Jeffre y S. Whitaker and Byung-ju Sohn are the the Office of Hydrology, Silver Spring, Maryland; and, 1991 corecipients of the Seymour Hess Doctoral most recently position as a general forecaster at the Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation National Weather Service Forecast Office, Sterling, from the meteorology department at the Florida State Virginia, where he also served as warning and pre- University during the preceding three years. Sohn's paredness meteorologist and as weather service evalu- dissertation was completed under Eric Smith in the ation officer. Schwerdt has a B.S. and M.S. in me- spring 1990 an d wa s titled "Cloud an d Surface Control teorology from the Florida State University and an on the Earth's Net Radiation Balance and the Role of M.S. in administratio n from George Washington Uni- the Atmospheric/Oceanic Transports: A Satellite Per- versity. spective." He is currently employed at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Whitaker's dissertation wa s com- Bruc e A. Kunkel has joined the Sigma Research pleted under Albert Barcilon in th e fall of 1990 an d was corporation of Westford, Massachusetts, as a princi- titled "On the Initiation of Surface Cyclones by Upper pal meteorologist. Kunkel retired from government Tropospheric Disturbances." He is currently on a service after working for 31 years at the Phillips postdoctorate at UCAR. These awards, in honor of Laboratory (formerly the Air Force Geophysics Labo- Seymour Hess, are made each third year and were ratory) at Hanscom Air Force Base, Masssachusetts. first made in 1985. While at the Phillips Lab, Kunkel worked 21 years in weather modification and cloud physics, and 10 years Ros s William Griffiths of the Research School of in atmospheric diffusion. In his new position at Sigma Earth Sciences of the Australian National University Research, Kunkel will be involved in a variety of air was awarded the Priestly Medal of the Australian quality studies including model development, analysis Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for excel- and evaluation, and the acquisition and analysis of lence in meteorological research. Griffiths has made transport and diffusion data. Kunkel received his B.S. many significant contributions to the understanding of degree in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State various stratified and rotating flows that are important University in 1957 an d his M.S. degree in meteorology in the ocean. He has a substantial international reputa- from the University of Washington in 1959. tion, and is particularly well known for his laboratory studies and the theoretical work associated with The WTVT Televisio n Weather Service at Tampa, them. Florida, announces a new channel 13 service. In October, channel 13 began broadcasting weather Curti s B. Barrett is now program manager for the information full time by a new method called "S. A. P." monitoring, simulation, and forecast for the Nile River (separate audio programming). Available 24 hours a Project. Th e project office is part of th e NOAA National day to stereo television receivers, a viewe r can change Weather Service Office of Hydrology in Silver Spring, his audio to receive a constantly updated weather Maryland. The primary goal of the project is to estab- report and forecast. lish a state-of-the-art river forecast system for the Nile Dubbed "Sapcasting," it provides channel 13 view- River at Aswan Dam located in Egypt. ers with a reliable source of weather information from the TRO N (Tampa Bay Regional Observing Network) Richar d W. Schwedt has been promoted to the system. TRO N is a computerized voice that updates weather parameters at Tamp a and St. Petersburg. "It position of deputy chief, Meteorological Services Divi- sion, National Weathe r Service, National Oceanic and is the only system of its type in the area that has Atmospheric Administration, Central Region, Kansas operated tw o years," said Roy Leep, director of weather City, Missouri. As deputy, he will be responsible for services, "and can also be heard on local cable or by monitoring and managing meteorological services in calling 870-9687." TRO N has been heard by the public 14 states. He formerly has served as a meteorologist since 1989 an d is part of WTVT' s new Weather Vision intern in Washington , D.C.; as a meteorologist (clima- 2000 system, which employs very accurate sensors tologist) at the National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, and computers unique to the broadcasting industry. North Carolina; as editor of th e Mariners Weather Log, TRO N ca n be heard by pushing the "MTS" or "SAP" Silver Spring, Maryland; as research meteorologist in button on one,s stereo television set. • Bulletin American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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