Robert J. Bermowitz period, Bermowitz led a wide variety of efforts to 1941-1999 improve local precipitation forecasting by use of im- proved numerical models and statistical techniques. This included a project to initialize a subsynoptic ad- The meteorological community was deeply sad- vection model with hourly surface observations and dened to learn of the recent passing of Robert J. the eventual derivation of the first sets of Model Bermowitz, a former employee of the National Output Statistics (MOS) equations for precipitation Weather Service (NWS), on 24 November 1999. amount. He also made important contributions for over Bermowitz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New a decade toward pioneering the development of a com- York. In 1962 he received a B.A. from Brooklyn Col- lege. He was awarded an M.S. in meteorology from puter worded forecast system, which included testing New York University in 1966 and subsequently com- and evaluation of the initial approach at selected field pleted postgraduate studies. offices. Bermowitz directed the project to develop a specialized MOS package to predict temperature and In 1967, he began what turned out to be a 20-year precipitation amount for locations of importance to the career with the Techniques Development Laboratory
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 2000
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