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December 4, 2006



General Johnson Visits San Diego WFO

On November 6, General Johnson took time from his attendance at the National Safety Council Meeting in San Diego, CA, to visit the local WFO.  The General was given a tour of the office, met the staff, took questions, and stayed for lunch.  In an all-hands meeting after lunch, the General discussed the state of the 2007 and future budgets and the future of NWS support to the FAA.  In the photo, General Johnson talks with HMT Stan Wasowski, WFO San Diego, on changes coming in the weather.

Career Day Held in Lubbock, TX

WFO Lubbock Senior Forecaster Jody James and Meteorologist Intern Felecia Bowser talk to a student at the 2006 South Plains Tech Prep Career Expo at the Lubbock Civic Center on October 11.  The Lubbock forecast office was one of more than 150 exhibitors from across the region.  James, Bowser, and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Brian LaMarre discussed career opportunities in the NWS with students from 52 high schools across West Texas. More than 3,500 students attended the event to learn about the wide range of careers available to them; and, to network with exhibitors from area businesses and agencies. Participating agencies represented a variety of disciplines including: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Communications; Education; Engineering and Industrial; Business, Marketing, and Computer Technology; and, Health Services. (Photo: WFO Lubbock)

Arkansas First Lady Visits Little Rock WFO

Janet Huckabee, wife of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, paid a visit to the Weather Forecast Office in Little Rock September 21. During a tour conducted by Meteorologist-in-Charge Renee Fair and Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson, Arkansas' First Lady expressed keen interest in the forecast process, how warnings are issued, and the upper air program. With the possibility of severe weather and the likelihood of a special upper air release the following day, Mrs. Huckabee asked if she could return.  As it turned out, a special release was necessary prior to an outbreak of tornadoes and flash floods in Arkansas on the 22nd. As promised, Mrs. Huckabee returned to the office to watch the balloon go up.  In addition to her personal interest in the weather, she has a professional interest as well. Mrs. Huckabee is now the Program Manager of State Emergency Management Relations for the American Red Cross.  Pictured are Meteorologist Intern Tabitha Bray (left), Arkansas First Lady Janet Huckabee (center), and WCM John Robinson. (Photo: WFO Little Rock)

NASA Astronaut Presents Award to Spaceflight Meteorology Group

On September 26, NASA Astronaut (retired) Capt. John Young presented NWS Spaceflight Meteorology Group (SMG) Lead Forecaster Karl Silverman with a 35-year Department of Commerce "Length of Service" certificate and pin. Silverman has worked at SMG since 1994, and has worked for the NWS since 1971. He has supported 54 Shuttle missions, including nine missions as the Lead Forecaster. John Young flew on NASA Gemini and Apollo missions, walked on the moon, and was the Commander of the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. "Weather is just real challenging for NASA -- especially in Florida," said Young. "We just couldn't do this launch and landing job without great weather support from Karl and others at Spaceflight Meteorology Group." (Photo: Courtesy NASA)

WFO Omaha Supports NOAA Exhibit at NSTAConference

NOAA hosted a popular exhibit booth at the October 19-21 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional conference in Omaha, NE.  This was the first of the three fall regional conferences for NSTA.  The Omaha WFO provided support and the regional audience much appreciated their presence.  Virtually all the materials on hand were distributed to the very appreciative teachers.  In the picture are, from left to right, Brian Smith, WCM, NWS Omaha, NE; Alyssa Gundersen, NOAA Education; Dennis Cain, NWS Ft. Worth, TX; Bob Hansen; Josh Boustead, NWS Omaha, NE; and Bruce Moravchik, NOS Education.  Not pictured, but assisting were Dave Eastlack, NWS Omaha, NE, and Omaha MIC Steve Schurr.




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