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Nominations now being accepted for the 2016 NWA Annual Awards. Submit a nomination by June 13! Award Nomination Form
We invite you to nominate individuals, teams or organizations whose outstanding efforts in operational meteorology and related sciences deserve special recognition.
To make a nomination, review the award categories below and determine the award category that best fits. Select that category on the Award Nomination Form, complete and submit the form. You are welcome to submit more than one nomination, although please choose only one award for each specific group or individual. Nominations can be made at any time, but please remember to submit prior to July 30th for consideration for that particular year.
Although there is no rigid time requirement for the awards, it is preferred that the accomplishment, if not on a continuing basis, occur within 18 months prior to the nominations. Self-nominations will not be accepted. If the nomination is not selected as the winner, it will remain a valid nomination for two additional years unless the nominee(s) are no longer in positions applicable to the award. The nomination may be updated by the submitter in each of those additional two years. Names of previous winners and additional award information are shown below.
Award winners will be notified by the NWA President or Awards Committee Chair in early July. Presentation of the 2016 awards will be made at the 41st NWA Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, September 15, 2016, in Norfolk, Virginia.
For additional information on the Annual Awards Program and to provide suggestions for consideration, contact an Awards Committee member listed here, or the NWA office at (405) 701-5167.
Click on "examples" to get ideas for your own nominations (these particular ones all won awards)
Operational Achievement Individual Award: This award is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology (e.g., an accurate and timely forecast for one or more significant weather events or for long-period achievement). (examples)
Operational Achievement Group Award: This award is presented to a group of two or more individuals for a significant contribution to operational meteorology. (examples)
Member of the Year Award: This award is presented to a NWA member who has made significant contributions to the organization over a period of time.
The Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award: This award is presented to a NWA member whose research has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology. (examples)
Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award: This award is presented to an individual or organization directly assisting the meteorological community in providing weather-related information to the public. Individuals and organizations in the meteorological profession are ineligible for this award. (examples)
Public Education Award: This award is presented to an individual or organization providing significant contributions to increase the public's weather awareness. (examples)
Broadcaster of the Year Award: This award is presented to a NWA member Radio or Television weathercaster, or other member of the broadcast media, whose activities have significantly contributed to the development and presentation of weather information to the public service. Radio and Television weathercaster candidates must be current NWA Seal of Approval holders and have had the NWA Seal of Approval for at least one year prior to being nominated for this award. (examples)
Aviation Meteorology Award: This award is presented to an individual or group to recognize significant contributions to aviation meteorology, such as impact of operational forecasts on aviation operations or advances in aviation meteorology including research in detection and forecasting of aviation hazards. (examples)
Local Chapter Award: This award is presented to a Local Chapter of the NWA whose activities have significantly increased awareness of the weather and of the NWA in their local area. (examples)
The Larry R. Johnson Special Award: This award is presented to an individual or a group to recognize unique events or extraordinary accomplishments, which significantly contributed to operational meteorology. (examples)
J. Kevin Lavin Leadership Award: This new award recognizes those who exemplify the highest qualities of effective and honorable leadership which significantly strengthened an organization.
Special Awards: Four special awards are designated for individuals or groups — The Special Lifetime Achievement Award, Special Achievement Award, Special Appreciation Award, and Lifetime Membership Award. Contact the Awards Committee Chair directly if you are interested in nominating an individual or group for any of these special awards.
The National Weather Association began its annual awards program in 1977 to provide deserved recognition to those individuals involved in operational activities and to promote excellence in operational meteorology and related activities. The NWA Annual Awards Program recognizes the professional as well as the volunteer. The emphasis is on the people who perform the day-to-day tasks of providing meteorological information and support services to the public. The Program was revised in 1988 to add three more categories and in 1990 to rename the Public Service Award to the Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award. Walter Bennett, a US Weather Bureau forecaster, provided extraordinary service spanning fifty years. In 1991, a Special Award was added to honor the 1690th Group of the Air Weather Service of the US Air Force for their operational weather support deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in the Middle East. In 1996, two more award categories were added; an Aviation Meteorology Award and a Local NWA Chapter Award. The nominations for the Operational Achievement Award were separated into two sections: Individual and Group. In addition, the Radio-TV Broadcaster of the Year Award was merged with the Media Award and named the Broadcaster of the Year Award. In 1998, the Special Award nomination was also modified and named in honor of Larry R. Johnson, a founding member of the NWA and President of the NWA for 1995 who died of cancer. In 2000, the Research Achievement Award was named after Dr. T. Theodore Fujita. These changes will hopefully generate increased interest in the Awards Program and provide the organization greater flexibility in recognizing the accomplishments of the many individuals, groups and agencies involved in operational meteorology and related activities.
History of Annual Award Categories and Award Winners
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This award is presented to an NWA member who has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology or a related field. It can be for a forecast of a significant weather event. It could also be for outstanding work of an individual over a defined period of time. Initially this award was for the Forecaster of the Year. Award winners are:
2015 — Thomas Hultquist 2014 — Lans Rothfusz 2013 — Richard Smith 2012 — Daryl Herzmann 2011 — Eric Wise 2010 — Timothy W. Garner 2009 — Karl Silverman 2008 — John Feldt 2007 — Michael E. Umscheid 2006 — Robert Ricks 2005 — Dr. Pablo Santos, Jr. 2004 — Dr. Joel N. Myers 2003 — Willis Bryan Owings 2002 — Patrick T. Welsh 2001 — Elizabeth Quoetone 2000 — Steven Piltz 1999 — David Andra 1998 — John A. Hart 1997 — George R. Wilken 1996 — Russell L. Pfost 1995 — Richard J. Kane 1994 — Edward D. Priselac 1993 — Patrick L. Burek 1992 — USAF Weather Flight, 384 OSS/ACC, McConnell AFB, KS 1991 — Ernest Ethridge 1990 — Robert E. Bell 1989 — David M. Booth Walter H. Drag 1988 — Michael K. Kennedy Richard Naistat 1987 — Charlie Liles Robert Fischer 1986 — Steven J. Weiss Carl L. Peabody 1985 — Edward D. Priselac 1984 — David Goldstein 1983 — Brian Korty 1982 — James Clarke Norman Junker Phillip Poole Cadesman Pope, Jr. 1981 — No award given 1980 — Thomas Crossan 1979 — Robert G. Behm 1978 — Albert C. Flahive
This award is presented to more than one individual (a team) for a specific event or for displaying excellence over a defined period of time. A majority of the group (greater than 50%) must be NWA members. Award winners are:
2014 — National Weather Service Forecast Office Springfield, MO 2013 — National Weather Service Forecast Office Binghamton, NY 2012 — Members of the Warning Decision Training Branch 2011 — Phillip Bothwell, John Hart, Corey Mead and Richard Thompson 2010 — Kenneth Graham, Timothy Destri, Patricia Brown, Francida Moore, Robert Ricks and Timothy Erickson 2009 — Daniel Koch, Tabitha Clarke and John Lewis III 2008 — Jason F. Beaman and Daniel Valle 2007 — NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Huntsville, Alabama 2006 — The personnel of the NOAA/National Weather Service Offices in Slidell, LA; Mobile, AL; Jackson, MS; Birmingham, AL; and Huntsville, AL, and the NWS Southern Region Regional Operations Center 2005 — James M. Caruso and Jonathan M. Davies 2004 — Barry Baxter, Kim Brabander, Eric Christensen, Wayne Colin, Robert Handel, Guy Rader and Pablo Santos 2003 — Tim Oram, Tim Garner and Richard Lafosse 2002 — Patrick Murphy and John Taylor 2001 — Jere Gallup, Jack Gross, Russell Pfost, and Guy Rader 2000 — Kenneth D. LaPenta & Jonathan L. Blaes 1999 — The Staff at the NWS Forecast Office, Pittsburgh, PA 1998 — Bartlett C. Hagemeyer, David W. Sharp and Scott M. Spratt 1997 — Scott L. Whittier & William E. Murray 1996 — Edward A. Mahoney & Thomas A. Niziol
This award is presented to an NWA member who has made significant contributions to the organization over a long period of time. Award winners are:
2015 — Winifred C. Crawford 2014 — Bruce Thomas 2013 — Matthew Bunkers 2012 — John Gordon 2011 — Janice Bunting 2010 — Mike Vescio 2009 — Dr. John R. Scala 2008 — David I. Knapp 2007 — Dr. Peter B. Roohr 2006 — Steve Listemaa 2005 — Alan E. Gerard, Jeffrey P. Craven, and Steven V. Vasiloff 2004 — Betsy Kling 2003 — Andrew H. Horvitz 2002 — G. Alan Johnson 2001 — Timothy H. Miner 2000 — Bernard N. Meisner 1999 — John McLaughlin 1998 — C.W. "Bill" Tazewell Stacy L. Bunin 1997 — Mark S. Binkley 1996 — William "Bill" Read 1995 — Floyd F. Hauth 1994 — Stephen W. Harned 1993 — Kent Ehrhardt 1992 — Thomas H. Grayson Robert A. Maddox Steven J. Weiss 1991 — Kenneth C. Crawford 1990 — X. William Proenza 1989 — Jerrold A. LaRue 1988 — H. Michael Mogil 1987 — Mark D. Shulman 1986 — George L. Frederick, Jr. 1985 — Philip A. Calabrese 1984 — Brian G. Smith 1983 — No award given 1982 — Sol Hirsch 1981 — Dennis H. McCarthy 1980 — Dorothy Kropp 1979 — Rolf Nilsestuen 1978 — Anthony T. Tancreto 1977 — Frances Parmenter Holt
This award is presented to an individual or group to recognize significant contributions to aviation meteorology such as: impacts of operational forecasts on aviation operations and advances in aviation meteorology including research in detection and forecasting of aviation hazards. Award winners are:
2015 — NWS Center Weather Service Unit and NWS Weather Forecast Office Memphis 2014 — Mike Eckert and Brandon Smith, National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center/FAA Command Center 2013 — National Weather Service WFO/CWSU Albuquerque, NM 2012 — Brian Schoettmer 2011 — NOAA/NWS Center Weather Service Unit Atlanta, Georgia NOAA/National Weather Service Forecast Office Peachtree City, Georgia 2010 — National Weather Service New York City Forecast Office, NWS Eastern Region Headquarters, Bohemia, New York, and NWS Center Weather Service Unit, Ronkonkoma, New York 2009 — Sally Pavlow Johnson 2008 — Brian Pettegrew and the University of Missouri-Columbia Forecast Team 2007 — Robert O. Baron — President and Founder of Baron Services, Inc. 2006 — Newton Skiles, Christopher Buonanno, and Paul Iñiguez 2005 — Members of the Technology Exploitation Branch, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Weather Agency (R. Bruce Telfeyan, Daniel M. Rozema, Jennifer C. Roman, Lee A. Byerle, James E. McMullen, Stephen M. Riehart, Gordon R. Brooks, David L. Keller, Jeramie Lippman, Angela D. Oder, Jeremy J. Wesley, Evan L. Kuchera, Ingrid A. Gotchel, Scott A. Rentschler, Steven E. Harris, David J. Hladky, Patrick A. Therien, Jason A. Smith, and Jonathan M. Garner) 2004 — Combined Team of NOAA/NWS Center Weather Service Unit, Fort Worth, Texas (Tom Amis, James Ott, Charles Hays and Doug Reno) and the NOAA/Forecast Systems Laboratory, Aviation Division, Boulder, Colorado (Lynn Sherretz, Greg Pratt, Dennis Rodgers, Jim Frimel, Young Chun, Lisa Gifford, Chris Masters and Doug Ohlhorst) 2003 — The NOAA/National Weather Service staff of the FAA Training Academy 2002 — The Federal Aviation Administration's Aviation Weather Research Program (AWRP) 2001 — Timothy H. Miner and Timothy Oram 2000 — Carolyn M. Kloth 1998 — Christine L. Alex, Howard J. Diamond and Raymond M. Downs, NOAA/NWS Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD 1997 — Aviation Operations Branch and Aviation Support Branch, Aviation Weather Center, NWS, Kansas City, MO 1996 — Thomas M. Hicks, Meteorologist in Charge, Center Weather Service Unit, Fort Worth, Texas
This award is presented to an NWA member whose research has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology. The Research Achievement Award was named in honor of Dr. T. Theodore Fujita in the year 2000. Dr. Fujita was a charter member and the first to be awarded the Research Achievement Award. Award winners are:
2015 — Mid-Atlantic and Southeast CSTAR Group Jonathan Blaes (NWS Raleight) and Gary Lackmann (North Carolina State University) 2014 — Matthew Bunkers 2013 — Paul Markowski 2012 — Charles E. Graves Chad Gravelle 2011 — Timothy Schmit 2010 — Professor John Knox 2009 — Richard Grumm 2008 — Ronald L. Holle 2007 — Dr. Rodger A. Brown 2006 — Gary P. Ellrod 2005 — No award given 2004 — Stephen F. Corfidi 2003 — Ron W. Przybylinski 2002 — Norman W. "Wes" Junker 2001 — Robert H. Johns 2000 — James T. Moore
This award is presented to an NWA member whose research has made a significant contribution to operational meteorology. Initially this award was for the Academic Person Contributing to the Advance of Applied Meteorology. Award winners are:
1999 — John Quinlan 1998 — Steven E. Koch 1997 — Frank Smigielski 1996 — Louis W. Uccellini 1995 — Charles A. Doswell III 1994 — Eric A. Thaler 1993 — Robert S. Davis 1992 — Richard J. Kane 1991 — John A. Hart William Korotky 1990 — Gary P. Ellrod Thomas A. Niziol 1989 — James J. Gurka Ronald W. Przybylinski 1988 — Edward B. Mortimer 1987 — William L. Read 1986 — Gary M. Carter Roderick Scofield 1985 — Hazen Bedke James G. Stobie 1984 — Don Devore Jerry Hunt Larry Ruth 1983 — John Stackpole 1982 — Leonard Snellman 1981 — Robert Maddox 1980 — Terry Tarbell 1979 — John J. Cahir 1978 — T. T. Fujita
This award is presented to an individual or organization directly assisting the meteorological community in providing weather-related information to the public. Individuals and organizations in the meteorological profession are ineligible for this award. The NWA Public Service Award was named in honor of Walter J. Bennett in 1990. Award winners are:
2015 — Suzanne Katschke 2014 — Sara Stone of CenterPoint Energy and Jackie Miller of the City of Houston 2013 — Nancy Gaarder 2012 — John Wetter 2011 — Perry McEwen 2010 — Bob Pickering, Flagler County Emergency Management, Bunnell, Florida 2009 — Sparkle Anderson, Centerpoint Energy, Inc. 2008 — Roy Sedwick, Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, Texas 2007 — KOSA-TV CBS-7 Midland, Texas 2006 — Wade D. (Danny) Hampton, NOAA Weather Radio Maintenance Contractor, Raleigh, North Carolina 2005 — Leslie Chapman-Henderson and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) 2004 — John Fleck, a science writer for the Albuquerque Journal in Albuquerque, New Mexico 2003 — Medina Electric Cooperative, Inc., of Hondo, Texas 2002 — The South Plains Storm Spotting Team of Lubbock, Texas 2001 — Jim Robinson, Mike Fliefel, and Robert Timmons, Houston, Texas, Emergency Managers Weather Information Network 2000 — Bowling Green / Warren County Office of Emergency Management 1999 — Amateur Radio SKYWARN Team, Fort Worth, TX (Michael Haskett & Greg Story accepted) Albert H. Gull, Cooperative Weather Observer, Edgemont, SD 1998 — Randy S. Johnson, Amateur Radio Operator and SKYWARN volunteer, Orlando, FL 1997 — Park Owens, Emergency Manager, Pennington County and Rapid City, South Dakota 1996 — Michael Sprague, Civil Defense Director, Steuben County, New York 1995 — State of Connecticut, Department of Environmental Protection 1994 — U.S. Forest Service, Talkeetna Ranger Station, Alaska 1993 — Colonel Rodney Jackson, President Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Police Association 1992 — Josephine Dyas, Seattle, Washington - marine radio relay of observations/forecasts 1991 — Peggy Jo Dyson, Kodiak, Alaska - marine radio broadcasts for North Pacific Jack Wilson, Director of Boise Idaho Interagency Fire Center 1990 — Mark Lange, WZDM Radio, Vincennes, Indiana
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD (initially this award was for Contribution to Meteorology by a Civilian and Contribution to Meteorology by an Organization)
1989 — Frank Savat, Jr. and J. D. Alexander, amateur radio operators for AR-LA-OK-TX Storm Spotter Group 1988 — Carl Carlos, Civil Defense Director, Jones County, Mississippi The Division of Emergency Management of The State of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn, Alabama 1987 — James Jeffrey, Midland, Texas KARE-TV, Minneapolis, Minnesota Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, Austin, Texas 1986 — Gerald E. Murphy, Net Controller for Lake Erie Amateur Radio Association Radio Station KRPL, Moscow, Idaho 1985 — Wilson F. Sellner AK-SAR-BEN amateur radio club, Omaha, Nebraska 1984 — Harold K. Whitaker, Lighthouse Keeper, Cape Ann Light Station, Thatcher Island, Massachusetts Bureau of Land Management, Boise, Idaho 1983 — Steven Hatch, Flash Flood Spotter, Tooele, Utah Cape Fisherman's Supply, Inc., Chatham, Massachusetts 1982 — Ray Evans and Paul Freeman, Illinois State Highway Patrolmen Miami Valley FM Association (MVFM), Dayton, Ohio 1981 — Dale Marsh, Flash Flood Spotter, Escalante, Utah Civil Defense Region 26, Communications Center, Taylor, Nebraska 1980 — Edward J. Dougherty, Amateur Radio Operator, Frederick, Maryland The American Broadcasting Company, New York for Good Morning America 1979 — R. B. "Pat" Shreve, Amateur Radio Operator, Shaker Heights, Ohio Brooklyn Union Gas Company, Brooklyn, New York 1978 — Dayton L Phifer, Amateur Radio Operator, Western Nebraska Amateur Radio Net San Antonio Repeater Organization (volunteer radio operators), San Antonio, Texas 1977 — National Broadcasting Company's Today Show, New York
This award is presented to a Local Chapter of the NWA whose activities have significantly increased awareness of the weather and of the NWA in their local area. Award winners are:
2015 — Northwest Indiana Student Chapter of AMS & NWA 2014 — Middle Tennessee NWA Chapter 2013 — North Florida NWA Chapter 2012 — Central Alabama NWA Local Chapter 2011 — High Plains AMS/NWA Local Chapter (XI) 2010 — Three Rivers Chapter, California University of Pennsylvania 2009 — Lyndon State College Student Chapter 2008 — High Plains Chapter 2007 — Three Rivers Chapter, California University of Pennsylvania 2006 — Central Iowa NWA Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa 2005 — East Mississippi NWA (Alpha) Chapter, Mississippi State University 2004 — No award given 2003 — The High Plains NWA & AMS Chapter, western Oklahoma and western/central Kansas and Nebraska 2002 — The Southern New England NWA Chapter, Taunton, Massachusetts 2001 — Central Iowa NWA Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa 1999 — Arkansas Local Chapter, Little Rock, Arkansas 1997 — Central Iowa NWA Chapter, Des Moines, Iowa 1996 — West Central Texas NWA (Theta) Chapter, Abilene, Texas
This award is presented to an individual, group or organization providing significant contributions to increase the public's weather awareness. Award winners are:
2015 — Jason Lindsey – Hooked on Science 2014 — Michael Brown, Mississippi State University 2013 — Mike Mogil 2012 — Donna Lee 2011 — John Gordon Jan Null 2010 — John J. Metz and Jason Dunn 2009 — The COMET Program 2008 — Mark W. Rose 2007 — Roberta Chance 2006 — Hector Guerrero, Kandis Boyd, Dennis Cain, Ron Trumbla, and Ben Weiger 2005 — John S. Jensenius, Jr. 2004 — Warning Preparedness Meteorologists at the Prairie Storm Prediction Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (Jay Anderson, Bob Cormier, Dan Kulak, John Parker, Dennis Dudley and Brian Paruk) 2003 — Brian Olson 2002 — Lori Painter 2001 — Tina Adams 2000 — WPBF-TV 25 The Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness 1999 — William Roeder 1998 — Robert G. Goldhammer John B. McLaughlin 1997 — Gary Woodall Jud Ladd Suzanne Nichols 1996 — Don Thompson Susan Murphy 1995 — Nathan B. McCollum 1994 — Barbara McNaught Watson 1993 — Michelle Leigh Budenstein 1992 — Michael E. Whitehead 1991 — Christopher Ratley 1990 — James P. Kramper 1989 — Ernest L. McIntyre Robert J. Schmidli 1988 — Mary Love Bigony John Feldt
This award is presented to an NWA member who as a Radio and/or TV weathercaster, or other member of the media has significantly contributed to the development and presentation of weather information to the public. Award winners are:
2015 — Lisa Spencer 2014 — Mike Bettes 2013 — Brian Lapis 2012 — James Spann 2011 — Ted Schmidt 2010 — Mike Nelson 2009 — Bryan Karrick 2008 — David Freeman 2007 — Chuck Lofton 2006 — Kevin Janison 2005 — Rich Apuzzo 2004 — Rob Guarino 2003 — John Toohey-Morales 2002 — Lori Pinson 2001 — Jay Trobec 2000 — Greg A. Padgett 1999 — Sandra D. Thomson 1998 — John B. McLaughlin 1997 — Susan M. Palka 1996 — Elliot Abrams 1995 — Jim W. Spencer 1994 — Chris Wright 1993 — Mike Lyons 1992 — Dave Freeman 1991 — Steve Devine Paul Joseph 1990 — Rob Fowler 1989 — Erik Salna 1988 — Troy Kimmell Ron Young Kirk Melhuish
MEDIA AWARD: Combined with Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1996. Award winners are:
1995 — Gary Woodall 1994 — KGAN-TV 1993 — KICD-AM/FM Radio 1992 — KTPX-TV 1991 — Edward Gross 1990 — WCBD-TV WSB-Radio 1989 — KBMT-TV 1988 — Tom Stephens Kerry Teverbaugh Edward St. Pe
This award is presented to an individual or a group for recognition of unique events or extraordinary accomplishments which significantly contributed to operational meteorology. Award winners are:
2015 — The Hazardous Weather Testbed – The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, Weather Forecast Office Oklahoma City/Norman, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) 2014 — NWS Southern Region SWAN Team Members Alex Gibbs, Doug Gaer, Pablo Santos, and Tony Freeman. 2013 — Oklahoma Mesonet 2012 — Members of the NOAA/NWS Forecast Offices at: Jackson, MS; Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL and Memphis, TN 2011 — NOAA/NWS Ohio River Forecast Center, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Water Management Division and The Ohio River Community Modeling Team (Wilmington, Ohio) 2010 — Keith Stellman 2009 — John Brent Wachter 2008 — National Weather Service Forecast Office, Lubbock, Texas and West Texas Mesonet at Texas Tech University 2007 — NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Lake Charles, Louisiana 2006 — Applied Meteorology Unit, Kennedy Space Center, Florida (Francis J. Merceret, Mark M. Wheeler, Winifred C. Lambert, Jonathan L. Case, David A. Short, and William H. Bauman III) 2005 — The Staff of the National Weather Service Forecast Office, Melbourne, Florida 2004 — Members of the NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Midland, Texas (Ray Fagen, Doug Cain, Jack Ciccone, Brian Curran, Jeffrey Cupo, James DeBerry, Eric Platt, Patrick Vesper, Thomas Lindley, Cody Lindsey, Alexander Lyster, Greg Murcoch, Seth Nagle, and Gregory Jackson) 2003 — NEXRAD Archive Recovery Project Team comprised of personnel from NWS/Warning Decision Training Branch, NWS/Radar Operations Center and Team RS Information Systems 2002 — Iowa Environmental Mesonet at Iowa State University, KCCI-TV and NWS Forecast Office, Des Moines, Iowa 2001 — The NWS Radar Web Display Project Team of Susan Beckwith, Jack Bushong, Dennis Cain, Jeff Cotterman, Jay R. del Cano, Allan Darling, Roland Devoe, Mary Desjardins, John Feldt, William Gery, Thomas H. Grayson, David Kitzmiller, Janet Miller, Robin Miller, Larry Mooney, Frederick R. Mosher, William P. Murray, Thomas Piper, David Ruth, Joe Sullivan, Fortune Vilcko, Ken Waters, Peter Weiss, and David Zaff 2000 — Norman W. "Wes" Junker 1999 — The Staff of the NWS Office, Tiyan, Guam 1998 — Paul J. Hebert
SPECIAL AWARD: This award is presented to an individual or a group for recognition of unique events or extraordinary accomplishments which significantly contributed to operational meteorology. It was named in honor of Larry R. Johnson in 1998. Award winners are:
1997 — NOAA System Acquisition Office and NEXRAD Joint System Program Office, Silver Spring, Maryland 1996 — Dr. James F. W. Purdom 1995 — LeRoy E. Spayd 1994 — John B. Lovegrove 1993 — NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Birmingham, Alabama 1992 — NOAA/NWS Forecast Office, Norman, Oklahoma 1991 — USAF, 1690th Weather Group, Air Weather Service
2015 — Troy Nicolini 2013 — Jane Cage 2012 — Patrick Market Bill Read 2009 — Dr. Joseph Schaefer 2007 — J. Kevin Lavin — NWA Executive Director Emeritus
2013 — Charles A. Doswell III 2012 — Lance F. Bosart, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY 2011 — John (Jack) Hales Josh Korotky 2010 — Leslie (Les) Lemon, Basic Commerce & Industries, CIMMS, and L.R. Lemon Meteorological Services Independence, Missouri 2007 — Dr. C. Donald Ahrens, Modesto College, California 2006 — David B. Gilhousen, retired from NOAA/National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi Dr. Roderick A. Scofield (posthumously); NOAA/NESDIS Satellite Meteorologist, Camp Springs, Maryland (NWA President 2000) Dr. James T. Moore (posthumously), Professor, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri (NWA President 1999) 2004 — Dr. Gandikota V. Rao (posthumously), Professor, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri 2002 — Vernon F. Dvorak, retired from NOAA/NESDIS and now resides in Ojai, CA
2012 — John Ferree, NOAA/NWS/OCWWS, Norman, OK; Matthew Bunkers, Chair, NWA Publications Committee, NOAA/NWS, Rapid City, SD and Katie Crandall, Laurel McCoy, and Mike Madden, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 2007 — NOAA/National Weather Service Incident Meteorologists (IMETS) 2006 — Robert O. Baron, President and Founder of Baron Services, Inc. 2003 — Developers of the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN)
1979 — National Weather Service Office, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for service during Three-Mile Island Incident
1979 — Jerrold A. LaRue, Founder and Executive Director, NWA
2009 — Cynthia A. Nelson, outstanding service 2004–2009 as 1st NWA Assistant Executive Director, Lakeville, NY 1996 — Henry "Hank" W. Brandli, Satellite Meteorologist, Melbourne, Florida
Jerrold A. LaRue, Anthony T. Tancreto, and Joseph R. Vazzo Sol Hirsch Cynthia A. Nelson Stephen W. Harned, J. Kevin Lavin Kenneth C. Crawford
2001 — Stephen W. Harned and all members of the NWS Forecast Office, Raleigh, North Carolina In grateful appreciation for their time and talents in planning and organizing all the activities associated with the NWA 25th anniversary celebration — Kent Ehrhardt, Jay Prater, and Dave Freeman, Chairman of the Broadcast Meteorology Committee For their dedication leadership in markedly improving the credibility of the NWA Seal of Approval Program and for their exemplary commitment to quality weather broadcasting 2000 — Jerrold A. LaRue In Grateful Appreciation for founding this all inclusive member, operationally-oriented organization and establishing solid objectives. — Sol Hirsch The Top Member of the Year for the organization's first 25 years — Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Presented to the Family of the Late Dr. T. Theodore Fujita in grateful appreciation for his being The top research achievement award winner in the organization — Norman W. Junker, Philip A. Poole, Cadesman Pope, Jr., and the late James W. Clarke The top operational achievement award winnners for the organization's first 25 years — Dr. Elbert W. "Joe" Friday, Jr. In grateful appreciation to a charter member continually providing outstanding contributions to the organization and leading an unparalleled modernization of the U.S. National Weather Service
Special Achievement Award 2015 — Betsy Kling In recognition of over a decade of service organizing and operating the NWA Scholarship Golf Outing and Raffle to raise funds for NWA Scholarship. Her time and talent are greatly appreciated. 2015 — Jeffrey S. Tongue and Eleanor Vallier-Talbot To recognize their years of dedication administering the NWA Scholarship and Grant Program to further meteorology and related science education through scholarships for students and grants for educators.