Congratulations to the recipients of the National Weather Association (NWA) 2019 Annual Awards, the awards will be presented at the NWA 44th Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon on September 11 in Huntsville, Alabama.
The “Operational Individual Achievement Award” will be presented to Justin Pullin at the National Weather Service – Tallahassee, Florida, for dedicated, selfless, lifesaving service to the Bay County, Florida Emergency Operations Center before, during and after Hurricane Michael. Congratulations, Justin!
The “Operational Group Achievement Award” will be presented to National Weather Service – Tallahassee, Florida for providing life-saving forecasts, warnings and decision support services across Florida and Georgia before, during and after category-5 Hurricane Michael. Congratulations, NWS Tallahassee!
The “Walter J. Bennett Public Service Award” will be presented to Bedarius Bell Jr. for exemplary and dedicated service in helping the NWS promote weather safety and education for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Congratulations, Bedarius!
The “Aviation Meteorology Award” will be presented to FedEx Weather Service for exemplary team-work and service to the aviation community in the Mid-South region. Congratulations, FedEx Weather Service!
The “Local Chapter Award” will be presented to East Mississippi NWA Chapter for providing unique opportunities to career growth and improving the connection between chapter members with the local community and national organizations. Congratulations, East Mississippi NWA Chapter!
The “Broadcaster of the Year Award” will be presented to Lelan Statom at WTVF-TV for serving central Tennessee and southern Kentucky with accurate and timely weather forecasts for 26 years with a strong passion for giving back to the community. Congratulations, Lelan!
The “Larry R. Johnson Award” will be presented to Jordan Gerth and Scott Lindstrom at CIMSS/SSEC for outstanding efforts in educating operational meteorologists on the uses and benefits of the new GOES series of satellites. Congratulations, Jordan and Scott!
The “Special Lifetime Achievement Award” will be presented to Michael R. Smith at MSE Creative Consulting and former WeatherData, Inc. CEO for nearly 50 years of innovative and creative service to the Weather Enterprise dedicated to saving lives, property, and capital with critically accurate weather and warning information. Congratulations, Michael!
The “J. Kevin Lavin Award” will be presented to Nezette Rydell at NOAA/NWS for over 30 years of exemplary leadership, mentorship, and public service in the National Weather Service, and for continuously improving the working environment and service delivery. Congratulations, Nezette!
The “Special Appreciation Award” will be presented to Rebecca DePodwin at AccuWeather for her efforts in raising awareness of mental health, work/life balance, and issues for women in meteorology. Congratulations, Rebecca!