After a lengthy and distinguished career as both a During his career, Charson received seven annual meteorologist and hydrologist for the National Oce- outstanding awards and five NOAA Unit Citations. anic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Na- tional Weather Service (NWS), Gary Charson On 21 March 2001, the AMS presented a token of announced his retirement on 2 February 2001. admiration to the Indian Meteorological Society (IMS) for celebrating 125 years of the India Meteorological Charson served at four Weather Service Forecast Department at the Society's National Meeting. The Offices (WSFO), one River Forecast Center, and at the presentation took place in New Delhi, India, at the In- NWS Headquarters (NWSH) in Silver Spring, Mary- land. During his stint at the WSFO in Ann Arbor, ternational Conference on Forecasting Monsoons from Michigan (1979-90), he served as the service hydrolo- Days to Years. Representing numerous countries, 400 gist, supervising the hydrologic program at all nine scientists were in attendance, including approximately Michigan NWS offices. He was responsible for flood 25 from the United States. Jagadish Shukla (of the forecasting for all the rivers in the state and frequently Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere) received the appeared both on television and radio stations through- Walker Award of the IMS and Mukut Mathur of the out Michigan during flood events. National Centers for Environmental Prediction (re- tired) also received a meritorious research paper For the past ten years he was at the NWSH, where award. he was involved in the modernizing and restructuring of the NWS, specializing in office backup and proce- dures. He also chaired the Equal Employment Opportu- nity Advisory Committee of the NWSH for two years. Charson cited as some of his personal highlights: working 20 hours a day in 1972 during Hurricane Agnes when he was the service hydrologist respon- sible for the Delaware River Basin; working 40 con- secutive days in the fall of 1988 during an extended period of record flooding when he was the service hydrologist for Michigan; and, chairing the require- ments group at NWSH for the User Language Require- ments Document for the Local Data Acquisition and Dissemination System for the Advanced Weather In- tegrated Processing System (AWIPS). Charson received a letter of commendation for be- ing a key member of the team that developed a Com- prehensive Information Exchange and Dissemination Policy for the NWS. He participated in the develop- The photograph above shows T. N. Krishnamurti ment of the AWIPS Hydrologic Forecast System. He (right) of Florida State University presenting the wrote two chapters of Hydrometeorological Service award, on behalf of the AMS, to S. K. Srivastav, the Operations for the 1990s, wrote and edited magazine president of the IMS. In the background, from left to articles for a national engineering magazine, and right, are Peter Webster of the University of Colorado, wrote and produced a quarterly newsletter for the over Shukla, and R. R. Kelkar, current director of the In- 300 Michigan cooperative observers for 10 years. dian Weather Service. • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1213
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Published: Jun 1, 2001
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