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April 6 , 2005  

WFO Miami, FL, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Lushine, "Mr. Rip Current," recently received a career appreciation award from the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs' Association (FBPCA) in recognition for his "many years of outstanding contributions to beach safety." Bob Maler, President of the FBPCA, (left) presented the award. Lushine first noticed the link between drowning deaths, rip currents, and favorable weather conditions for rip current development back in 1988, culminating in his first paper on the subject in the NWA Digest in 1991. The rip current program is now a nationwide NOAA/NWS effort.

Three NOAA agencies recently participated together in the Small Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen's Association Swap Meet at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. From left are, David Soroka, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, WFO San Francisco Bay Area; Mary Jane Schramm, Public Outreach Specialist, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries; Dayna Matthews, West Coast Enforcement Coordinator, Office for Law Enforcement, NOAA Fisheries, Lacey, WA; and, Stephen P. Freese, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Northwest Region, NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, WA.

The American Express company in Greensboro, NC, was recently recognized as the third StormReady private business in the nation, and the first in North Carolina. The Hazardous Weather Preparedness Institute (HWPI), led by Randy Jackson and Steve Marks, worked directly with American Express and NOAA's National Weather Service in developing a comprehensive severe weather safety plan to help protect employees. Pictured from left are WFO Raleigh/Durham, NC, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jeff Orrock; Randy Jackson of HWPI; Meteorologist-In-Charge Darin Figurskey; Allen Bullis of American Express Corporate Safety and Loss Control; and Steve Marks of HWPI. Photo by Tyler Cox, Corporate Communications Manager, American Express.

The Austin/San Antonio, TX Weather Forecast Office honored the National Park Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, the NWS cooperative weather observer in Johnson City, TX recently. In a ceremony at the LBJ Park Headquarters in Johnson City, an Institutional Award was presented to the National Park Service recognizing 25 years of cooperative partnership. From left: David Vela, NPS Texas State Coordinator & Superintendent, Liz Lindig, NPS Program Manager, and Joe Arellano, Meteorologist-In-Charge. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

WFO Columbia, SC forecaster, Jeff Barlow, interacts with interested visitors young and old at "Boat Show 2005" recently held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Boat dealers from across Central South Carolina and East Central Georgia participated in the 4 day event which attracted 15,000 visitors. The WFO used this opportunity to stress the importance of NOAA All Hazards Radio, severe weather safety (especially lightning, the #1 weather related killer in SC), as well as area lake wind observations and lake wind forecasts available from the NWS. Photo by Tim Hawks, WFO Columbia Senior Forecaster.

Forecaster Joe Calderone answers questions from visitors, while referencing buoy locations on the ever popular marine charts during the recent Charleston, SC, annual boat show. The newly designed backdrop, organized by Marine Focal Point, Stephanie Fauver was a joint effort among several office staff members, with printing and laminating assistance provided by the NOAA Coastal Services Center. The booth was staffed by NWS Charleston employees and Timothy Kenefick, Port Meteorological Officer in Charleston. Photo by: Forecaster Stephanie Fauver.

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