September-October 1997 Newsletter


National Weather Association
No. 97-9,10                                                                     September-October 1997

Table of Contents

President's Message
Sec. Daley's remarks at NWS Press Conference
NWSFO Raleigh receives NOAA unit citation
In Memoriam: Russell L. DeSouza
Meetings of Interest
Cape Canaveral Weather History
AWS redesignated Air Force Weather Agency
New NMOC Commanding Officer
AccuWeather purchases WeatherPage
Job Corner
NWA Publications



"Operational meteorologists providing value-added products and services to a diverse customer base."

Broadcast meteorologists recently made the national news, as 110 broadcasters were invited to the White House for a series of briefings on global climate change. Our association was well represented by Jay Prater, Kent Ehrhardt and Sue Palka, among others. For first hand feedback, I invite you to call Jay, Kent, Sue or your local broadcast meteorologist. Ask them if they agree with White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry's statement that the weathercasters "appreciated being treated as something other than airheads."

Our Broadcast Seal committee has been very busy. For 1997, we have over 30 new recipients of the NWA Seal of Approval. We owe a HUGE thanks to Brad Sussman and the following NWA members for their diligence and professionalism in reviewing application packages, exams and tapes: Paul Croft, Sandy Thomson; Dave Sweeney; Karen Maginnis; Dick Elder; Dan Threlkeld; Alan Sealls; Carey Coleman; Bob Farrell; and Jack Church. Please thank them in person when you get a chance.

On the evening of 8 September, Kevin Lavin, Joe Schaefer (President Elect), Steve Zubrick (Secretary), Eli Jacks (Treasurer) and I met with Brigadier General (USAF, Retired) Jack Kelly to discuss his NOAA resource requirement review. Jim Moore, our Vice President, could not make the meeting, but provided an excellent description of his scientific training concerns we shared with Gen Kelly. During our meeting, Gen Kelly described the ground rules of his review provided by the NOAA Administrator and the process he was following to meet his completion deadline. We shared all the concerns you provided us (stress operational meteorology needs for data and improved warnings, and training to fully utilize the modernization technologies) and considered the meeting quite successful.

By the time you receive this newsletter, our annual meeting in Reno will be history. As you saw in last month's newsletter, John Jannuzzi and Rusty Billingsley put together a powerful program describing success stories from every part of our association. I hope you were able to participate! General Kelly planned to provide the keynote address on his review, but the timing of its release was delayed. Near the end of the meeting we received the press release and were able to read it to attendees. The Secretary of Commerce's remarks are printed below.

This year has sped by for me. In late November you'll receive the ballot for 1998 officers & councilors. Joe Schaefer headed the Nominating Committee and has prepared an extremely capable slate of candidates. Thanks so much to those of you who indicated a willingness to run and serve. If you are not on the ballot, but still want to be more involved in NWA activities and don't know where to start, look no further. Check the Home Page ( for a description of our committee activities and contact the committee chairpersons.

This has been an exciting year for operational meteorologists, with the overwhelming interest in global climate change and El Niño. Take every opportunity you can to describe the "state of the science" of these phenomena to interested audiences. You provide a tremendous service to our customers‐thank you for that service. Happy Thanksgiving!
‐ Tom Adang



The budget realities of the day demand that all of us in government be held to the highest possible standard of managerial competence. The taxpayers demand nothing less than the delivery of effective services at the lowest possible cost.

For an agency like the National Weather Service‐whose work can be a matter of life and death for American families and communities, whose forecasts are essential to economic growth‐sound management must be a top priority.

When I became Secretary of Commerce, I pledged that cost-effective management of the entire department would be at the top of my agenda. I made a commitment to accountability and productivity‐managing resources in a way that gives the American people the highest return on their investment. Strong management demands an aggressive, hands-on approach‐identifying problems and moving quickly to solve them. That's what I've sought to do here.

Last June, in response to inconsistent and unreliable information I was receiving about modernization and restructuring at the National Weather service, I announced a series of actions. I asked General Jack Kelly to conduct a detailed evaluation of the National Weather Service budget and operations, and I delayed the closing of the Southern Regional Headquarters until that evaluation was completed.

As a former director of the U.S. Air Force weather service with more than thirty years experience in this field, General Kelly was uniquely qualified to lead this review.

Thank you, General Kelly, for all the hard work you've put into this effort. General Kelly has provided a thorough and rigorous analysis of the problems at the National Weather Service. After reviewing his report, I have decided to take the following actions:

  • I will direct the National Weather Service to implement a series of management reforms designed to improve services and reduce costs. We are currently in the final stages of recruiting a new director for the weather service, for whom these reforms will be the highest priority.
  • I will terminate plans to close the Southern Regional Headquarters. The four regional offices in the continental United States will all be retained, but at reduced staff levels. Of course, as our field modernization and restructuring program approaches completion, we will continue to look at functions that support the field offices, including the regional offices, to ensure they effectively complement the new field operation.
  • I will seek the support of Congress to fund the National Weather Service at the levels recommended by General Kelly for FY 1998 within the allocation for NOAA.
  • And, I will create a new position within the National Weather Service of Chief Financial Officer. That person will be responsible for executing much-needed management and budget reforms.

We at the Commerce Department remain committed to the modernization of the National Weather Service. By the time modernization is complete, we will have invested 4.5 billion dollars in new technology and in our employees. We need to give the American people the confidence that this money is well spent.

Let me emphasize one thing, which has been confirmed by General Kelly's report: The Weather Service staff in the field are hardworking professionals, who dedicate themselves every day to public health and safety and to supporting American industry. The problems that this report has uncovered are in the headquarters, and that is where we will address them.

Again, let me thank General Kelly for all he's done. I believe his recommendations offer us a solid roadmap for the future.

Looking toward the future, I am confident that the National Weather Service will remain the best of its kind in the world‐state-of-the-art, more accurate and reliable than ever before, protecting life and property, and helping us meet the economic challenges of the 21st century.

(The complete Kelly Report is available through the Internet from:


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A NOAA unit citation was awarded to the NWS Forecast Office (NWSFO), Raleigh, North Carolina, in recognition of outstanding applied research activities which led to significant operational improvements. The award was presented to the NWSFO staff by Mr. John Forsing, director of the NWS Eastern Region, on 23 September at the Raleigh NWS Forecast Office on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU).

Over the years, one of the country's strongest collaborative research relationships between a NOAA NWSFO and a university has grown and matured in Raleigh. Years of aggressive applied research activities conducted by the Raleigh NWSFO and the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences of NCSU have led to this successful relationship. Success is defined by the degree of improvement noted in the basic warning and forecast programs of the NWSFO. In this case, the severe local storm and winter storm warning programs of NWSFO Raleigh rank among the best in the entire NWS.

The list of accomplishments by the staff of NWSFO Raleigh is most impressive. Fifteen current or former staff members have been major participants in the collaborative activities, 18 new or improved forecasting tools have been introduced into office operations, 35 presentations have been given at NWA or AMS professional meetings, and 18 AMS publication articles have been co-authored by NWSFO Raleigh ‐ NCSU collaborators. In addition, the NWSFO Raleigh and NCSU staffs worked together to host the very first AMS sponsored regional workshop for operational forecasters (November 1995), and the 1993 NWA Annual Meeting. The office has also been a major participant in the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET), a NOAA/NWS supported University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) program. One of COMET's goals is to improve operational meteorological procedures through strong interactions between the NWS and universities with atmospheric science programs.

In 1991, NWSFO Raleigh and NCSU undertook one of the very first COMET cooperative projects ever approved and have completed several COMET sponsored projects since then. The office was the lead NOAA/NWS office participating in the four-year Southeast Consortium on Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes. The consortium, which consisted of North Carolina State University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville, investigated methods to improve the prediction of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the southeastern part of the country. The outstanding tornado warning success of 27 October 1995 was a direct result of better understandings of tornadoes in the southeast which resulted from work with the consortium. In this case, several strong tornadoes tore through Vance County, NC (about 40 miles north of Raleigh). The potential for strong tornadoes was conveyed to the public by the Raleigh NWSFO beginning a full day before the tornadoes struck. Tornado warnings were in effect for all of the tornadoes and the warnings had an average lead time of approximately 20 minutes. Although significant damage occurred, there were no injuries or fatalities.

Of special note is the success of joint severe weather operations between the NWSFO Raleigh and selected NCSU faculty and graduate students where the faculty and students actually participate in the NWSFO severe weather warning operations. These joint operational experiences have done much to foster productive relationships between researchers and operational forecasters, while providing the academic community with a very valuable operational perspective of meteorology. The applied research collaborative activities between NWSFO Raleigh and NCSU has certainly benefited the citizens of North Carolina by reducing the time needed to transfer new forecasting techniques developed in the research arena to the operational desk from as much as 10 years to as little as 2 years. This has brought better warnings and forecasts to the taxpayers of North Carolina much earlier than would otherwise have been the case. It is most noteworthy that much of the staff's efforts and energies supporting this program were in addition to what is normally required of NWS field personnel and that a very large percentage of the NWSFO staff has been involved in the collaboration.



Russell L. DeSouza (1943-1997). On 6 June 1997, Russell L. DeSouza lost a four-year fight with malignant melanoma, and the meteorological profession lost an extraordinarily loved and respected member. He had retired in May as a professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. His teaching career began there in 1973.

He was attracted to a career in the atmospheric sciences by his experience of living through Hurricane Carol in 1954 in New England. He earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from The Florida State University. While a graduate student, Dr. DeSouza served for three summers as a research meteorologist at the National Hurricane Research Laboratory and for one summer at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tallahassee. After graduation he worked briefly as a consultant in air pollution for the Florida Department of Transportation and as an instructor in meteorology and astronomy at Tallahassee Community College. Dr. DeSouza made enormous contributions to the meteorology program at Millersville and to many UCAR Unidata and Academic Affiliates Program initiatives. He actively supported professional associations such as the NWA and AMS. He was also a great confidant for his colleagues and his students‐always available to listen and offer his insights.

The quality that most endured Dr. DeSouza to a wide audience of admirers was his ability to maintain a positive attitude. As Dr. Joseph Caputo, President of Millersville University, stated, "Russ was always positive in his approach to things, even when things weren't good. It was impossible to be annoyed with Russ. I don't think I have ever known anyone else quite like him." The positive attitude was never more evident than in his long battle with cancer. He remained hopeful and we never heard him complain about his situation. Russ was the consummate teacher, and he taught us through his illness that even in the darkest hour much good can come. For example, he talked openly about his disease so as to educate others about the dangers of skin cancer. He also became involved in fund raising activities for the American Cancer Society, serving as the Honorary Chairman of the 1997 American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Lancaster.

Russ is survived by his wife of thirty years, Sandra C. Masse DeSouza, his father and two sisters. He was laid to rest in Little Compton, RI. The Meteorology Endowment Fund has been established in his honor at Millersville University.

(Extracted from a necrology submitted by Dr. Robert S. Ross, Prof. Of Meteorology, Millersville Univ.)



PACIFIC NORTHWEST WEATHER WORKSHOP will be held at the NOAA Western Regional Center campus at Sand Point in Seattle WA, 20-21 February 1998. This annual conference, sponsored by the National Weather Service, the University of Washington, and the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, reviews major West Coast weather events of the past year, recent developments in weather forecasting and observational technologies, and other topics dealing with the meteorology of the region. This year's major theme will be the marine meteorology of the eastern Pacific including targeted observations over the ocean, the interaction of Pacific weather systems with coastal terrain, real-time high resolution numerical weather prediction over the coastal zone, advances in satellite-based observations over the ocean, and marine forecasting techniques. Abstracts (including title, authors, and a short description of the presentation) should be sent to the organizers by 1 December 1997. For further information on registration or presentations, contact Clifford Mass, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Box 351640, University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195 (206-685-0190; or Brad Colman/Chris Hill, NWS Forecast Office, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115 (206-526-6095x224/222; colman@seawfo.,

23rd ANNUAL NORTHEASTERN STORM CONFERENCE will be held 6-8 March 1998 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Saratoga Springs NY. As usual, a wide variety of papers are expected to be presented from undergraduate and graduate level students and from operational and research meteorologists. Added Bonus: Back by popular demand will be a Panel Discussion on careers in Meteorology. The Lyndon State College local AMS/NWA Chapter invite all to attend and participate. Abstracts or descriptions of presentations would be appreciated by 7 January 1998. These can be sent to: Gerry Bielinski, President of the LSC-AMS/NWA, Lyndon State College, Box 7522, Lyndonville VT 05851 or to Jamie Casto, Conference Co-Chair at Box 8474. Their e-mail address is: Additional information on registration, accommodations and presentation submissions can be obtained from Gerry at (802) 626-6599 or Jamie at (802) 626-6563. Fax is available at (802) 626-9770 ATTN: LSC-AMS/NWA. Information is also available on the Internet at:

CENTRAL IOWA NWA CHAPTER SEVERE STORMS AND DOPPLER RADAR CONFERENCE will be held 3-5 April 1998 in Des Moines IA. More than 200 are expected to attend this second annual gathering! The event will begin at noon on Friday the 3rd and end at noon on Sunday the 5th. Friday evening will be the storm chase video get-together. Please help spread the word on this outstanding event to others in the meteorological community. In the tradition of the NWA, registration rates have been kept extremely low and special student rates are available. We are inviting presentations and posters on all aspects of severe weather, with special emphasis on improving communication, coordination and cooperation between the National Weather Service, the Media, storm spotters and emergency management officials. One paragraph abstracts or presentation descriptions should be e-mailed to: John McLaughlin, Central Iowa NWA Chapter at Additional conference details will be posted at: Registration before 1 January 1998 is $75.00 ($85.00 after 1 January), $50 for students, and $250 for vendors (includes 10 minute presentation). Registration should be mailed to: Central Iowa NWA PO Box 7512 Urbandale, IA 50322. Hotel information: Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport, Room rate is $65.00. Reservation Line: 1-800-248-4013. Free airport shuttle available.

AIR WEATHER ASSOCIATION REUNION. The next reunion of the Air Weather Association (AWA) will be held 24-28 June 1998 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The headquarters hotel will be the HENRY VIII HOTEL, 4690 North Lindbergh, Saint Louis, Missouri 63044; 1-800-325-1588. A 3-day tour to Branson, Missouri AFTER the AWA reunion has also been arranged for interested members. Only AWA members, spouses and guests can attend the reunion. For membership information, contact AWA Sec/Treas, Clifford D. Kern, 1879 Cole Road, Aromas, CA 95004-9681;; or download an application from the AWA home page: Membership is open to all current and past members of USAAF/USAF/ USAFR/ANG Weather units including reconnaissance and training units, and surviving spouses. There is no annual dues; the Lifetime membership cost ($9) is unique and the rewards are great.



The US Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron (Patrick AFB ‐ Cape Canaveral ‐ Kennedy Space Center Florida weather support) needs your help in compiling a history of weather support to the space program. If you were ever involved in Launch Weather Support, from the 1940s to the 1990s, they want your narrative history, your stories, your anecdotes, your gossip, copies of your photos, patches, or anything else you think might be useful to create a living history. The 45th Weather Squadron project officer is Captain Mike Hinson. You can reach him at 45 WS/SY, 1201 Minuteman Street, Patrick AFB, FL 32925-3238; DSN 854-7426; Commercial phone: (407) 494-7426; or e-mail:

Recent organizational and leadership changes in Air Force Weather and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command‐and a Naval Postgraduate School connection.



On 15 October 1997, Brigadier General Fred P. Lewis, Air Force Director of Weather, presided over a ceremony at Offutt AFB, Nebraska redesignating Air Weather Service (AWS) as the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA). It will carry all of the 60 years of heritage from 1 July 1937 when the War Department transferred the responsibility for providing Army Air Corps weather services from the Signal Corps to a small group designated as the Army Air Corps Weather Service. The AFWA combines AWS and Air Force Global Weather Center (AFGWC) into a single, operations-focused, AF Field Operating Agency. Col. John L. Hayes, AFGWC Commander, assumed command of the Air Weather Service on 12 September upon the retirement of Colonel Joe Dushan, and now is the First Commander of the newly designated Air Force Weather Agency.

Colonel Jack Hayes, a native of Toledo, Ohio, was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Bowling Green State University. In August 1970, he entered active duty as a meteorology student at the University of Oklahoma. He then served in several key staff and command positions, including staff weather officer supporting the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.; staff weather officer for the 376th Strategic and 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wings and as the Officer in Charge of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program site, Kadena AB, Japan; Chief of Numerical Weather Forecasting and Operations Staff Officer, Air Force Global Weather Central, Offutt AFB, Neb.; staff meteorologist for a classified program, Under Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Space Systems, Pentagon; Director of Aerospace Technology Development and Director of Planning, Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Weather Detachment Commander and Director of Staff Meteorology for the Western Space and Missile Center, Vandenburg AFB, Cal.; Director of Staff Meteorology, Aeronautical Systems Division, and Chief of the Weather Division, HQ AFMC, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Vice Commander Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, Ill., and from May 1995 to the present as Commander, Air Force Global Weather Center, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Jack Hayes earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in meteorology from the US Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Cal., in 1977 and 1985, respectively. He is presently a Councilor of the NWA.



CAPT Kenneth E. Barbor assumed command of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) at Stennis Space Center MS, on 23 October and was promoted to Rear Admiral on 31 October. He relieved Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II who will assume full-time duties of Chief of Naval Research, a post he has held along with the NMOC command for the past year. RADM Gaffney has been commander at NMOC since 1994.

RADM Barbor was commanding officer at the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Norfolk VA since 1995. He grew up in Paducah KY and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 with a degree in meteorology and oceanography and received a Navy commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. His first duty assignments were aboard ships in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. He was then transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a masters degree in meteorology and oceanography in 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he taught oceanography, acoustics and anti-submarine warfare tactics at the Fleet ASW Training Center, Atlantic. He also implemented a Mobile Training Team for ASW Oceanography. He later served supporting operations as an Officer in Charge of a Naval Oceanography Command Detachment and Commander of a Naval Oceanography Command Facility. As the Commanding Officer of Oceanographic Unit FIVE embarked in USNS Harkness, he conducted hydrographic survey operations off Somalia, Oman and Diego Garcia. He next served as Fleet Oceanographer for Commander SEVENTH Fleet. On the staff of the Oceanographer of the Navy from 1988-91, he was Head, Tactical Oceanography Branch. He first served in NMOC headquarters as Assistant Chief of Staff for Program Integration and subsequently Assistant Chief of Staff for Resources.

(Best wishes to Colonel Hayes and Rear Admiral Barbor in their new command positions.)


AccuWeather Purchases WeatherPage

AccuWeather, Inc., announced in mid-September that it purchased the WeatherPage® business from Widespread Weather Services, Inc. Both private-sector companies are NWA corporate members. As part of the arrangement, Widespread Weather Services founder and President Gregg Potter will be working with AccuWeather as Product Manager to provide additional enhancements to this service. The WeatherPage service is customized and pinpointed to provide each subscriber with the exact information for the specific area of interest to them. Available to clients with alphanumeric pagers are warnings and forecasts from the National Weather Service and those made by AccuWeather meteorologists.



(Ed: The NWA lists job openings free from equal opportunity employers for the benefit of members. See or call the NWA office at (334) 213-0388 for possible short notice listings.)

THE WEATHER CHANNEL© The Meteorology Department of The Weather Channel© is seeking outstanding candidates for possible openings in early 1998. Proficiency in weather analysis and forecasting is a necessity. Optimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology or equivalent educational background plus at least 4 years full-time operational experience, or a Master's degree plus at least two years operational forecasting experience. Other necessary attributes include strong communication skills, nationwide forecasting experience, and basic computer skills in a Windows environment. Experience with graphic visualization of atmospheric fields is a plus. Working well in a team environment, attentiveness to detail, flexibility, and the ability to focus on customer needs are essential. Weekend, night and/or early morning work may be required to help support our 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation. Applicants should mail a cover letter and detailed resume by 15 December 1997 to Kathy Strebe, Meteorology Manager, The Weather Channel©, 300 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339. No calls please. EOE.

AEROMET, INC. has openings for a meteorologist/weather forecaster at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) test range in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). These positions involve operational weather forecasting and observing. Meteorologists on Kwajalein work in a state-of-the-art forecasting center with full access to McIDAS workstations, a Doppler weather radar, and lightning location equipment. In addition, the meteorologists run mesoscale and cloud scale numerical weather prediction models for the atoll region on a network of Silicon Graphics workstations residing within the weather station. Candidates must have a BS or MS in meteorology, and should have at least 2 years of forecasting experience. Tropical forecasting experience is preferred but not required. Strong briefing and report writing skills are required. Ability to program in FORTRAN and C is desired. Familiarity with UNIX and SGI computer systems is desired. U.S. or RMI citizenship is required. Must be able to work shifts and live harmoniously in a military environment, in a remote location, and without immediate access to special or frequent medical or dental services. Accompanied housing is available. USAKA is a major Department of Defense facility that is home to more than 3,000 employees and dependents. Many USAKA services are free and include a wide range of recreational facilities. The installation is equipped with a hospital, library, stores, theaters, schools and all the amenities available in a small U.S. city. Since working at Kwajalein is considered overseas employment by the IRS, those employed there receive significant tax advantages. Aeromet offers a smoke-free and drug-free environment. More information can be found concerning this position on Aeromet's web site at Send resumes, transcripts, three professional references and salary requirements to: Aeromet, Inc., P.O. Box 701767, Tulsa, OK 74170-1767 or Fax them to (918) 299-8211. E-mail inquiries may be sent to EOE m/f/v/d.

ALDEN ELECTRONICS, INC., a worldwide leader in weather information systems and services for more than 50 years, is seeking a highly-motivated and experienced sales person. If you are an ambitious sales visionary and are able to generate business-to-business sales, you will thrive in our challenging environment. We currently have an opportunity for an Account Representative in our office in Westborough, MA. The ideal candidate will have a 4-year degree and a minimum of 5 years successful outside sales experience. To qualify, you must possess excellent sales skills, outstanding oral and written communication abilities, highly-developed interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Direct experience and understanding of weather information and systems preferred. Some travel required. Must have successful track record in targeting and penetrating core accounts and be capable of cultivating and managing long-term business contacts. Most of all, the successful candidate must have burning desire to succeed. If you meet these expectations and answered yes to the question posed at the start of this ad, then you need to talk to us. Alden Electronics offers a competitive compensation/benefits package, plus exceptional opportunities for professional growth. Please forward resume and cover letter with recent earnings history, in confidence, to: Human Resources, Alden Electronics, Inc., 40 Washington Street, PO Box 500, Westborough, MA 01581-0500; Fax: (508) 898-2427; e-mail: No phone calls please. EOE/AA.

COMPUTER SCIENCES RAYTHEON (CSR). Immediate openings at Cape Canaveral, Florida for meteorologists to support the nation's space and missile launch programs. Requires BA/BS in Meteorology, Computer Science, Math or Physics plus 0-4 year related experience or equivalent, an in-depth knowledge of surface and upper air weather observations procedures and familiarity with both in-situ and remote upper air sensing systems and data reduction techniques. Will have the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment on the most densely instrumented operational meteorological network in the world. Responsible for modifications and upgrades to meteorological equipment/systems and systems configuration control. Will also be responsible for maintenance of operational database parameters, restoration to operations, user access, backup/recovery and software initialization using VMS, DOS and UNIX platforms and both C and FORTRAN languages. Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to establish effective working relations. Please mail or fax resume to CSR Human Resources, P.O. Box 4127-CSR1110, Patrick AFB, FL 32925; fax (407) 494-6540. For questions call (407) 494-5272. EOE.

WEATHERNEWS INC. is the world's largest private Weather Services company. We are seeking an exceptional person eager to join us as we provide new products and services for our worldwide customer base. We currently have an opportunity for a Meteorological Instrumentation Sales Representative for our Weather Network division. The following skills and/or experience are what will set the successful candidate apart from others: three or more years of sales related experience; experience working in the meteorological instrumentation field or related industry; required traveling both domestically and internationally; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form; ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively on a daily basis; and a willingness to work extra hours when necessary. Weathernews, an EOE, offers a competitive salary and benefits package. If interested, please send your resume along with a cover letter stating salary history/requirement and reference Job Code #169 to: WEATHERNEWS INC., Human Resources Department, 333 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Sunnyvale CA 9408; Fax (408) 731-2306; e-mail:

STRATEGIC WEATHER SERVICES (SWS) Opportunities for challenging careers in operational meteorology in Palm Springs, California with one of America's oldest weather forecasting companies, with offices in Palm Springs, California; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; and Omaha, Nebraska. At least five (5) years of practical experience required in Synoptic Meteorology or Weather Forecasting. Computer knowledge required. One of the new positions will emphasize forecasting for European clients and thus experience in that area will be heavily considered. Office hours in Palm Springs are generally 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday with no shift work involved. A great work environment and many company benefits. Please fax resume to (760) 325-9678 or call Bill Young at (760) 325-9677;

ACCU WEATHER, INC., offers career opportunities with the world's leading and most diversified commercial weather service. You will have exciting opportunities to handle all types of weather forecasting for major business, media and government organizations. These include on-air broad-casting for radio stations; creative presentation of weather graphics; preparation of television and newspaper forecasts; snow and ice warning services; worldwide forecasting for agriculture; specialized forecasts for the transportation industry, utilities, businesses and resorts; computer applications; and many others. You will work with some of the nation's leading forecast meteorologists in one of the world's largest forecast centers, interacting with a staff of 300 employees. Our state-of-the-art facility provides our 85 forecast meteorologists with tools and computer technology unavailable elsewhere. Applicants need to be articulate and productive with outstanding forecasting and communication skills. Through progressive advancement, forecasters can become on-air meteorologists in major radio markets, or become involved in computer operations, graphic design, new product development or customer relations. AccuWeather also has positions available on our computer staff for meteorologists with programming experience. AccuWeather offers competitive salaries and an extensive benefits package including health insurance, 401K and profit sharing plans, life insurance and disability income. If you are an enthusiastic, hard working forecaster interested in employment in a dynamic growing company which offers superior opportunity for advancement, send a detailed resume to David H. Dombek, Director of Forecaster Hiring, AccuWeather, Inc., 619 W. College Ave., State College PA 16801; FAX: (814) 231-0621;

WEATHER SERVICES CORPORATION (WSC) is one of the country's oldest and largest commercial operational meteorological services. Since 1948, it has been providing industry, government and the media with accurate, customized, worldwide weather information. The wide variety of WSC clients are located across the US, around the world and throughout cyberspace. A staff of nearly 100 professionals is supervised by AMS Certified Consulting Meteorologists. WSC is located in a new, state-of-the-art, 24-hour per day, Global Operations Center in Lexington, Massachusetts‐on Boston's route 128 Technology Highway. The most important resource of WSC is their employees. Each is provided with the finest tools and the opportunity to excel in a stimulating, fast-paced, professional environment. In addition to a competitive compensation and benefits package, WSC employees can participate in the growth and success of the company through a stock ownership plan. Recent and planned growth of WSC presents opportunities for both entry-level and experienced Operational Meteorologists; Graphic Artists with PC experience - multi-lingual capabilities are a plus; Radio Broadcasters; Journalists and Producers; Systems Analysts with C in VMS and UNIX environments; Data and Telecommunications Technicians; Telemarketers; and Sales Account Executives. To apply, please send resume to: Human Resources - N895, Weather Services Corporation, 420 Bedford Street, Lexington MA 02173; FAX: (617) 676-1001; e-mail:

WEATHERDATA, INCORPORATED is interested in hiring energetic, knowledgeable meteorologists who have operational forecasting as well as radar interpretation experience for Forecast/Storm Warning Meteorologist positions. This opportunity to apply your skills involves mesoscale severe storm warnings and short and long range forecasting for a diversified client base across the US. We are looking for dedicated meteorologists with excellent written and oral communication skills to become part of our dynamic, growing company. If you love weather and want to work with clients that take your work seriously, this is the opportunity for you. This position requires a bachelor's degree in meteorology or the equivalent, and at least one year of professional forecasting and radar experience. Doppler radar interpretation preferred. At WeatherData, Incorporated, meteorologists use state-of-the-art equipment to make mesoscale forecasts. Real-time analysis of GOES satellite imagery, lightning data, surface observations, wind profiler data, Mesonet data and Doppler radar data from every NEXRAD site in the country occurs every day. WeatherData offers excellent salaries, benefits, profit sharing and moving expense allowance. We also provide our associates with many opportunities for advancement and professional growth. If you are up to the challenge of forecasting and communicating weather to our clients, and would like to join our team, send a cover letter and resume to: WeatherData, Incorporated, Attn: Sharol Youngers, Manager of Business Administration, 245 N. Waco St., Suite 310, Wichita, Kansas 67202.

Assistant Professor of Meteorology at UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO. The Department of Earth Sciences ( seeks an individual with a Ph.D. in meteorology or atmospheric science with a strong observational meteorology background and experience using Internet and related technologies for weather data access and dissemination. Potential for successful college-level teaching and grant-related activity, the ability to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research, and an interest in the preparation of K-12 teachers are desired. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship and service in support of the Department's undergraduate programs in meteorology, environmental earth sciences, secondary earth science teaching and general earth sciences, and Master's program in earth sciences. Teaching (9-12 equated credits per semester) will include introductory meteorology, synoptic meteorology, instruments and codes, and climatology. Additional subjects could include physical meteorology, dynamic meteorology, air pollution meteorology, air-sea interaction, radar meteorology and advanced courses in the individual's areas of expertise. Submit letter of application, vita, copies of college transcripts and three letters of reference to: Dr. William D. Nesse, Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639; (970) 351-2647; Screening begins 1 December 1997 and will continue until a candidate is selected. The starting date is 19 August 1998. This tenure-track position is contingent upon funding. UNC is an AAEO employer and is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty and staff.

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY Earth Sciences Department is searching for an Assistant Professor of Meteorology. Full-time, tenure-track, beginning in August, 1998. Teach the following courses: large-enrollment introductory courses for non-majors, introductory courses for majors, atmospheric dynamics, physical meteorology, satellite meteorology, and radar meteorology. Assume shared responsibility for the advisement of meteorology majors and participate in department/university governance. Actively engage in research. Required: Ph.D. in Meteorology or Atmospheric Science. Evidence of the following: teaching and communications skills, proficiency in the use of UNIX-based computer systems and familiarity with Unidata products (e.g., GEMPAK/GARP, McIDAS), ability to conduct research in individual's specialization. Successful interview and teaching demonstration. Preferred: Evidence of teaching experience at the university level. For full consideration, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and three current letters of reference by 1/31/98 to: Meteorology Search, Earth Sciences Department/NW1097, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551-0302. An EO/AA Institution.

MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY Earth Sciences Department is searching for an Assistant Professor of Oceanography. One-year, full-time appointment beginning August 1998 for the 1998-99 academic year, with the possibility of the position becoming a tenure-track line. A search would be required for the tenure-track position. For the one-year appointment, teach the following courses: chemical oceanography, descriptive physical oceanography, air-sea interaction (team taught with a meteorologist), the world ocean, world ocean laboratory, introduction to oceanography and laboratory sessions including weekend field trips. Serve as academic advisor to majors. Required: Ph.D. in Oceanography or ocean-related disciplines; evidence of the following: effective teaching and communication skills, ability to conduct research in individual's specialization, a background to teach all courses listed above, proficiency in the use of Windows-based computer systems, and a successful interview and teaching demonstration. Preferred: teaching experience at the University level. Full consideration given to applications received by 01/31/98. Applicants in any specialization of oceanography are encouraged to apply. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and three current letters of recommendation to: Oceanography Search/NW1197, Earth Sciences Dept., Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, Millersville, PA 17551-0302. EO/AA.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) established the Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Degree Program in 1986. Fellowships are tenable at DOE labs supporting the OBER mission. Applicants for the 1998 Postdoctoral Degree Program must submit completed applications and all supporting materials by 15 January 1998. Fellowship offers will be made in April 1998. For more information and application material, see Internet website: or contact: Hollaender Postdoctoral Fellowships, Education and Training Division, MS36, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, PO Box 117, Oak Ridge TN 37831-0117; (423) 576-9975

AMERICAN WEATHER CONCEPTS (AWC) seeks a degreed meteorologist for immediate employment to fill an entry level forecaster position. Candidates must possess a solid foundation in synoptic meteorology and climatology, and a strong computer background with respect to the Windows '95 operating system, graphics software, and the Internet. In addition, qualified candidates must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral. AWC is on the forefront of providing reliable, real-time and forecast weather information via the Internet. Rapid growth leaves AWC in need of a quality forecaster. AWC is located in Pittsburgh, PA, therefore, relocation may be required. Living in or near Pittsburgh, one can enjoy all of the amenities of a big city without many of the 'big-city' problems. If you are a hard-worker and enjoy working in a team-like atmosphere, contact AWC today. For more information, call (412) 635-0667. E-mail resumes to: or Fax resumes to: (412) 635-0668. Snail mail resumes to: Richard Leonardon, President, American Weather Concepts, 9600 Perry Highway, Suite 212, Pittsburgh PA 15237. Visit AWC on the web at EOE/AA.



Monograph 1-86, "Principles and Methods of Extended Period Forecasting in the U.S.," by Robert P. Harnack. Cost: $8.00 for NWA members; $12.00 for nonmembers.

Monograph 2-86 (Reprinted May 1993), "Satellite Imagery Interpretation for Forecasters," 3 volumes compiled and edited by Peter S. Parke. Cost: $38.00 NWA members; $51.00 for nonmembers.

Publication 1-88, "The Cloud Chart 1, 2, 3" by Mike Mogil and Sol Hirsch consists of three 12"x24" charts containing more than three dozen color photos of clouds/ accompanying text. Cost: $7.50 members; $9.50 nonmembers.

Publication 2-88, "Polar Orbiter Satellite Imagery Interpretation," a script/slide training program, written by Vincent J. Oliver and prepared by NESDIS, contains 76 slides with accompanying text. Cost: $70.00 members; $84.00 for nonmembers.

Publication 1-90, "Winds of the World - As Seen in Weather Satellite Imagery," a script/slide training program, written by Vincent J. Oliver and prepared by NESDIS, contains 79 slides with accompanying text. Cost: $70.00 members; $84.00 nonmembers.

Publication 1-91, "Satellite Imagery Indicators of Turbulence," a script/slide training program, written by Gary Ellrod and prepared by NESDIS, contains 71 slides with text. Cost: $70.00 for members; $84.00 for nonmembers.

Monograph 1-93, 2nd Edition 1997, "A Comprehensive Glossary of Weather Terms for Storm Spotters," by Michael L. Branick, NWSFO, Norman OK. A thorough reference in "layman's terms" for standardization of terms used in storm spotting, forecasting and broadcasting. Cost: $6.00 for members; $9.00 for nonmembers.

Publication 1-95, "Imaging Capabilities of the GOES I-M Satellites," a script/slide training program, written by Gary Ellrod and Jim Nelson of NOAA/NESDIS/SAL. Contains 34 slides with accompanying text. Cost: $33.00 members; $40.00 for nonmembers.

The Severe Local Storm Forecasting Primer by John S. Sturtevant, July 1995. A survey of severe local storm structure, detection and forecasting techniques. Published by Weather Scratch Meteorological Services, Florence AL. 197 pp. Special NWA price: $30.00

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