800-351-4889) is available for consumers to receive information on price gouging, fly-by-night contractors, and other scams often associated with disasters. A Web page is planned to make this information available on Internet.

NEWS FROM SOUTHERN REGION HYDROLOGIC SERVICE AREAS

Drought Update. Recent rains across New Mexico have created a temporarily improved drought scenario for parts of the state. In fact, as of July 6, the Palmer Drought Index (URL address http://nic.fb4.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/regional_monitoring/palmer.gif) reflected above normal moisture for most of the Rio Grande Valley. Elsewhere in New Mexico, extreme drought continues over the northwest and northeast corners, with the southeast corner of the state experiencing severe drought. Charlie Liles (MIC/AM, NWSFO Albuquerque) has been writing weekly update statements on AFOS to keep the public as up-to-date as possible on the situation. Charlie is also serving on four drought impact assessment teams. John Patton (Senior Service Hydrologist, NWSFO San Antonio), has been keeping the public up-to-speed on the drought in central and southern Texas through PNS statements. Additionally, John spoke about the drought status at the state meeting of the Texas Water Conservation Association. Also speaking at the meeting was NWSFO San Antonio WCM Larry Eblen who presented information on drought forecast studies. In Lubbock, Service Hydrologist Steve Drillette answered drought questions for a reporter from the Wall Street Journal. He supplied Frank Richards of the Office of Hydrology with reservoir information to be used at the Climate Center. Steve also wrote a PNS to help maintain public awareness and education regarding the drought. The remainder of the Southern Region states are near normal with some Lower Mississippi Valley locations and parts of Georgia reporting moderate drought. Texas, remains mostly in severe to extreme drought, while southern and central portions of Florida are unusually to very moist.

Amarillo's Riverbook Goes Hi-Tech. The last edition of Topics mentioned the Riverbook being used in Amarillo. This book is actually a log where DCP data are entered regularly helping to reveal response histories for various gage locations. Lance Goehring (hydro focal point) asked Lead Forecaster Scott Plischke to develop a computer program to automate the process. Scott created two programs. The first one automated the process by using a bulletin board PC to download HADS data (precipitation and stage). Lance can then save the data onto disk and archive it. This eliminates the need to hand-record the data every six hours. Scott then created Weathergraph a program which plots the HADS data in its actual location on a CWA map through the PC NOW program. There is a circle next to each station on the map. Clicking the left mouse button in the circle yields E-19 data for that station. Clicking the right mouse button in the circle displays pictures of the site. Lance reports: This program will grab the latest data from AFOS and automatically plot it up. The programs will help the staff a lot because now they can call up a simple PC program and they can get all of the data in one spot rather than looking through many AFOS products or through the entire office looking for hydrology data.

Puerto Rico Conference. Service Hydrologist Eloy Colon (NSWFO San Juan) participated in a conference at the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority Emergency Management office. Hydrologic topics discussed included rainfall intensities and durations for different parts of the island, historical rainfall and flood records, coastal flood-prone areas and precipitation networks. Puerto Rico has a varied climate even though it is only about 100 miles long. Some areas along the windward side are classified rain forests, while the leeward side experiences much drier weather. Because of its rugged, mountainous terrain and its substantial development, the island is prone to severe flash flood and mudslide events.

West Texas Travel. Steve Drillette (Service Hydrologist, NWSFO Lubbock) visited the High Plains Underground Water District a local government agency. An official spoke with him on the purpose and functions of the Water District and how they use NWS products. Steve also made a coordination trip to San Angelo where he and Amy McCullough (Hydro Focal Point NWSO San Angelo) reviewed hydrologic information pertinent to the August 1 HSA transition at San Angelo. Steve visited NWSO Amarillo as well where he helped get the SHIMS database operational again.

Hustling in Houston. Dave Schwertz (Service Hydrologist, NWSO Houston) made several trips in June. He participated in the Hydrology Workshop at the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority in Edna, Texas. He also spoke with an Austin County Judge concerning the placement of a staff gage on Mill Creek near Bellville. Dave discussed WFO hydrologic operations in the modernized era at a seminar held at Texas A&M. He also met with the La Marque Rotary Club where he presented information on hurricane preparedness and the current drought situation. With all this travel, Dave still managed several visits to gage sites for inspections and maintenance.

New Ozark Society Member. Shreveport NWSO Service Hydrologist Craig Ross gave a presentation to the Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society. His talk focused on flash flooding and the overall hydrology of the tributaries of the Little River in southeast Oklahoma and southwest Arkansas (the Glover, Mountain Fork, Rolling Fork, Cossatot and Saline Rivers) that are popular for their gorgeous scenery and canoeing. Craig answered queries on lightning safety as well, since the members are often engaged in outdoor activities during episodes of threatening weather. His contact with the group over the years has apparently been mutually agreeable, as he most recently was made a member of the society.

HSD ATTACHMENT. It is becoming more and more common for us to read about Southern Region Service Hydrologists and hydrologic focal points making presentations to schools, meeting with community officials, coordinating with local and federal government agencies, improving data collection systems and enhancing staff training techniques, while maintaining control of their many other duties. With the culmination of the Southern Region HSA transitions occurring August 1, attached to these Topics is a Technical Attachment written by Regional Transition Hydrologist Rick Dittmann which addresses the evolving workload and responsibilities of Southern Region Service Hydrologists.

SCIENTIFIC SERVICES DIVISION

NEW TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM. Mark Cunningham, Jeff Garmon, and Nicolle Koch (NWSFO Jackson) authored NOAA Tech Memo NWS SR-178, Severe Weather Climatology (1950-1994) for the New NWSFO Jackson, Mississippi, County/Parish Warning and Forecast Area, which has been distributed to all offices. This is the latest in a series of similar studies that provide helpful background information for forecasters as NWS modernization results in changes to the county warning areas, and thus new ares of responsibility.

NWSTC COURSES FOR FY1997. This is a reminder that MICs and HICs have been asked to submit nominations to SRH by August 1 for courses that will be offered next year by the NWS Training Center's Hydrometeorology and Management Division. A memo containing class dates, prerequisites, and a summary of who is eligible for each of the NWSTC courses was sent to all offices in early June. NWSO and CWSU MICs should coordinate with the Area Managers, who will forward all nominations for their areas to SSD (W/SR3). HICs should submit nominations to the Regional Hydrologist (W/SR2). The SRH Divisions/individuals who are responsible for handling the various NWSTC courses are: Scientific Services Division Forecaster Development Course (Dan Smith) Flash Flood Course (Dan Smith) SOO/DOH Training Techniques Course (Gordon Hammons) Systems Operations Division HMT Course (Suzanne Nichols) ASOS System Managers Course (Victor Murphy) CPM Course (Mike Asmus) All Engineering and Electronics Division courses (Martin Garcia) Hydrologic Services Division Basic Operational Hydrology Course (Glenn Austin) Meteorological Services Division MAR Managers Course (Mac McLaughlin) Team Leadership Course (Mac McLaughlin) Warning Coordination Course (Gary Woodall)

NEW TRAINING CENTER TRAINING MATERIALS. The NWSTC now has available on its HMD home page two tutorials on ASOS visibility and wind algorithms. Both of these tutorials are HTML-based and use an instructional design strategy that was developed by the NWSTC. The strategy uses elements of learner control and review/feedback that are common in computer-based training. A paper on this approach is also available as an on-line HTML document. NWSTC has other tutorials under development using the same instructional design format. The NWSTC home page can be found at: http://www.nwstc.kc.noaa.gov To accommodate the change to METAR/TAF, the NWSTC has revised remote training modules which are required for some of their in-residence courses. A new TAF RTM replaces the former FT module (and is also available via the home page). The TWEB module is also being revised.

NEW DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN. Dr. Frederick Carr has assumed the directorship of the University of Oklahoma's School of Meteorology. Fred has been a helpful partner in NWS modernization, and many in the Southern Region know him from his role in COMAP and other COMET courses. Congratulations, Fred; we look forward to many more years of collaboration with OU.

NWA ANNUAL MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS. The deadline for abstracts for the National Weather Association Annual Meeting scheduled for December 1-6, 1996, at Cocoa Beach, Florida is August 1. The theme for this year's meeting will be "The Thunderstorm." For more information, see the "Call for Papers" which was attached to the June 1, 1996, Southern Topics. Abstracts should be sent to: Capt. Scot Heckman, Program Chairman 45th Weather Squadron USAF 1201 Minuteman Street Ptrick AFB, Florida 32925 Tel: (407) 494-7023 e:mail: scot-heckman@pafb.af.mil

WSR-88D BUILD 9 TRAINING. The upcoming new NEXRAD software load (Build 9) will contain significant changes and necessitate some training and familiarization on the part of users. Tim Crum (OSF Operations Training Branch) provided the following short summary of plans for Build 9 training: In late July the beta test sites will receive a copy of precursor Build 9.0 training materials the OSF/OTB has prepared. This material will give WSR-88D operators a preview summary of new products, algorithms, and other major changes in Build 9.0 before the sites receive the software. We recommend that all operators review this material in advance of the installation of the new software. The Training Branch has prepared a "Quick Start" training package that will be included in the Build 9.0 Release Kit. This material is aimed at providing a "guided tour" of the major new and changed console screens and products. Operators should execute the training material once the Build 9.0 software is installed. All non-beta sites will receive the precursor training package at least 30 days before the Build 9.0 release. The Quick Start package will also be in the release kit all sites receive. The OSF encourages comments and suggestions on the training materials from the beta sites. Comments from the field will help prepare the final version of training material that goes to the rest of the field sites before the final release of Build 9.0.

LOCAL OSF WARNING OPERATIONS SEMINAR. John Ferree and Liz Quoetone from the OSF Operations Training Branch provided a seminar at NWSO Tulsa last week on the subject of warning operations. They repeated the seminar twice during the afternoon for members of the local NWSO and RFC staffs, along with visitors from NWSO Springfield and NWSFO Wichita. Altogether about 25 individuals participated. Liz and John discussed aspects of the warning decision process, and they elicited good feedback from the attendees. Plans are to incorporate this important topic into future OSF classes.

SYSTEMS OPERATIONS DIVISION

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION BRANCH

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OPPORTUNITIES. OSO has three vacancies that are now "on the street" for anyone in the Regional Headquarters or the field who might be interested in these positions. All three vacancies open July 10 and close July 31. The first two vacancies listed below are at Weather Service Headquarters in Silver Spring for the OT&E Group with Mary Buckingham as the Group Leader. These positions support the writing of test plans, managing the OT&E, and writing the final test report. These positions will support AWIPS, CRS, and ASOS OT&Es. GS-1301-12 NOAA OA/W - 96-0062.EAF GS-1301-13 NOAA OA/W - 96-0060.EAF The remaining vacancy is at the Sterling Research and Development Center in Sterling, Virginia, for the Sterling Test Section, with Dick Stone as the section supervisor. This Electronics Technician position serves as the sites system support manager. The position requires support of various on-site test beds/chambers, as well as remote test sites (e.g., Tucson, Arizona; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Ocean City, Maryland, etc.) for surface and upper air observation systems. GS-0856-12/13 NOAA OA/W -96-0061.EAF.

NEW PHONE NUMBERS. A final reminder all telephone numbers with the prefixes 334 and 885 will be changed to 978 at Southern Region Headquarters the weekend of July 19. Each office will need to update telephone directories and review automatic dialing systems, such as speed dial, cc:Mail, and PC-GRIDDS, to ensure a smooth transition. Please direct any questions to Gene Witsman at (817) 978-2367 Ext. 129 (until July 19 after which his number will change to (817) 978-2367 Ext.129.

OBSERVATIONS AND FACILITIES BRANCH

LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARD. On Monday, June 24, Mr. Roy Well was presented a service pin and plaque in honor of his 40 years of service with the Cooperative Program. The presentation was made at the weekly Kiwanis meeting in Wisa, Virginia, by the Morristown trio MIC Jerry McDuffie, DAPM Craig Carpenter, and HMT Gregg Cole. Kiwanis members and friends, as well as the media, were present. The presentation was followed by an interesting question and answer session.

PC-ROSA CONVERSION. The PC-ROSA conversion is still planned for this fall. While we will not likely make the October goal, we are moving forward as quickly as possible. The change in the reporting system will require that all cooperative observers currently reporting data via the Touch-Tone be retrained in the new coding procedures. Once the new computers are installed and the software is loaded, the DAPM/HMT teams should begin training. Experience in other regions has shown that an average of one hour of training is required per observer.

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE OBSERVER NEWSLETTER. In the past, photographs of observer award presentations for publication in the National Cooperative Observer newsletter were limited to observers with 20 or more years of service. The new policy, effective immediately, accepts photos of all award presentations, regardless of length of service. These will be forwarded to NCDC for publication. The number of photos allowed per page and the size limitation of the newsletter are still being discussed, but now all observers' photographs will be published.

DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

EEOC MEMBER CARLOS GARZA TRAINS FOR OLYMPICS. NWS employees from Atlanta and elsewhere have been running the 10K Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta for nearly 20 years. These have included Marvin Maddox (currently MIC at Louisville), Rusty Pfost (SOO, NWSFO Jackson), Duane Moyer (retired SERFC Atlanta employee), Claude Hall (retired WSFO Atlanta employee), Reggina Garza (SERFC Atlanta Senior Hydrologist), Von Woods (NWSFO Atlanta FIC), and Carlos Garza (AM/MIC, NWSFO Atlanta).

This year Von, Reggina, and Carlos joined 49,997 others at the 27th annual 4th of July event to run for the coveted Peachtree Road Race "T-shirt." Carlos reports that the weather was the best he has experienced in the 14 years of running the Peachtree. Great job, gang!

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