NOAA 2003-R219
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2/14/03
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KEITH BRILL RECEIVES HIGHEST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOR

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NOAA Weather Service) conferred its highest honor, the Isaac M. Cline Award, to Keith Brill, a meteorologist at the NWS’ Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) in Camp Springs, Md. Brill was recognized for providing outstanding scientific and technical leadership to NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. NOAA is part of the Department of Commerce.

Each year, NOAA Weather Service recognizes employees for operational excellence in the delivery of products and services in support of the weather service mission. Brill received the Cline Award in the meteorology category for pioneering work in the development of products generated automatically from combined human and weather model forecasts, the development of numerically based precipitation type guidance tools, the operational use of high resolution model data, and the development of forecast verification tools.

“Brill’s efforts to improve our services for the American people are a testament to his selfless dedication,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Kelly, director of the NOAA National Weather Service.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, along with private and public meteorological organizations will benefit from this work. Among those benefits are improved forecasts of winter weather – especially precipitation types like snow, rain, or wintery mix – and better forecasts of impending summer heat, which is the most deadly meteorological phenomenon, Kelly noted. The practical implications of Brill’s work are wide ranging. His work in the area of forecast tool development will lead to improved forecasts.

The Isaac M. Cline Award is named for the man whose courage and dedication are credited with savings thousands of lives during the Galveston, Texas, hurricane of September 8, 1900. Cline was in charge of the Weather Bureau Office in Galveston when the bustling seaport city was struck by the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The death toll exceeded 8,000, but could have been much higher if not for Cline’s understanding of the weather and his initiative in warning the public.

Eight of the prestigious awards are presented each year in the following categories: meteorology; hydrometeorology; hydrology; support services; upper air observation; leadership; engineering, electronics, or facilities; and, program management and administration.

Brill is from Woodstock, Va. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics and physics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., and a master’s of science degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. Brill joined the NWS in 1990, after working as a contractor at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center is one of nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction, which is part of NOAA’s National Weather Service. The HPC provides analysis and forecast products, specializing in quantitative precipitation forecasts to five days, weather forecast guidance to seven days, real-time weather modeling diagnostics discussions, and surface pressure and frontal analyses.

NOAA Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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