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The Reichelderfer Award is presented annually for distinguished environmental services to the nation, and is named for the man who headed the National Weather Service (formerly known as the U.S. Weather Bureau) for the longest period (1938 to 1963) in its rich 135 year history.
“In a career that has spanned almost three decades, Bart Hagemeyer has progressed from weather technician to forecaster to research meteorologist to manager,” said Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “He has excelled in every position, consistently enhancing the quality of service provided to the American public. This prestigious national recognition is well deserved.”
Prior to joining the NWS, Hagemeyer served in the U.S. Air Force as a Combat Weather Specialist supporting the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (1975 to 1977) and as a Dropsonde Systems Operator with the 54th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron in Guam (1977 to 1980) where he flew into 34 typhoons. He launched his NWS career as a Meteorological Technician at the Weather Service Forecast Office in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1981.
Hagemeyer spent the next eight years at the WSO in Columbia, Mo., where he progressed from meteorological technician to meteorologist and eventually becoming meteorologist-in-charge. In 1989, he was selected as the first MIC of the new Weather Forecast Office in Melbourne. It was the first new office created as part of the NWS modernization and restructuring effort and the site of the second operational WSR-88D radar system. Data collected during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the March Superstorm the following year, demonstrated the capabilities of the new radar system and helped create support for the NWS modernization program nationwide.
Under Hagemeyer’s leadership, the Melbourne WFO has consistently remained on the cutting edge of modernized warning and forecast operations. The office conducted extensive research on Florida’s hazardous weather and developed procedures to leverage the emerging NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar) technology to support collaborative opportunities with the nearby Kennedy Space Center. Hagemeyer’s collaborative work with NASA and Department of Defense scientists has also led to ground-breaking research which significantly improved the accuracy of hazardous weather forecasts.
In addition to his membership in the AMS, Hagemeyer is also a member of the National Weather Association and is the author of numerous scientific publications and technical memoranda. Awards for Hagemeyer and his Melbourne team include the NASA Group Achievement Award (1991), NOAA Unit Citation (1992), NWS Modernization Awards (1993 & 1995), DOC Gold Medal Award (1998), NWA Group Operational Achievement Award (1998), AMS Award for Specific Prediction (1999) and a NOAA Administrator’s Award for Scientific Leadership (2001).
Founded in 1919, the AMS is a scientific and professional organization that promotes the development and dissemination of information on atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. The Society publishes nine well-respected scientific journals, sponsors scientific conferences, and supports public education programs across the country.
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