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The Council of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) announced today the election of Stanley Benjamin, research meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Forecast Systems Laboratory (FSL) in Boulder, Colo., as a Fellow of the Society. The announcement was made during the Society’s 84th Annual Review and Fellows Award ceremony at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Wash. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Only two-tenths of one percent of the membership are approved as a Fellow each year,” said AMS Executive Director Ronald D. McPherson. “Election to the grade of Fellow serves as a recognition of outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years.”

Benjamin’s research focuses on computer weather forecast modeling and data assimilation to initialize those models. He also directed the development of the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC), an operational NOAA weather forecast model designed especially for aviation and severe weather forecasting.

He has been at FSL since 1990. He was at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. from 1983 to 1990, in collaboration with NOAA.

Benjamin holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Michigan (1973), a master’s in meteorology from Penn State University (1980), and a Ph.D. in meteorology from Penn State University (1983).

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